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EISM inc. British Swimming Championships 2018 D2 - Gold for Guy, O'Connor, Tutton & Walker-Hebborn

Day two of the EISM. Inc British Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh again saw rising talent challenge the established names. But the experienced swimmers weren’t going to let the young stars take all the glory. James Guy won his second gold of the meet plus a silver and Bath NTC team mates Siobhan-Marie O'Connor collected gold and silver, Chloe Tutton and Chris Walker-Hebborn gold, Jess Fullalove and Millfield's Brodie Williams bronze.

Women’s 200m IM

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor's two final appearances were less than 30 minutes apart. She warmed up for her trip to Australia’s Gold Coast to defend her title by leading from start to finish in the 200m Individual Medley (2.12:26), 1.19s ahead of Abbie Wood (Loughborough University, 2:13.45) in silver and Hannah Miley (Aberdeen Performance, 2:14.15) in bronze medal position, although she finished fourth in the race, 0.22s behind Spain’s Mireia Belmonte.

Siobhan said: “I’m really pleased with the swims I have done here and delighted to have won with some amazing girls. It’s been a really good week but now I’m looking forward to going and making my final preparations for the Commonwealth Games.”

In the B Final, Georgia Coates (Bath Uni, 2:18.60) finished 3rd  and Sophia Wilson (Millfield) improved 0.57s on her heat swim for  2:20.15.

Session 5 times: Rhiannon Bowen (Team Bath AS, 2:24.57) and Emily Wood (Bath Univ, 2:26.95)


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Session 6


Session 5


Session 4


Men’s 400m Freestyle

In the men’s 400m Freestyle 23-year-old Jay Lelliott (City of Sheffield) took advantage of a slower start by British record holder James Guy and took his first British title in 3.50:85. Guy was still 3.37s faster than his morning swim, finishing in 3.51:40 to take the silver. Wales’ Daniel Jervis took the bronze in 3.52:78.

Lelliot, who only recently moved to the City of Sheffield said: “It’s nice to hear British Champion, I’ve never been that before! I just wish I could have gone quicker.”

Eighth fastest in the heats with a 0.76pb (3:55.76 (0.7s pb) Millfield's Kieran Bird went even quicker in the A Final finishing 5th in another pb 3:53.87. 

Millfield's Jakob Goodman was just 0.01s off being the fastest Junior when qualifying in 3:57.74. He beat his July 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games pb set in the Bahamas by 0.02s to finish second (3:55.65) in the Junior Final which was won by Hatfield's Luke Turley in 3:54.37.

Session 4 heat times from Bath-based swimmers: 11 Tom Derbyshire (3:56.62) 18 Cameron Kurle (3:59.63) and Will Ryley (4:04.20). Session 5 times: Matthew Wrigh (Bath Univ, 4:08.98) and Jeffery Chen (Bath Univ, 4:13.37)

Men’s 50m butterfly

Double Olympic medallist Guy went one better in the 50m Butterfly, claiming the title for the first time in his career.

Having lowered his June 2015 24.94 pb set on the Mare Nostrum leg in Canet to 24.10 and qualify fastest from the morning heats, Guy returned a 24.24 to take the touch ahead of City of Sheffield’s Cameron Brooks-Clarke (24.47 PB).

He added: “There was a lot of hard racing there – I’m happy with how it’s gone. I was listening to Craig David when I came out to get me pumped up, he’s been my favourite for a long time!”

Santos Villalon (Millfield) lowered his 25.45 pb from the Flanders Cup in Antwerp in Jan in the heats to 25.36 and then to 25.27, finishing 4th in the B Final.

Session 4 heat times:  Max McCusker (Millfield, 25.18), Calum Jarvis (Team Bath, 25.35), Andrew Roy (Team Bath, 25.54), William Cole (Co Bristol, 25.78) and Miles Munro (Team Bath, 26.19). Session 5 times: Jacob St-Germain (Millfield, 26.03), Callum Richards (Taunton Deane, 26.06), Huw Williams (Millfield, 26.54), Kye Adams (Co Bristol, 26.70)

Women’s 100m Breaststroke

While’s Spain’s Jessica Vall won the race in 1:07.21, Welsh swimmer Chloe Tutton, who has now joined the National Centre programme in Bath and been training with Dave McNulty for the past month, took the British title in 1:08.21.

O’Connor was the second Brit home in 1:08.31 while Loughborough University’s Molly Renshaw – bronze medallist for England at the 2014 Commonwealths over 200m Breast – completed the British podium on 1:08.99.

Abigail Hurst (Millfield) clocked 1:12.70 in her B Final after leading Session 5's times with 1:11.52. Lily Booker (Co Bristol) improved 0.24s on her heat swim for 1:11.75 to finish =3 in her C Final.

