Para-Swimmers impress on day two

26 Jul 2017

Paralympic champion Eleanor Robinson (S6) impressed the Sheffield crowd as she secured the Women’s MC 50m Butterfly title on day two of the British Summer Championships 2017.

The Northampton swimmer set a time of 35.99 to win the same event she won in Rio with 958 points. Her time fell under the World Championships consideration time and also hit the time to put her in contention for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Robinson was joined on the podium by Northampton teammate Maisie Summers-Newton (S6) who finished second with 616 points after finishing in 41.68 and third-placed went to Grace Harvey (S7, Hoddesdon) who touched in 41.58 and a total of 537.

Alice Tai (S9, Bournemouth College) posted a time of 1:08.30 and a points total of 1016 to claim the Women’s MC 100m Backstroke title.

Silver went to S14 Paralympic champion Bethany Firth (Newcastle) with a time of 1:05.54 and 933 points. Hannah Russell (S12, City of Manchester Aquatics) completed the podium with 922 points after setting a time of 1:07.85.

The times of all three medallists were well inside the World Para Swimming Championships team consideration standard as were the times set by Stephanie Millward (S8, Corsham) and Megan Richter (S8, Orion).

S7 swimmer Jonathan Fox (City of Manchester Aquatics) was victorious in the Men’s 100m Backstroke final with a points tally of 943 and a time of 1:10.51, which is within the consideration standard for the Mexico-bound World Championships team.

Jordan Catchpole (S14, UEA Norwich) set a time of 1:02.24 to finish second with 863 points, his time puts him in contention for the World Championships. He finished one point ahead of Stephen Clegg (S12, University of Stirling) who secured bronze with a time of 1:02.34 and a score of 862.

The final Para-Swimming event of the evening saw Andrew Mullen (S5, City of Glasgow) win gold in the Men’s MC 50m Butterfly final with a time of 36.90 and a points total of 780.

The Women’s 800m Freestyle 19+ years title was claimed by Ellena Jones (Swansea Aquatics) on the touch after closely fought battle over 16 lengths of the Ponds Forge pool.

Jones finished just ahead of Danielle Huskisson (University of Stirling) who won the silver medal on her return to the pool after competing in the open water event at the World Championships. Alice Dearing (Loughborough National Centre) took bronze.

Gold went to Lizzie Simmonds (Edinburgh University) in the Women’s 100m Backstroke 19+ years final. Simmonds was joined on the podium by her Edinburgh University teammate Lucy Hope who claimed the bronze medal with Kirsty Simpson (Aberdeen Performance) securing silver.

Mount Kelly’s Athena Clayson was the fastest in the Women’s 16 years 100m Backstroke final to take the gold medal. Ellinor Southward (Ellesmere College) finished second and Lauren Cox (City of Coventry) finished third.

Luke Howdle was victorious in his home pool in the Men’s 200m Butterfly 19+ years final. The City of Sheffield swimmer finished ahead of Matthew Domville (Warrington Wolves) and Sam Horrocks (City of Manchester Aquatics) who won silver and bronze respectively.

Katie Matts (Stockport Metro) followed up her Women’s 400m Individual Medley 19+ years win by adding the Women’s 200m Breaststroke 19+ years title to her list of honours.

The 19-year-old finished ahead of Megan Morrison (Loughborough University) and Orla Adams (Aberdeen Performance) to secure her second gold after yesterday’s Individual Medley triumph.

Georgia Coates (City of Leeds) produced a dominant display to win the Women’s 200m Breaststroke 17/18 years final and claim her second national title of the meet.

The City of Leeds swimmer finished several body lengths ahead of second-placed Annabel Guye-Johnson (RTW Morrison) and third-placed Emily Wood (City of Oxford) to add to the Women’s 200m Freestyle title she won in the same age group last night.

Xavier Mohammed (City of Cardiff) was the fastest man in the Men’s 100m Backstroke 19 years final to claim the gold medal. Joseph Hulme of Bath University took home the silver medal and Craig McNally of City of Glasgow the bronze.

Emily Horne (City of Glasgow) was the first to touch in the Women’s 50m Butterfly 19+ years final to win the age group title. Lauren Mills (University of Stirling) finished second and Harriet Jones (City of Cardiff) finished third.

Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens led the way in the Women’s 50m Butterfly 17/18 years final, touching ahead of Kate Clifton (City of Sheffield) and Ciara Standing (Stockport Metro).

Craig Benson returned to the top of the podium to collect his second gold of the Summer Championships, adding the Men’s 50m Breaststroke 19+ years title to the 100m Breaststroke title he won on the opening night in the same age group.

Benson finished ahead of teammate Jamie Graham who took silver, while there were two winners of the bronze medal as the touches of Lawrence Palmer (Putteridge) and Euan Inglis (Edinburgh University) could not be separated.

For full results from day two of the British Summer Championships 2017 click here

Picture credit: Morgan Harlow