Swim England National Winter Championships (50m) 2017 Day 1

The achievements of unsung heroes are recognised in December. So on a day when podium places were proving elusive, it is worth highlighting the outstanding progress of Beth Aitchison, Lily Booker,  Brodie Williams, Jasper Lye, Adam Chillingworth, Jacob Greenow, Max McCusker, Andrew Roy, Miles Munro and William Cole whose improving bests are shown in the table below. 

Luke Greenbank (Loughborough University) beat Bath NC's reigning 100m Backstroke Commonwealth champion Chris Walker-Hebborn to the touch. Greenbank was half a second from the qualifying time for the Gold Coast, touching in a new personal best time of 54.58. “I was really pleased with that,” said Greenbank, who has already been named on the 2018 Commonwealth team for 200m Backstroke.

“It’s been a long time since I got a PB in the 100m Back so I’m really pleased with it. I knew going in it was going to be a close one. Any of those guys could have taken it so I just tried to swim my own way and have my own race. I came back really strong which was good and part of my race plan.”

Walker-Hebborn took silver in 54.68. Bronze went to Greenbank’s Loughborough team mate Daniel Cross in 54.76.

James Wilby of Loughborough National Centre put in a terrific effort in the Men’s 200m Breastroke event. He went head-to-head against Bath National Centre swimmer Andrew Willis down the final 50m and took the win in 2:10.28, just 0.09 seconds away from the consideration time for the Gold Coast. Willis, who already has his seat on the plane, touched in 2:11.10 for silver. Bronze went to Toby Mackay-Champion in 2:14.15. Jasper Ley and Adam Chillingworth battled their way to successive personal bests finishing in 5th and 6th places.

Team Bath alumni Jay Lelliott now at City of Sheffield swam a great race to win 400m Freestyle gold in 3:47.85, just 0.06 seconds away from the consideration time for the Gold Coast. Second place went to Tim Shuttleworth (Loughborough Uni) who went out strong but couldn’t maintain the pace until the end. He dropped back to a silver medal around halfway mark, and touched in 3:50.25. Third place went to another Sheffield swimmer, Samuel Budd, who claimed bronze with a 3:53.12 effort.

Beth Aitchison (Loughborough University) made two A Finals, placing third in 50m Breaststroke and third English swimmer home in a best 2:00.40 in the 200 Free.

City of Sheffield swimmer Ellie Faulkner swam neck-and-neck with Canada’s Taylor Ruck throughout the 200m Freestyle final digging deep over the final 50m to win by by 0.18s in a new personal best 1:56.76.

Commenting on her performance, Faulkner said: “To be honest, I’m in complete shock [at getting the PB]. I’m only partially rested for this meet because I’ve already qualified [for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games]. So for me it was about racing hard and training hard at the same time. Coming out with a PB was a shock, but I feel like I have got much more to come and hopefully I can bring it out at the Gold Coast.”

Holly Hibbott (Stockport Metro) was almost three seconds behind but still under the qualification time for Commonwealth Games selection. She touched in a PB 1:59.24 to take silver, breaking two minutes for the first time.

Beth Aitchison followed Kayla Sanchez (HPC Ontario, 1:59.33) to be third English swimmer home.

Loughborough National Centre swimmer and British champion Imogen Clark clinched the Women’s 50m Breaststroke title by a full second in 30.62. It was almost too close to call between second and third, with just 0.01 seconds between them. Guye-Johnson took silver with 31.61, while Aitchison took bronze with 31.62.

Laura Stephens (Plymouth Leander) secured the 100m Butterfly  gold medal. 18-year-old Stephens was just 0.14s away from the selection time for the Gold Coast in this event. Though she was beaten to the touch by Canada’s World Junior silver medallist Rebecca Smith (58.18), she touched in a PB 58.70 to take the national title.

Second place went to Harriet West of Loughborough Uni who touched in 59.25. The bronze medal went to West’s teammate Rachael Kelly for her 59.26 effort.

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor finished outside the medals but progressive improvements reduced her time to 59.57.

Aimee Willmott twice went under the qualifying time for Gold Coast selection in the Women’s 400m Individual Medley. The University of Stirling-based swimmer had already made the time this morning, touching in 4:41.81 against the consideration time of 4:42.88. However, she bested her own time again in the final with a 4:36.89 effort.

Willmott said: “I’m really happy with that. Coming into the meet I knew I had the time in me, I’ve done it countless times before but after the injuries I’ve had I was a bit nervous that I would struggle before the end but I surprised myself. It’s great to have other girls in the field going 4.40 as it’s good to push each other.”