Session 4 heat times for Bath Uni swimmers: Emily Wood (1:12.83) and Lily West (1:13.67). Session 5 times: Isabella Renwick (Millfield, 1:14.94) and Candice Lam (Millfield, 1:16.59)

Men’s 100m Backstroke

And it was a return to the gold medal position for Chris Walker-Hebborn as he was crowned 100m Backstroke British champion by the narrowest of margins.

The University of Bath swimmer was second behind Germany’s Jan Philip Glania who touched first in 54.97. Walker-Hebborn’s time of 55.26 was 0.16 seconds quicker than his nearest British rival, Loughborough University’s Luke Greenbank, who took the silver medal with 55.42.

“It’s always tough coming here,” said Walker-Hebborn. “There is some amazing young talent coming through the ranks and it’s always a tough race. I’m constantly looking over shoulder. Some of the kids are amazing but it keeps me on my toes and I strive to keep getting better.”

Millfield's Brodie Williams (55.98) had qualified as fastest Brit in third for the A Final and then earned a podium place with 55.52 for bronze.

Leading Session 5's times with 58.06, Santos Villalon (Millfield) went on to clock 57.61 in his Junior C Final

Session 4 heat times: Thomas Thornley (Millfield, 58.31) and Filippos Iakovidis (Bath Uni, 59.10). Session 5 times: Tom Gambold (Millfield, 59.17), Mark Edmundson (Team Bath AS, 1:00.17) and David Chang (Millfield, 1:00.71) .

Women’s 200m backstroke

University of Edinburgh’s Lizzie Simmonds added another British title to her collection as she claimed 200m Backstroke gold.

Simmonds, who will be travelling to Australia’s Gold Coast for her third Commonwealth Games next month, finished in 2.10:26 and was more than a second ahead of Welsh swimmer Kathryn Greenslade, who took silver in 2.11:67.

Bronze medallist Jessica Fullalove based in Bath and also set to compete for England on the Gold Coast, improved on her 2:13.87 heat time to clock 2.12:18 for bronze medal position.

Simmonds said: “It was really good to get the win and I’m really pleased. It was a good race and good preparation for the Commonwealth Games.”

In their B Final appearances, Millfield's Rachel Anderson set a 0.21s pb (2:16.62) to qualify as third fastest Junior and then lowered the mark again by 0.32s to finish fourth (2:16.30). Team mate Isabel Jones clocked 2:17.58, 0.33s faster than her morning heat swim. 

Holly Hudghton (Taunton Deane, 2:19.91) was third fastest in Session 5's swim which also featured Olivia Butler (Co Bristol, 2:22.61), Harriet Perfect (Millfield, 2:25.49) and Alice Barton (Team Bath AS, 2:26.81)

Men's 200m Breaststroke

Loughborough National Centre swimmer James Wilby (2.12:02) said he was 'surprised' to take the gold in the 200m breaststroke and beat reigning champion Ross Murdoch (2.14:22) from Scotland by more than two seconds.

He said: ““It was a bit of a surprise to be honest. I was practising a few new things so was pretty happy with how it went.”

City of Oxford’s Toby Mackay-Champion was the second English swimmer on the podium securing bronze with 2:15.18. Street's Adam Chillingworth representing Plymouth Leander improved on his 2:18.15 heat time to finished sixth in the A Final (2:16.95).

Jacob Greenow (Bath Uni) swam 2:20.93 and William Mitchell (Millfield) 2:27.19 in their respective B and C Final appearances. Mitchell had been fourth fastest in Session 5 with 2:24.06 which also featured William Ellington (Millfield, 2:26.86) and James King (Weston-super-Mare, 2:30.28).

Women's 50m Freestyle

Team Bath AS sprinter Laura McNab came second in her B Final clocking 26.25.

Lucy Hope took her second gold of the meet and the Women’s 50m freestyle title, and admitted after the previous night’s skins event that the victory had “hurt a lot.” Thanet Swim’s Katie Latham was the third Brit to the wall in 25.85.

Millfield's Emma Harvey clocked 27.32 in Session 4 heats and Ella Riggall (Co Bristol) 27.69 and Alice Gouldby (Millfield) 27.73 in session 5,

Women's 800m Freestyle

Holly Hibbott won her first British title of the week after finishing second in the 800m Freestyle. While the Stockport Metro swimmer was beaten to the wall by Spain’s four-time Olympic medallist Mireia Belmonte (8:35.71), she was the first Brit home in 8:39.98.

Nova Centurion’s Polly Holden joined Hibbott on the podium with bronze, courtesy of her 8:48.47 effort from the morning’s slower heats.

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