Challis breaks European record at BPSIM

26 Apr 2019

The morning session on day two got off to a flying start as Ellie Challis broke the S3 Women’s MC 50m Butterfly European and British record with a 1.01.74 swim.

Despite that phenomenal effort it was her fellow Brit Ellie Robinson, who was the top qualifier for the final, the S6 swimming 37.19, which equates to 849 points. Challis’ tally was 746, with Ireland’s Nicole Turner splitting the pair.

Of her record breaking swim Challis commented:

“It was a good swim and I felt like I was very strong on the last 25. Things are going really well and the programmes have helped a lot in terms of how to get further and what to do next. I’m swimming the 200m Freestyle, which is a new event for me – I only got the time a few weeks ago but it’s just another chance!”

The Men’s equivalent saw Columbia’s Nelson Crispin edge out Arnost Petracek of the Czech Republic and the USA’s Evan Austin, with S5 Andrew Mullen the top British qualifier thanks to a 38.91 effort.

It was a great morning Mikey Jones as he went inside the British Para-Swimming consideration time for the World Championships in September. Drawn in the centre lane of his Men’s MC 400m Freestyle, the National Performance Centre based S7 swimmer touched in 4.49.45, good for 896 points.

Afterwards the Paralympic champion said:

“Yeah it was pretty good swim, it felt hard but it felt good yeah. Then again it’s a 400 so it’s always going to feel hard! I think that’s the fastest or second fastest I’ve ever been in a morning swim, so hopefully there’s a bit more to come later on.”

“It’s going to be fantastic to have the Worlds in London. It’s going to be a great event and all the swimmers here are really excited for it. Having it on home soil just drives us on that little bit more; hopefully we get a good crowd who make lots of noise and really get behind us.”

In the Women’s MC 400m Freestyle it was fellow Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds who headed qualifying thanks to a strong 5.24.51 swim. Getting the better of teammate Maisie Summers-Newton, Simmonds could be pleased with her performance, although was frustrated to just miss out on the consideration time for London 2019. She’ll have another opportunity to better that time this evening.

The Men’s MC 200m Freestyle heats were hotly anticipated and did not disappoint, with a S14 showdown setup for the finals later today and the potential for the world record to fall.

Tom Hamer of Stockport Metro went fastest with a 1:56.41 time, also dipping under the World Championships consideration time – a total of 982 points put him just outside his own global record.

European medallist and fellow S14 Jordan Catchpole ranked second with a total of 943 points and day one Men’s MC 100m Freestyle gold medallist, Reece Dunn of Plymouth Leander, cruised his way into the final with 914 points.

City of Norwich’s Jessica-Jane Applegate topped the pile after the morning heats of the Women’s MC 200m Freestyle. The S14 swimmer notched up a total of 871 points and a time of 2:07.80 after completing four laps of the Tollcross pool.

Day one’s Women’s MC 150m Individual Medley winner, Leanne Smith (S3) of the USA will look to chase down Applegate’s score in tonight’s World Series finals after posting a total of 825. Italy’s S5 swimmer Monica Boggioni rounded out the top three after the heats with a score of 788.

Live results from Glasgow are available on British Swimming’s website here and you can catch all the finals action on the live stream, which resumes at 4.30pm, via Facebook or the British Swimming YouTube channel.

Tickets are still available at the venue in Glasgow.

An additional final has been added to both the Men's and Women's MC 400m Freestyle World Series Finals.