Swim England National Winter Championships (50m) 2017 Day 5
Millfield's Brodie Williams set a new personal best time 1:59.29 to win 200m Backstroke bronze, OM Fraser Minnican (Loughboro Uni) collected 200m Individual Medley bronze and 15 year old Rachel Anderson won her 400m Freestyle B Final in Ponds Forge. And Adam Chillingworth helped Plymouth Leander to victory in the men’s 4x100m Medley relay.
World University Games bronze medallist Joe Litchfield won men’s 200m Individual Medley gold. The City of Sheffield swimmer was almost a second faster than closest rival, European Junior champion Thomas Dean. Litchfield made it to the wall in a time of 2:00.58, taking his second gold medal of the meet.
“It wasn’t my PB but I already had the time for the Commonwealth’s from the summer so hopefully that will be enough to get me there,” said Litchfield, who won the 400m IM crown on day two in Sheffield. My aim was to make sure I won it so I stayed the second fastest person. I’m happy with that gold and the victory and hopefully I’ve done enough to get on the team.”
Dean of Maidenhead took silver with a time of 2:01.39. Bronze went to Fraser Minnican of Loughborough Uni for his 2:02.99 effort.
Kevin Wallbank claimed gold in an all Loughborough podium in the B final. He touched in 2:04.68 to beat team mates Nathan Wells and Craig Munden to the top spot.
Lauren Quigley clocked 28.86 to win her first gold medal of the meet in the Women’s 50m Backstroke. Although she had Woking’s Anna Maine and Newcastle’s Phoebe Lenderyou hot on her heels throughout, she had the pace and power to stay ahead.
Quigley commented: “It was good. I was quite a bit off my PB but I had a bit of fun, enjoyed it and gave it my all.”
Maine and Lenderyou were neck and neck as they approached the final 15m. It looked as though it could go either way. Seventeen-year-old Maine just edged ahead to claim silver in 29.17 while Lenderyou took bronze in 29.24.
Plymouth Leander’s Honey Osrin put in an impressive performance in the B final to win gold. She was the youngest competitor in the field at 14, but managed to hold her own to claim top spot on the podium in a PB 29.75.
Laura Stephens of Plymouth Leander was the first athlete to duck under the consideration time for Gold Coast in the final session of the Swim England National Winter Championships. The 18-year-old, who won a pair of bronze medals at the 2016 European Junior Championships, took gold in the 200m Butterfly. She was almost second under the consideration time, as well as her previous personal best. Stephens made it to the wall in a time of 2:09.32 to claim her second gold of the meet, having also won the 100m Fly crown.
Stephens said: “I’m over the moon. Training’s been so tough, we’ve really tried to step things up this season. I’ve been stuck at that 2:10 barrier for quite a long time now so to finally dip under that is such a good feeling.”
Aimee Willmott of the University of Stirling secured the silver medal for her time of 2:10.61. This added to her two gold medals in the 200m and 400m IM. City of Leeds’ Ciara Schlosshan followed up for third, touching in 2:11.79.
Caitlin Hubbard won the B final in a new personal best time, 2:15.60. The City of Birmingham swimmer beat Wirral Metro’s Tori Sopp and Ealing’s Lucy Thornton for gold.
Tom Fannon secured a second gold medal for Plymouth Leander in the next A final. The 19-year old won the men’s 50m Freestyle final with more than 0.3 seconds to spare. He beat Edinburgh-based David Cumberlidge to claim the title in a new personal best time of 22.10. Like teammate Stephens, Fannon secured the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth consideration time with his swim.
“I’m very pleased,” said Fannon, who picked up 50m Free bronze at the 2016 European Juniors. “I’ve got a lot of improvements to make. On the 50 it’s all technical, so it’s nothing really to do with training, it’s how technically well you perform on the day. It went well today but I know I can go a little faster and dip into that 21 but it takes time. My coach has done a great job getting me mentally prepared for the race so that really helps. Hopefully I can get into the senior events and start medalling. We’ll see how things go.”
Cumberlidge touched in 22:43, whilst Lewis Burras of Southport took bronze with 22.62.
James Oxborrow of Loughborough Uni put in a good performance to win the B final. He beat Lewis Clifford Stephenson and Andrew Roy to take the top spot on the podium in 22.97.
