Swim England National Winter Championships (50m) 2017 Day 2
Somerset based swimmers received a big confidence boost on day two of the Swim England National Winter Championships 2017 as Cameron Kurle, Jessica Fullalove (Bath National Centre) and Anna Hopkin (Bath Univ) won national titles at Ponds Forge.
Rio 2016 Olympian Kurle showed some great form to win the Men’s 200m Freestyle. He was the fourth fastest qualifier going into the final, but almost a fifth of a second faster then the rest of the field at the end of the race. Kurle touched in 1:48.86, narrowly outside the consideration time for the Gold Coast but putting him in the frame for potential relay selection.
Commenting on his performance, Kurle said: “My coach said ‘get out there and give it your best shot’ so no pressure. I just went out and had some fun. I’m happy with the time as it’s only December. The season only started a couple of months back so to go 1:48 in December I’m really pleased.”
Second place went to Nicholas Grainger (City of Sheffield, 1:49.03) and third to Grainger’s team mate Jay Lelliot (1:49.24.), who won 400m Freestyle gold on Day 1.
Jarvis Parkinson of Loughborough Uni claimed the gold medal in the B final. He beat Salford’s Lewis Clough, and Regan Lloyd of Team Ipswich. Parkinson swam 1:49.66 to top the podium.
Jessica Fullalove claimed gold in the Women’s 100m Backstroke event. Although she was beaten to the wall by the Canadian Taylor Ruck, she was the fastest English swimmer. She was also inside the consideration time for Commonwealth selection, touching in 1:00.65.
Fullalove said: “I’ve done what I wanted to achieve. I wanted to get the qualification time so that’s a big weight off my shoulders. I can now focus on the rest of the meet and enjoy it.”
Chloe Golding of City of Manchester Aquatics claimed a silver medal for her 1:01.22 effort, also within the consideration time. Bronze went to City of Liverpool’s Lauren Quigley with 1:01.95.
In the B final, Loughborough Uni’s Charlotte Evans claimed the gold medal. She was only just ahead of the field, taking the win with a 1:02.68 effort.
Anna Hopkin was done in a flash in the 50m Freestyle final. The Bath University swimmer was just a fingertip behind Canada’s Kayla Sanchez, touching in 25.33 as the fastest English swimmer to the wall. Second place went to Emily Barclay of Loughborough Uni with 25.50. The final podium place went to Katie Latham of Thanet Swim and City of Sunderland’s Freya Rayner, tied on 25.73.
Lauren Quigley of City of Liverpool claimed gold in the B final, touching in 26.07.
James Wilby started the finals on day two in style, winning the men’s 100m Breaststroke. After narrowly missing out on the consideration time for the Gold Coast in this morning’s heats, the Loughborough National Centre swimmer looked relieved to have shaved a few more millisecond off to duck under 59.98. He touched in 59.95 for a new personal best and a gold medal.
Wilby commented: “I am very happy to win gold. I had a slightly disappointing swim yesterday [in the 200m Breaststroke] missing out on the qualification time for the Commonwealth Games next year. So to do this today and bounce back within 24 hours is great.”
Second place went to Andrew Willis of Bath National Centre in a time of 1:01.16. Lawrence Palmer of Putteridge claimed the bronze medal with 1:01.28.
Toby Mackay-Champion of City of Oxford ducked under this personal best time to claim gold in the B final. He swam 1:03.49, beating his old lifetime best by 0.6s and City of Bristil's Jasper Lye into second by 0.04s. Lye's swims reduced his personal best by over a second.
Joe Litchfield of City of Sheffield claimed gold in the men’s 400m Individual Medley on day two of the Swim England National Winter Championships. The 19-year-old touched in a new personal best time of 4:18.70 to top the podium. He was over seven seconds faster than his heat swim.
“I’m getting better as the year goes on so and I’m happy to come out with the medal and PB.” said Litchfield.