Second place went to Rosie Rudin of City of Sheffield, who also made the consideration time. The 19-year-old was a few seconds away from Willmott, touching in 4:39.95. Abbie Wood’s 4:40.30 effort was also enough to duck under the QT, securing her the final place on the podium.

Rudin commented on her swim: “It was very emotional as I had a very disappointing year. So I wanted to come here and prove to myself that I could do it. After the World’s I sat down with Russ [Barber, Rudin’s coach] and we talked about what I could learn from it and what to do going forwards which was really good.”

Abbie Wood said: “I’m very pleased. To get that time at this time of the year was good. Aimee (Willmott) and Hannah (Miley) really push me and Rosie on, so trying to catch them helps us to get a good time, which is really helpful on an international platform. I’ve got a few other events this week so I’m going to do as well as I can.”

Lily Booker (Co Bristol, 4:56.93) benefited from the pace to beat her previous best by 1.25s.

The B Final of the 400m IM saw City of Leicester’s Michaella Glenister produce a huge PB, shaving over three seconds from her previous time set at the European Youth Olympic Festival this year. She claimed gold with 4:53.76.

Jacob Peters (Poole SC) won the Men’s 50m Butterfly A final. The 17-year-old was one of the younger swimmers in the field but showed great composure to take the title in a time of 24.28, matching his personal best set at this year’s British Summer Championships.

The silver medal was won by City of Manchester’s Sam Horrocks for his 24.37 effort. Bronze went to Alexander Bowen of Loughborough for his time of 24.40.

Stockport Metro's Elizabeth Harris, Madeleine Crompton, Katie Matts and Holly Hibbott swam a collective 3:50.45 to claim the title in the women’s 4x100m Freestyle relay ahead of Mount Kelly.

Open Finals
 

Event Final Place Name AaD Club Time Heat Start
W 200m Freestyle A Final 5 Beth Aitchison 20 Loughboro Un 02:00.40 02:02.37 02:01.00
W 200m Freestyle A Final 7 Georgia Coates 18 Bath NC 02:01.44 02:02.11 02:00.78
W 400m IM A Final 7 Lily Booker 16 Co Bristol 04:56.93 04:59.89 04:58.18
W 50m Breaststroke A Final 3 Beth Aitchison 20 Loughboro Un 00:31.62 00:31.89 00:31.15
W 50m Breaststroke B Final 9 Lily Booker 16 Co Bristol 00:33.59 00:33.48 00:33.60
W 50m Breaststroke B Final 10 Stella Cookson 17 Team Bath AS 00:34.07 00:33.44 00:32.75
W 100m Butterfly A Final 5 Siobhan-Marie O'Connor 22 Bath NC 00:59.57 00:59.69 00:59.77
M 100m Backstroke A Final 2 Chris Walker-Hebborn 27 Bath NC 00:54.61 00:54.60 00:54.20
M 100m Backstroke A Final 6 Joseph Hulme 20 Bath Univ 00:55.79 00:55.88 00:55.19
M 100m Backstroke A Final 7 Brodie Williams 18 Millfield 00:55.88 00:56.21 00:55.89
M 100m Backstroke B Final 5 Filippos Iakovidis 19 Bath Univ 00:57.29 00:57.94 00:57.12
M 100m Backstroke B Final 8 Henry Chesterman 19 Loughboro Un 00:58.34 00:57.92 00:57.74
M 200m Breaststroke A Final 2 Andrew Willis 27 Bath NC 02:11.10 02:12.68 02:09.25
M 200m Breaststroke A Final 5 Jasper Lye 18 Co Bristol 02:16.77 02:17.35 02:19.29
M 200m Breaststroke A Final 6 Adam Chillingworth 20 Plymouth Leander 02:16.83 02:17.73 02:19.05
M 200m Breaststroke A Final 8 Luke Davies 20 Bath Univ 02:17.87 02:15.28 02:14.15
M 200m Breaststroke B Final 2 Jacob Greenow 18 Bath Univ 02:18.13 02:19.74 02:18.23
M 50m Butterfly A Final 5 Max McCusker 18 Millfield 00:24.57 00:24.95 00:24.97
M 50m Butterfly A Final 7 Andrew Roy 19 Bath Univ 00:24.66 00:24.73 00:25.60
M 50m Butterfly B Final 1 Miles Munro 21 Bath Univ 00:24.76 00:25.31 00:25.54
M 50m Butterfly B Final 5 William Cole 18 Co Bristol 00:25.01 00:25.16 00:25.18
M 400m Freestyle A Final 1 Jay Lelliott 22 Co Sheffield 03:47.85 03:51.67 03:47.48
M 400m Freestyle B Final 6 Kieran Bird 18 Millfield 04:01.39 04:01.82 03:56.46

 


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Published
13.12.2017