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RECORD BREAKING START TO BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
31st March 2008
The first day of the British Swimming Championships (50m) saw two British records smashed in the heats of the women's 200m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle.
The first British record of the day was taken in the women's 200m Butterfly heats and the final may prove the closest contest of tomorrow after four athletes met the FINA 'A' qualifying time in their heats.
Ellen Gandy (Beckenham), Hannah Miley (Garioch), Jessica Dickons (Borough of Stockton) and Jemma Lowe (Borough of Stockton) all put in quick times to keep meet the qualifying standard and the athletes now need to place in first or second in tomorrow's final.
However, it was Lowe that went out the hardest in the heats, she took the lead from the start and kept her pace throughout to finish in a new British record time of 2:06.64.
"I wasn't expecting that at all it just felt like a normal paced swim," she said. "It felt quite comfortable and I just didn't expect it."
Gandy won her heat with a quick time of 2:08.88, she finished ahead of Miley who took second place with a time of 2:09.06. Dickons touched home and won her heat with a time of 2:09.89.
Loughborough University's Caitlin McClatchey took the second British record of the day in the women's 100m Freestyle, she looked comfortable throughout the heat and kept her pace high to meet the FINA 'A' qualifying time and finished in 54.31. She also qualified as the fastest athlete for tomorrow's final.
"I am really pleased with that I was after the qualifying time but didn't expect the record aswell," McClatchey said. "I have been swimming well and am looking forward to the rest of the week."
Fran Halsall (City of Liverpool) was the second fastest to qualify for the final after winning her heat with a time of 54.88 - also meeting the vital qualifying time.