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EISM inc. British Swimming Championships 2018 D4 - Silver for Kurle

On the final day of competition of the Edinburgh International Meet incorporating the British Swimming Championships, junior swimmers seized their opportunities to dominate the podium.

Men’s 200m freestyle

Stephen Milne of Perth City Swim Club came from lane one to claim the Men’s 200m freestyle title. Poul Zellman (Germany, 1:49.67) touched the wall in second place. The second and third fastest Brits were Cameron Kurle (Bath University, 1:49.97) who improved on his 1:50.89 heat time to take silver and Jay Lelliott (City of Sheffield, 1:50.27) who missed out on a hat-trick of freestyle gold medals and had to settle for bronze. Calum Jarvis (Bath Uni, 1:51.42) finished in eighth place.

Millfield's Jakob Goodman (1:51.10) went 1.02s faster than his heat swim to win the B Final in which team mate Kieran Bird finished equal sixth (1:52.03). 

Session 10 heats: Jeffery Chen (Bath Uni, 1:55.77) and Max McCusker (Millfield, 1:57.25). Session 11 heats: Louis Barker (Millfield, 1:56.20), Huw Williams (Millfield, 1:57.39), Thomas Thornley (Millfield, 1:57.7).

Watch Somerset swimming stars by clicking on Day 4 Session links below to reveal the video stream. 


Session 12


Session 11


Session 10


Men’s 50m Breaststroke

Adam Peaty won the 50m Breaststroke in 27.11 to complete a British double with ease as he prepares for the Commonwealth Games . Although 0.04s slower than his qualification time from the morning’s heats Peaty still finished more than a body length ahead of silver medallist James Wilby(27.81). Darragh Greene (Ireland, 28.16) touched third but Zak Aitchison (Uni Of Stirl) improved 0.15s on his heat swim to finish third fastest Brit and take home bronze with 28.26. Aitchison also featured in the skins event won by Peaty.

“It was great to get out there and race but now it’s time to get back in Commonwealth Games mode,” said Peaty, who is reigning world champion and world record holder for 50m Breast. It was good to put a show on tonight. It was great to be against James, a fellow Loughborough boy as well, but I’m very excited to get to the holding camp now and some sun on my back.

“Seven back-to-back 50’s was a real test tonight but I’m really pleased with the times. It shows me I have the pace I need and that things are coming together ahead of Gold Coast.
“This week was about testing myself which I feel I’ve done and to come away having defended my British titles is a bonus considering I’m unrested.”

Fastest of  Session 11's heats, Callum Richards (Taunton Deane, 29.82) earned a place in the Junior Final.

Session 10 heats: James King (Weston-super-Mare) 30.16. Session 11:   William Mitchell (Millfield, 30.02), Daniel New (Millfield, 30.83), William Ellington (Millfield, 31.08)

Women’s 100m Freestyle

Freya Anderson (Ellesmere College Titans) became the third junior in quick succession to win a gold medal and celebrated her 17th birthday in style with the 100m Freestyle title. Anderson, who is part of Team England’s Commonwealth Games squad, defended her title and also qualified for the European Junior Championships in Finland later this this year. Her time of 55.91 was 0.18s inside the qualification time for the event in Helsinki in July 2018.

Anderson was pushed close by a couple of Scottish rivals. Lucy Hope (University of Edinburgh) was 0.04 seconds behind Anderson and took silver in 55.95. Bronze went to another Edinburgh-based swimmer Katie Stark in 56.12.

“It was very close,” said the Ellesmere College Titans swimmer, who is World Junior champion over 100m Free. “I know I have to come back quite strong because I do not go out too fast so I had to put everything into the last 25m really. All the juniors winning here has inspired me.”

Team Bath AS star Laura McNab made the A Final and finished 0.05s faster than her heat time in sixth (56.66). While Anderson won gold, the fastest time of the event 55.82 was recorded in the B final by City of Sheffield’s Eleanor Faulkner who will be one of Anderson’s England teammates in Australia.

A 58.35s heat swim in Session 11 earned Rhiannon Bowen a swim-off against Kaylee Dekker to open Session 12. The Team Bath AS swimmer enjoyed a comfortable victory in the spotlight. 

Session 11 heats: Ella Riggall (Co Bristol, 1:00.59), Waris Mills (Millfield, 1:01.83).

