Claire Cashmore and Heather Frederiksen both set new European marks in the Women’s MD 200 IM on the first day of the British Gas ASA Youth Championships (50m) 2009, incorporating the National Championships at Ponds Forge.
Cashmore (Co Leeds) was pushed all the way by fellow SM9 swimmer Louise Watkin (Kelly Coll) but pulled away on the breaststroke leg and touched first in a new record of 2:37.36, almost three seconds ahead of Watkin’s 2:39.96.
“The time was a bit of a surprise really because I didn’t really feel that fit but when I saw I was ahead of Louise I thought this must be good,” she said. “I knew I had 2:37 short course so I felt it was in me over long course and in the end I was just trying to bring it home.”
Not to be outdone Frederiksen (Co Salford) touched in 2:46.95 to take the European record in the SM8 classification. Frederiksen also took the bronze medal with 911 points, while Natalie Jones (Colchester P) took silver with 943 points and Eleanor Simmonds (Swansea Perf) was named National Champion with a points total of 950.
Frederiksen said: “My PB coming in was 2:50 so to go that much underneath my PB is great. Each stroke felt really strong, I got everything right and it was an excellent swim.”
Not to be out done Daniel Pepper (Stockport Mo) set a new SM14 British record with 2:19.70 in the Men’s 200m IM after a close battle with Benjamin James Procter (Newquay), who also went under the old mark with 2:21.36. Pepper also took the National title with a points score of 966, with Sascha Kindred (Leominster) taking silver with 960 points and Procter bronze with 933 .
“That was a good, strong swim,” said Pepper. “Although my backstroke wasn’t very good so I didn’t think I would get that kind of time – hopefully there is a lot more to come.”
Daniel Sliwinski (Gallica) clocked 59.55 in the Mens Open 100m Breaststroke as another British record fell. He’d seen Chris Cook’s former British record broken and felt he could ‘give it a stab’ too. “It’s been and up and down season for me but it seemed to come together at the last minute,” he added.
Aimee Willmott (Middlesborough) put in two impressive swims in the evening session as she took medals in both the Youth and National 400m IM races. She won the Girls 16/17yrs 400m IM with 4:47.69, overhauling Sophie Allen (Lincoln Vulc) who put in a personal best time of 4:48.66 to take silver. Rachael Solway (Guildford Ct) took bronze in 4:50.55.
Willmott then came out a little over an hour later to take silver in the Women’s Open, going nearly a second and a half faster than she had earlier in the evening with a time of 4:46.28, but it was not enough to topple Emma Smithhurst, who took the title with a PB 4:44.91.
The Girls 14/15yrs 400IM produced a hard fought battle between Anne Bochmann (Co Leeds) and Sophie Smith (Co Leicester), with Bochmann eventually coming out on top in a new Age Group record time of 4:48.87.
Bochmann went out strong and increased her lead during the backstroke but Smith put in a good breaststroke leg to push Bochmann all the way and Smith took a staggering 10 seconds off her personal best in the process, taking silver with 4:49.19. Ellis Jackson (St Felix Sch) took bronze in 4:54.14.
Smith said: “I’ve been training hard and it just all came together. Coming down the back straight I tried my best but I couldn’t catch Anne. But then I’d never expect to me in a position to catch her!”
And there were two PB for James Gibson (Stockport Mo) and Thomas Allen (Swim Flint) as they took bronze and silver respectively in the Boys 17/18yrs 400m Freestyle in 3:55.67 and 3:55.24. But it still wasn’t enough to overhaul Youth Champion Joshua Walsh (Gallica) who clocked 3:54.35.
Walsh said: “It was just a bit over my PB but I still felt good. I have the 200m Freestyle as another of my events so that should be good.”
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