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Taverner backs up British record with Junior gold

Oliver Taverner claimed the Junior 50m Breaststroke crown as English swimmers won five of the six junior titles on day two of the British Swimming Championships 2017.

Taverner was in lane four for the final in Sheffield, having broken 29 seconds for the first time with a British 15 Yrs age group record 28,98 in the heats.

And while the Mount Kelly swimmer couldn’t quite match his effort from the heats, his time of 29.08 was enough to reach the wall first ahead of Wales’ Lewis Fraser (29.15).

Large and Peters capture butterfly crowns

Emily Large topped the junior podium for the second time in as many days as she claimed the 50m Fly title.

The Newcastle swimmer had already claimed the Junior 400m Individual Medley crown on day one in Sheffield.

But she proved no less effective in the sprint event, clocking a PB 27.30 to become the second fastest British 16-year old of all time over 50m Fly.

Ellesmere College Titans’ Freya Anderson sits at the top of those rankings, and strengthened her position with a British age group record 27.02 to finish fifth in the senior final.

Poole’s Jacob Peters edged closer to the two minute mark as he won the Junior 200m Butterfly title.

The 16-year old had more than a second in hand on the field as he came home in 2:00.65, sailing under his 2:02.34 PB effort from the heats.

Peters’ result saw him become just the third British 16-year old to break 2:01 over 200m Fly, following in the footsteps of Matthew Johnson, whose British age group record stands at 1:59.12, and double Olympic medallist James Guy.

Clogg and Black win first junior golds

City of Sheffield’s Elliot Clogg also moved to third in the British historic age group rankings as the 17-year old won the Junior 100m Backstroke crown.

Swimming in lane four after a 56.21 effort in the heats, Clogg turned in third at the half way stage on 27.15 before a strong second 50m saw him finish in a PB 55.62.

City of Leeds’ Layla Black captured the Junior 200m Breaststroke title with a season’s best.

While the 16-year old turned in first at all three splits, she was made to dig deep to claim gold, with RTW Monson’s Annabel Guye-Johnson and Sheffield’s Amy Bell applying pressure throughout.

Black ultimately took the touch in 2:29.74 ahead of Guye-Johnson’s PB 2:30.30 and Bell’s PB 2:30.44.

While the only other junior title of the night – the girls’ 100m Backstroke – went to Scotland, winner Cassie Wild does train at English club Ellesmere College Titans.

The 16-year old clocked a PB 1:01.26 to clinch the title while City of Sheffield’s Lily Boseley was just 0.07 seconds off the British 15 Yrs age group record as she took silver with a PB 1:01.66.

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