World class competition continues into Day 2 at Ponds Forge

17 Mar 2023

Will Perry and Scarlett Humphrey set new British records on Day 2, as Stephen Clegg and Maisie Summers-Newton both qualified first in their respective events for the World Series finals later today.

The Women’s MC 100m Backstroke provided the first bit of action for the day, and it was Humphrey who took her third British record of the competition – touching in a time of 1:26.40 to lower her own SB11 record, scoring 614 points in the process.

There’s significant British involvement in the top 24 athletes in the event making it through to this evening’s World Series finals, with world champion Poppy Maskill in the top 8 athletes vying for a medal, thanks to a swim warranting her a huge 927 points, with Paralympic champion Bethany Firth also qualifying with a chance for the medals.

Paralympic medallist and world champion Stephen Clegg took the top spot ahead of the final following the heats of the Men’s MC 100m Backstroke. The 27 year-old looked comfortable in his performance, which saw him cruise to first place on the time and points scores ahead of the finals session. Louis Lawlor is the next best British qualifier, as he goes into this evening’s World Series Final in ninth place with 784 points.

Both Ellie Challis and Swindon’s Suzanna Hext went well in the heats of the Women’s MC 50m Breaststroke, as they qualified for the World Series Final in fourth and fifth respectively in what was a close field – with the exception of Brazil’s Gomes Santiago, who set a new S12 world record. The pair will look to move it on ahead of this evening, with a place amongst the medals a real possibility for both athletes.

Ealing’s Will Perry set the second British record of the day in the Men’s MC 50m Breaststroke (SB6), as he lowered his own benchmark to a time of 39.49 – placing him just behind the first qualifier with 825 points to go in second in to the World Series Final later today.

It was a Great Britain 1-2 following the heats of the Women’s MC 100m Breaststroke, as Maisie Summers-Newton led Worcester’s Rebecca Redfern ahead of a high quality field, with the pair scoring 978 an 921 points respectively. Manchester Performance Centre’s Grace Harvey was also in the top 8, as the S5 swimmer made her chances of a medal a real possibility with a swim which scored her 839 points.

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Redfern will look to make inroads in the final

Edinburgh University’s Scott Quin was in action in the Men’s MC 100m Breaststroke, and the Paralympic medallist went well in his heat – qualifying for the World Series Final in fourth place. Going out with the field, his controlled return put him on 848 points – just a couple of dozen away from making the top 3, with the final to come. Elsewhere Louth SC's, Harvey Phillips set a SB3 100m Breaststroke British record (2:13.69) in his heat as he booked his name among those to progress to the World Series final.

Challis was back in the pool for the Women’s MC 50m Backstroke, as she was the fastest British qualifier into the World Series Final in tenth place, with the event also seeing Japan’s Tomomi Ishiura with Bolton’s Luke Batty following suit in the men’s event, a she was the fastest Brit – qualifying for the World Series Final in thirteenth.  

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