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Swimming - 10. June 2008.

Jackson and Halsall set new records on impressive final day




Britain's swimmers took their medal tally for the Seven Hills meet in Rome to over 30 on the final day with Jo Jackson and Fran Halsall setting new British Records.

Gilchrist took the Men's 200m Breaststroke title by over a second when he finished in 2:12.43 from Italians Paolo Bossini in 2:13.69 and Loris Facci in 2:15.50.

Tancock was impressive in the Men's 200m Individual Medley finishing in 2:00.26 from Lithuania's Vytantas Janusaitis in 2:00.98 and bronze went to Britain's Euan Dale in 2:02.92.

Britain's women had a very good day with Jo Jackson leading the way in the 200m Freestyle to take the silver medal in a new British Record time. Federica Pellegini of Italy took the gold in 1:56.10, Jackson touched in 1:56.61 and Sara Isakovic of Slovenia took the bronze in 1:57.65.

In the Women's 200m Backstroke Lizzie Simmonds fought all of the way to her silver medal finishing in 2:09.04. Gold went to Japan's Hanae Ito in 2:08.80 and Meagen Nay of Australia took the bronze in 2:09.28.

Fran Halsall took the silver in the Women's 50m Butterfly, breaking her own British record, with Anna-Karin Kammerling of Sweden taking gold in 26.20.

Halsall touched home in 26.31 and Emily Seebohm of Australia took the bronze in 26.68.

Hannah Miley grabbed silver in the Women's 200m IM in a time of 2:12.07 from Australia's Stephanie Rice on 2:11.34 and bronze went to Maria Pelaez of Spain in 2:16.13.

Kirsty Balfour took the bronze in the Women's 200m Breaststroke with gold going to Leisel Jones of Australia in 2:21.81, Joline Hostman of Sweden took the silver in 2:25.38 and Balfour was home in 2:28.85.

The Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay picked up the medals in the pool


Jessica Sylvester, Mel Marshall, Keri-anne Payne and Cassandra Patten took silver for the women's team to finish behind gold medal winners Sweden.

Sweden touched home in 3:42.76, with Britain finishing in 3:47.11. Italy picked up bronze in a time of 3:47.49.


The Female British squad competing at the Seven Hills Meet in Rome comprises:

Rebecca Adlington (Nova Centurion)
Kirsty Balfour (City of Edinburgh)
Fran Halsall (City of Liverpool)
Kate Haywood (Loughborough University)
Joanne Jackson (Derwentside)
Jemma Lowe (Stockton)
Melanie Marshall (Loughborough University)
Caitlin McClatchey (Loughborough University)
Hannah Miley (Garioch)
Cassandra Patten (Stockport Metro)
Keri-anne Payne (Stockport Metro)
Lizzie Simmonds (Loughborough University)
Jessica Sylvester (Nova Centurion)
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