Maidenhead’s European Junior silver medallist Tom Dean claimed silver. He touched in a personal 4:19.55 for his medal. Loughborough University’s Millfield OM Fraser Minnican followed up for third, claiming bronze in a time of 4:20.25 with Jacob Greenow (4:20.42 pb) and Brodie Williams (4:21.62) in hot pursuit, finishing fourth and fifth.
The B final went to Zak Logue of City of Sunderland, who beat Nathan Wells of Loughborough Uni and Newcastle’s Adam Wilson to the touch. He claimed gold in 4:30.37.
Stockport Metro’s Holly Hibbott dominated the women’s 800m Freestyle. The 18-year-old, who has already been named on the England team for next year’s Commonwealth Games, touched in 8:38.54 for gold.
“I’m quite happy with my gold medal, but I wish I had been closer to my PB,” said Hibbott, who set a lifetime best 8:30.66 to reach the final on her World Championship debut earlier this year. I’m pleased to see I can swim like that when I’m unrested and hopefully next year when I’m rested I’ll be able to swim faster.”
Loughborough Uni’s Alice Dearing claimed silver in 8:43.73. Bronze went to City of Leeds’ Leah Crisp for her 8:47.90 effort. Millfield's Rachel Anderson hammered out an impressive personal best of over 11s to finish 11th fastest in 9:04.59.
Plymouth Leander secured gold in the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle relay. The quartet of Reece Dunn, James Watson, Freddy Clampett and Thomas Fannon swam a collective 3:25.58 to beat Mount Kelly to the wall.
|M 100m Breaststroke||A Final||2||Andrew Willis||27||Bath NC||01:01.16||01:01.61||01:00.95|
|M 100m Breaststroke||A Final||5||Charlie Attwood||20||Bath NC||01:01.74||01:01.85||01:00.39|
|M 100m Breaststroke||A Final||8||Luke Davies||20||Bath Univ||01:03.27||01:02.80||01:01.93|
|M 100m Breaststroke||B Final||2||Jasper Lye||18||Co Bristol||01:03.53||01:03.81||01:04.60|
|M 100m Breaststroke||B Final||6||Adam Chillingworth||20||Plymouth Lea||01:04.61||01:04.53||01:04.38|
|M 200m Freestyle||A Final||1||Cameron Kurle||20||Bath NC||01:48.86||01:50.61||01:48.91|
|M 200 Freestyle||A Final||3||Jay Lelliott||22||Co Sheffield||01:49.24||01:50.54||01:49.06|
|M 200m Freestyle||A Final||6||Calum Jarvis||25||Bath NC||01:49.85||01:51.07||01:47.02|
|M 200m Freestyle||A Final||8||Thomas Kingham||19||Loughboro Un||01:51.20||01:51.44||01:50.56|
|M 200m Freestyle||A Final||10||William Cole||18||Co Bristol||01:52.20||01:51.27||01:54.40|
|M 200m Freestyle||B Final||6||Kieran Bird||18||Millfield||01:53.53||01:53.56||01:53.81|
|M 400m IM||A Final||3||Fraser Minnican||22||Loughboro Un||04:20.25||04:27.07||04:22.31|
|M 400m IM||A Final||4||Jacob Greenow||18||Bath Univ||04:20.42||04:26.38||04:22.20|
|M 400m IM||A Final||5||Brodie Williams||18||Millfield||04:21.62||04:25.97||04:20.64|
|M 400m IM||B Final||7||Jasper Lye||18||Co Bristol||04:40.60||04:42.59||04:40.15|
|W 100m Backstroke||A Final||2||Jessica Fullalove||21||Bath NC||01:00.65||01:01.34||01:00.29|
|W 50m Freestyle||A Final||2||Anna Hopkin||21||Bath Univ||00:25.33||00:25.39||00:25.07|
|W 800m Freestyle||HDW||11||Rachel Anderson||15||Millfield||09:04.59||09:16.91|