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BRITS BREAK EUROPEAN RECORDS
The women's 100m Butterfly final saw two European records lowered on the second day of the British International Swimming Championships in Sheffield.
City of Salford swimmer Heather Frederiksen entered this competition after hitting excellent form at the British Championships and looked strong throughout today's events. She took to the water in the final event of the day the 100m Butterfly final and look strong throughout the race.
She turned at the 50m mark within the European record and she claimed the new standard and the gold medal after touching in a time of 1:17.54 to get 843 points in the S8 category.
"That has just topped off a really good day," Frederiksen said. "I have just been aiming to get some solid swims behind me as I am in the middle of heavy training and to get a European and British record and a personal best time is really encouraging for me.
"I know I couldn't have done it without my coach John Stout, he always supports me and I owe this performance to him."
Frederiksen claimed her second record of the day in the 50m Freestyle where she touched in a time of 32.36 take the British record and claimed 923 in the S8 category.
Also swimming in the 100m Butterfly was Melksham's Stephanie Millward, who broke her own European record after an extremely confident swim.
She started excellently and found herself reaching the half way mark well within the European record and when she touched home in a time of 1:13.55 she knew she had lowered the record again.
She took the bronze medal with a total of 765 points in the S9 category.
"I got the European record three weeks ago at the British Championships and to have lowered it again is excellent," Millward said. "I have only been training for the past 6 ½ months and to have this sort of form now is great.
"My coach told me to just get in and swim a really quick first 50m and I did that but as I went into the final 50m I was really struggling. It was real hard work as I hit the final 25m so to have got that record again is fantastic."
The silver medal in the 100m Butterfly was claimed by New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe in a time of 1:13.62 and 819 in the S10 classification.
The women's 400m Freestyle saw another British record lowered as Rhiannon Henry (Swansea Performance) swam an excellent race to also claim the gold medal.
She kept a good pace throughout the race to touch in a time of 4:43.33, swimming in the S13 category, Henry claimed a total of 941 points to take the top spot.
"I am really pleased," Henry said. "My main focus was the British Championships three weeks ago and every race was a PB for me apart from my 400m so to get that here makes me really happy.
"I took a week off after the British Championships so to have come here and get the British record after a week off is confusing but pleasing. That broke a really old PB for me and I am really happy with it."
The silver medal was taken by Swim Swansea's Jenny Coughlin in a time of 5:08.12 and gained a total of 731 points in the S13 category.
Black Lion swimmer Alexandra Adams took the bronze medal in a time of 5:31.16 and a total of 589 points in the S13 classification.
Wyre Forest's Fran O'Connor broke the British record in the women's 50m Freestyle B final but just missed out on the vital Paralympic qualification time.
She looked strong throughout her race and she touched in a time of 36.06 to take a total of 806 points in the S7 classification.
"It is good to break the record but I just missed the qualification time," O'Connor said. "I have mixed feelings about that result really as I got a record and a PB but still missed the important time."
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