Fannon landed a second gold of the night as he helped Plymouth Leander to victory in the men’s 4x100m Medley relay. They were the dominant force in the race and left the competition in their wake. The quartet of Perry Gardner, Adam Chillingworth, Reece Dunn and Fannon swam a collective 3:37.58 for gold.
Second place went to Pioneer 79 with a time of 3:52.93 and third place to City of Peterborough in 3:54.59.
Mount Kelly won the women’s 4x100m Medley relay event, beating Birmingham Uni and Hatfield. Athena Clayson, Niamh Robinson, Kaylee Dekker and Georgina Dennis were more than six seconds faster than their closest rivals. They touched in 4:16.09.
City of Sheffield swimmer Ellie Faulkner won gold in the women’s 400m Freestyle on the final day of the Swim England National Winter Championships 2017. The 24-year-old was pushed hard by Stockport Metro and current British champion Holly Hibbott. Faulkner touched in 4:06.90, shaving 0.3 seconds from her personal best time, set at the Olympic Trials in 2012.
Faulkner commented: “I’m pretty shocked again. I’m swimming PBs at this time in the season when we’re not used to doing it, especially as we’re only partially tapered. I can’t wait to get out to the Gold Coast because, fully-tapered, who knows what could happen?”
Hibbott was seven seconds quicker than her qualifying time, taking silver in 4:07.20. Alice Dearing of Loughborough swam a great race for bronze. The 20-year-old is usually found competing for medals in open water, but touched in 4:13.77 for third place.
Rachel Anderson (Millfield) won the B Final in 04:20.54.
Luke Greenbank finished off the backstroke double, winning 200m Back gold to add to his earlier victory in the 100m. Greenbank and Dan Cross, both of Loughborough Uni, swam great races, both beating 1:59 on the clock. Greenbank, who has already been selected for the Gold Coast 2018 team for 200m Back, ultimately took the title in a time of 1:58.32, while Cross took silver in 1:58.98.
Greenbank said: “I’m really pleased with that. I didn’t come in with any expectations, I just wanted to swim my own race and put a good time down for this time of the year. I’m really happy with how this year has gone. I just need to push on now.”
The final spot on the podium went to 18-year-old Brodie Williams. The Millfield swimmer swam a new personal best time of 1:59.29 for bronze.
|Mens Open 200m IM||3||Fraser Minnican||22||Loughboro Un||02:02.99||02:06.27||02:03.53|
|Mens Open 200m IM||6||Jacob Greenow||18||Bath Univ||02:03.68||02:04.65||02:04.07|
|Mens Open 200m IM||9||Jasper Lye||18||Co Bristol||02:08.98||02:10.55||02:09.70|
|Mens Open 50m Freestyle||5||Samuel Irvine||20||Loughboro Un||00:22.87||00:22.95||00:22.80|
|Mens Open 50m Freestyle||9||Miles Munro||21||Bath Univ||00:23.01||00:23.04||00:22.68|
|Mens Open 50m Freestyle||4||Andrew Roy||19||Bath Univ||00:23.18||00:23.29||00:23.63|
|Mens Open 50m Freestyle||10||Louis Barker||18||Millfield||00:23.99||00:23.86||00:23.58|
|Mens Open 200m Backstroke||3||Brodie Williams||18||Millfield||01:59.29||02:01.14||02:00.00|
|Mens Open 200m Backstroke||5||Joseph Hulme||20||Bath Univ||02:00.75||02:00.90||01:58.63|
|Mens Open 200m Backstroke||9||Jacob Greenow||18||Bath Univ||02:04.13||02:03.12||02:03.91|
|Mens Open 200m Backstroke||3||Jay Lelliott||22||Co Sheffield||02:03.25||02:03.49||02:01.35|
|Mens Open 200m Backstroke||7||William Ryley||19||Bath Univ||02:05.12||02:05.97||02:06.64|
|Mens Open 200m Backstroke||8||Thomas Thornley||18||Millfield||02:05.85||02:06.50||02:06.41|
|Womens Open 400m Freestyle||1||Rachel Anderson||15||Millfield||04:20.54||04:27.85||04:18.95|
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