Swim England National Winter Championships (50m) 2017 Day 4

HPC Ontario's Taylor Ruck (52.96) was first to the wall in the women's 100m Freestyle but Anna Hopkin of Bath Uni swam a great race to take the national title with a tenth of a second lead. 21-year-old Hopkin beat Sheffield’s 200m Free champion Ellie Faulkner and Plymouth’s Jessica Jackson to touch in a PB 54.76. 


Hopkin commented: “I had a really good heat swim so I really wanted to go 54. My PB was 54.9 so I was really happy to get a PB. I’ve been focusing on my 100m Free so I’m happy it’s paid off.”

Faulkner took silver in 54.88, while Jackson won the final place on the podium with a time of 55.38.

Aimee Willmott set the pace for an exciting race in the 200m Individual Medley, taking gold on day four of the Swim England National Winter Meet 2017. Though she didn’t go out as fast as some of her rivals, she had taken the lead by the 100m mark. She held on to her dominant position until the end, touching in 2:12.05. This was almost a second under the consideration time for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Willmott commented: “It was really exciting. Coming into the 200m IM I was looking to get close to my best. I’ve been a little bit off that for a while so getting the win was the important thing and just see how fast I could swim. I felt good this morning and relaxed in the freestyle leg so I knew I had it in me today.”

Abbie Wood of Loughborough Uni was second to the wall. The 18-year-old of Loughborough Uni gave Wilmott a run for her money, touching in a PB 2:12.49 – also under the consideration time of 2:13.00. Third place went to Hannah Miley of Aberdeen in 2:13.15. In the B final, Tori Sopp of Wirral Metro swam a personal best time of 2:18.21 for the gold medal.

James Wilby of Loughborough National Centre took his third breaststroke title of the meet, winning gold in the 50m Breaststroke. The 24-year-old had already made the Commonwealth consideration time for the 100m Breaststroke on day two, and impressed again in the 50m. He took the win with a new PB time of 27.58.

“That was really good,” said Wilby. “Fiftys are a bit of an unusual one for me as they’ve been a bit hit and miss in the past. I’d never been under 27 and I’ve managed to do four times this week, so I’m really happy with that. I was pretty confident after the 100m Breast particularly as I was going out with 27s. This one isn’t so much of a priority for me so I just wanted to go out and see how fast I could go.”

Second place went to Lawrence Palmer of Putteridge with 27.71. Lewis Clifford-Stephenson of Barking and Dagenham with 27.71.

Taylor Ruck (HPC Ontario) was also first to the wall in 2:06.87  in the women’s 200m Backstroke final in which Chloe Golding of City of Manchester took an unexpected national title. Though she was not fastest entry for the event, Golding had already gone under the consideration time for Commonwealth selection in the 100m Backstroke behind Jessica Fullalove on day two. And Golding impressed again over 200m, being the only English swimmer in the final to break the 2:10 mark. The 19-year-old touched in a PB 2:09.93 for gold, slicing more than a second off her PB and ducking under the Commonwealth consideration time for this event.

Golding said: “I’m so happy. I knew I could do it and I knew it was just a matter of time before I did. I’ve been focusing on my weights and training and it all just came together at the right time.”

Second place went to Fullalove of Bath National Centre with 2:11.70. Chloe Hannam of City of Peterborough finished third with 2:12.95.

Charlotte Evans of Loughborough Uni took the women’s B final, more than a second ahead of the rest of the field. She beat Newcastle’s Phoebe Lenderyou and Plymouth Leander’s Tegan Drew to the touch, finishing with 2:15.19.

Jacob Peters of Poole SC added a second butterfly title to his tally after narrowly winning the 100m Fly. The 17-year old beat City of Manchester’s Sam Horrocks to the touch by a 0.02 seconds, clinching gold for his 52.92 effort and lowering his own national age group record in the process.

“My turn was awful but the rest of it was pretty good,” said Peters, who secured the Commonwealth consideration time in yesterday’s 200m Fly. I knew it was a close race. I could see the others alongside me and they really pushed me. If someone had told me at the start of the year that I’d break four British age group records, swim in two World junior finals, make a Commonwealth Games consideration time and give James Guy a good race, I wouldn’t have believed them.”

Horrocks took silver in 52.94, while Mount Kelly’s Italian teenager Frederico Burdisso took bronze in 53.00.

City of Sheffield’s Cameron Brooks-Clarke took the gold medal in the B final with a comfortable victory in his home pool. The 18-year-old touched in 54.47 for the win.

Annabel Guye-Johnson won the women’s 100m Breaststroke final on day four of the Swim England National Winter Championships 2017. The RTW Monson swimmer was just four hundredths of a second ahead of the field. The Swim England Talent Athlete of the Year touched in 1:09.59 to secure her first gold of the competition.

Guye-Johnson said: “It was a very tight one. The first 50 was just trying to get out in my first target time, which I managed to, and then just bring it home. Swimming in the outside lane takes the pressure off and means I can swim my own race. It was definitely interesting competing against the Canadians as well. It made it more fun. This season has been quite short as we got back quite late from the World Juniors, so it was always going to be a tough one but we managed to do what we wanted.”

Second place went to Tatiana Belonogoff of Guildford City with 1:09.63, and the final spot on the podium was taken by Corrie Scott (1:09.74) of Edinburgh Uni.

Rebecca Clynes of City of Leeds took the B final after beating Rachel Taylor of Newcastle and Loughborough Uni’s Laura Kinley. Clynes was almost a second ahead of her nearest rival, touching in 1:10.86.

Hatfield were the first English relay team to the wall in the men’s 4x200m Freestyle relay. Though they were a couple of second behind the Belgians, they swam a great race to win the gold medal. The quartet of Harry Constantine, Max Jelfs, James Woodward and Nathan Hughes touched in a collective 7:38.57 for gold.


Event Final Place Name AaD Club Time Heat Start
Womens Open 200m IM A Final 10 Georgia Coates 18 Bath NC 02:18.52 02:18.38 02:14.44
Mens Open 50m Breaststroke A Final 5 Charlie Attwood 20 Bath NC 00:28.35 00:28.21 00:27.89
Womens Open 200m Backstroke A Final 3 Jessica Fullalove 21 Bath NC 02:11.70 02:14.98 02:10.05
Womens Open 200m Backstroke B Final 6 Rachel Anderson 15 Millfield 02:16.83 02:18.25 02:19.81
Mens Open 100m Butterfly A Final 5 Calum Jarvis 25 Bath NC 00:53.79 00:54.53 00:53.21
Mens Open 100m Butterfly A Final 8 Max McCusker 18 Millfield 00:54.81 00:55.09 00:55.28
Mens Open 100m Butterfly B Final 7 William Cole 18 Co Bristol 00:55.42 00:56.02 00:55.57
Womens Open 100m Breaststroke A Final 10 Lily West 20 Bath Univ 01:11.24 01:11.79 01:13.50
Womens Open 100m Breaststroke B Final 5 Lily Booker 16 Co Bristol 01:11.88 01:12.67 01:11.70
Womens Open 100m Freestyle A Final 2 Anna Hopkin 21 Bath Univ 00:54.76 00:55.14 00:54.94
Womens Open 100m Freestyle A Final 7 Beth Aitchison 20 Loughboro Un 00:55.78 00:56.21 00:56.26
Womens Open 100m Freestyle S8 1 Stephanie Millward   Team Bath AS   01:05.64 01:06.46





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