Men’s 400m Individual Medley

Winner of silver over 400m IM and gold over 200m IM at the 2017 European Juniors Tom Dean (Maidenhead) did the medley double in the Royal Commonwealth Pool, powering to the 400m IM title in an impressive personal best 4:18.90. Dean finished almost five seconds ahead of Charlie Hutchison (Ellesmere College Titans, 4:23.37 pb) in second with Thomas Paine (City of Manchester Aquatics, 4.27.35) third.

Jacob Greenow (Bath Uni) had qualified third fastest in 4:28.82 and came seventh in 4:30.06.

Afterwards, Dean explained, “I knew I was feeling good but didn’t quite expect that result, I’m really pleased with my swims across the week, I think I’ll probably have a couple of days off and then get my head down and back into hard training.

"It was a great way to wrap up the competition – I’m really happy,” said Dean. “I’m training and working hard and taking things one day at a time. This was a really important meet for me. Hopefully, I’ve got the European Championships coming up in July and I’m working on my progression into senior swimming.”

Session 10 heat times: Brodie Williams (Millfield, 4:30.46) which earned him a final berth and Will Ryley (Bath Uni, 4:42.43). Session 11: William Ellington (Millfield, 4:51.69).

Men’s 100m Butterfly

Federico Burdisso (Mt Kelly, 53.40) and Brendan Hyland (Ireland, 53.74) were fastest in the Open final leaving another junior and member of Team England’s Commonwealth Games squad, Jacob Peters (Poole) in third place to be crowned British champion in the 100m Butterfly.

His time of 53.78 was 0.12s outside the qualification time for a spot at the European Junior Championships but with his Commonwealth debut little over a month away, Peters admitted he was delighted with his form this close to the Games., 

“I’m really happy with that swim. – it’s quite good,” said Peters. “I’m trying to stay positive and actions speak louder than words. I’ve really enjoyed it – its been a great experience.”

Duncan Scott (Uni Of Stirl, 53.85) in fourth and Sam Horrocks (Co Manch Aquatics, 54.33) in sixth were the second and third placed Brits.

Santos Villalon (Millfield, 55.49) brought his busy schedule to a close with another Junior Final appearance, finishing fourth.

Session 10 heats: Max McCusker (Millfield, 55.26), William Cole (Co Bristol, 55.90) and Huw Williams (Millfield, 57.10). Session 11 heats: Kye Adams (Co Bristol, 58.31), William Ellington (Millfield, 59.22).

Women’s 200m Butterfly

Alys Thomas of Swansea Aquatics was on form in the Women’s 200m butterfly. She dominated the four laps of the Royal Commonwealth Pool and set a new Edinburgh International Meet record and the second fastest time in the Commonwealth this year of 2:07.54 to claim the gold and the British title.

Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens settled for silver with 2:10.00. Newcastle’s world junior champion Emily Large took bronze in 2:11.06.

Rachel Anderson (Millfield, 2:18.39) swam 1.44s faster than her morning heat swim in the C Final, finishing fourth.

Session 10 heats: Isabel Jones (Millfield, 2:20.32)

Women’s 50m Breaststroke

Imogen Clark, based at National Centre Loughborough, showed form and speed in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke as she took the title for the second year with the second fastest 50m Breaststroke time in the Commonwealth this year.

Loughborough University swimmer Clark touched first in 30.70, 0.17s ahead of Ireland's Mona McSharry. Clark's training partner Sarah Vasey was the second fastest Brit with 30.93 and Corrie Scott (Edinburgh Uni) claimed bronze with 31.44.

Clark said: “I’m happy with that – it was good to finish on a high. I love the 50m – I just switch off and get to the other end. It’s great fun.”

Millfield's Abigail Hurst came eighth in the Junior Final (33.22). 

Session 11 heats: Isabella Renwick (Millfield, 33.86), Alice Chan (Millfield, 34.58), Candice Lam (Millfield, 34.76).

Women’s 1,500m Freestyle

Spain's Mireia Belmonte (16:21.70) and Jimena Perez (16:35.37) were fastest in the 1500m Freestyle but 16-year-old Leah Crisp (City of Leeds) was the first Brit home, earning her a first British senior title.

Crisp was six seconds outside the qualification time for the European Junior Championships but clocked a personal best of 17:03.47. Stockport’s Alisha Hawkins took silver in 17:15.20 with City of Leicester’s Michella Glenister third in 17:20.27.

When asked why she took on the new distance Crisp said: “This has been added to the Olympic programme so it’s great there is something new. It’s great that people have another opportunity to find their event.”

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