The last day of the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships 2014 in Sheffield saw the 400m Freestyle and 4x100m Medley Relay finals fought out in eight exciting finals.
Southport’s Holly Hibbott won the seventh gold medal of her NAGS14 campaign with victory in the 14 Yrs Age Group, touching in 4:18.41 to hold off Stockport Metro’s Madeleine Crompton (4:19.53 PB) and Northampton’s Sarah Branch (4:22.35 PB).
The other girls' titles went to Meaghan Byrne (Barnet Copthall) in the 13 Yrs Age Group and Maisie Macartney (Thanet Swim) in the youngest 11/12 Age Group.
“I entered on a 37 and in my split in the 800 on Friday I split in a 4:38. Then in the heats I only went a 4:41 so I’m really pleased with that final,” said Macartney, who won the final from lane eight.
“I just tried to give that everything I have and not leave anything left. I knew the girl in the lane next to me is good so I tried to keep up with her at first because she went out really fast. Then I just tried to go as fast as possible and hold my pace – I don’t know how I did it!”
The boys’ titles went to Charlie Hutchison (Ellesmere College), Ryan Retson (F.I.R.S.T) and Jakub Karl (Hamilton UAE) as all three claimed their third gold medals of the meet.
In the youngest age group, 12-year old Hutchison held off a determined challenge from Baracudas’ Luan Evert Grobbelaar (4:22.86) before touching out the South African by just 0.02 seconds in a PB 4:22.84.
Retson completed his hat-trick of freestyle titles in the 13 Yrs Age Group, adding to his 100m and 200m Free titles with a dominant performance, lowering his PB from the heats by seven second to clock 4:10.81 and take the touch from Torfaen Dolphins’ Logan Davies (4:16.45 PB).
Karl’s 4:04.93 was enough to win 400m Free gold for the second consecutive year ahead of Hillingdon’s George Taplin (4:06.48) and Hatfield’s Nathan Hughes (4:08.46).
The 4x100m Medley Relay titles went to Taunton Deane (4:21.43) in the girls event and Millfield (4:03.57) in the boys.
400m Freestyle Results
- 11/12 Yrs: Maisie Macartney (Thanet Swim) – 4:29.35
- 11/12 Yrs: Charlie Hutchison (Ellesmere College Titans) - 4:22.86
- 13 Yrs: Meghan Byrne (Barnet Copthall) – 4:23.58
- 13 Yrs: Ryan Retson (F.I.R.S.T.) – 4:10.81
- 14 Yrs: Holly Hibbott (Southport) – 4:18.41
- 14Yrs: Jakub Karl (Hamilton UAE) – 4:04.93
SILVER MEDAL WINNERS
- 11/12 Yrs: Ciara Schlosshan (City of Leeds) - 4:30.73
- 11/12 Yrs: Luan Evert Grobbelaar (Baracudas RSA) - 4:22.86
- 13 Yrs: Rebecca Sutton (Bridgend City) – 4:24.16
- 13 Yrs: Logan Davies (Torfaen Dolphins) – 4:16.45
- 14 Yrs: Madeleine Crompton (Stockport Metro) – 4:19.53
- 14Yrs: George Taplin (Hillingdon) – 4:06.48
BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS
- 11/12 Yrs: Leah Crisp (City of Leeds) - 4:31.02
- 11/12 Yrs: Sean McNicholl (Hamilton UAE) - 4:29.39
- 13 Yrs: Caitlin Fearon (Sevenoaks) – 4:24.94
- 13 Yrs: Cameron Matthews (Hamilton UAE) – 4:16.98
- 14 Yrs: Sarah Branch (Northampton) – 4:22.35
- 14Yrs: Nathan Hughes (Hatfield) – 4:08.46
NAGS14 Team Results
- Plymouth Leander A (Sam Dailley, Edward Lee, Nathan Greenwood, Lewis Burras) – 4x100m Freestyle – 3:38.52
- Southport (Emma Whittingham, Niamh Wilgar, Ella Johnson, Holly Hibbott) – 4x100m Freestyle – 3:59.47
- Millfield School A (Oliver Manser, Nicholas Laws, Joshua Lawson, Max McCusker) – 4x200m Freestyle – 8:02.18
- Stockport Metro (Madeleine Crompton, Molly Roodhouse, Emma Rowson, Kiera Henley) - 4x200m Freestyle – 8:34.15
- Taunton Deane (Kayleigh Parker, Chloe Edrich, Amelia Chappell, Emily Yap) – 4x100m Medley – 4:21.43
- Millfield School A (Oliver Manser, Joshua Lawson, Max McCusker, Louis Barker) – 4x100m Medley – 4:03.57
SILVER MEDAL WINNERS
- Millfield School A (Oliver Manser, Nicholas Laws, Louis Barker, Max McCusker) – 4x100m Freesyle – 3:39.02
- City of Coventry A (Eva Vicary, Yasmin-Faith Boff, Isabel Jones, Sophie Stables) – 4x100m Freestyle – 4:00.23
- Plymouth Leander A (Emma England, Jemma Layden, Lauren Hession, Jessica Manning) – 4x100m Freestyle - 4:00.23
- Hatfield (Luke Turley, Luke Sugden, Benjamin Garratt, Nathan Hughes) – 4x200m Freestyle - 8:04.45
- City of Coventry A (Eva Vicary, Sophie Stables, Isabel Jones, Yasmin-Faith Boff) – 4x200m Freestyle – 8:37.91
- Plymouth Leander A (Tegan Drew, Lana Mo, Jessica Manning, Emma England) – 4x100m Medley – 4:24.03
- Plymouth Leander A (Edward Lee, Nathan Greenwood, Sam Dailley, Lewis Burras) – 4x100m Medley – 4:10.79
BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS
- Hatfield (Benjamin Garratt, Luke Sugden, Luke Turley, Nathan Hughes) – 4x100m Freestyle – 3:45.64
- Nova Centurion (William Gayne, Declan Smith, Rhys Taylor, Eric Anscombe) – 4x200m Freestyle – 8:10.13
- Derventio Excel (Francesca Muir-Harris, Imogen Morris, Martina Drasnarova, Elle Pryce) – 4x200m Freestyle – 8:38.85
- City of Leeds (Sophie Hobbah, Layla Black, Leah Crisp, Amber Mason) – 4x100m Medley – 4:25.24
- Ealing (Oscar Jameson, Miles Clark, Jahrel Murphy, Reef Hook) – 4x100m Medley – 4:11.26