The second day of the ASA National Open Water Champs at Rother Valley was the turn of the 12, 13 and 14 Yrs age groups in their 1.5km race.
The 12 Yrs age group was first up and Charlie Hutchison (Ellesmere College) took the race out full of confidence from his 1500m gold in the pool last week, and having led all the way, was first to cross the finish line to claim the pool and open water double, ahead of Bridgend’s Ioan Davies and Hillingdon’s Rohan Vazirani.
It was another win for Ellesmere College with Shannon Dalligan leading out in the girls race, and clubmate Rosie Holland joining her out ahead. It was close at the end but Dalligan just edged it to win ahead of Holland, both finishing about the same time as the boys’ third placed Rohan Vazirani. Third place went to Norwich’s Tilly Anema after a dash for the line in a three-way battle.
Shiverer’s Joel Thompson led at the half way point in the 13 Yrs age group race, while last year’s winner Hector Pardoe (Ellesmere College) caught him on the back straight, but Thompson managed to hold on for gold. Cleethorpes' Billy Hendry came into the mix towards the end to take second just half a body length behind Thompson, with Pardoe finishing just behind for bronze.
The girls started off all very close together but Phoebe Griffiths emerged a clear leader, remaining ahead for the entire race to win gold with a really confident swim. As the chasing pack sprinted to the finish, Weston Super Mare’s Imogen Moroney claimed silver, and bronze went to Winsford’s ASA North West Champion Alisha Hawkins.
In the 14 Yrs age group race defending champion Nathan Hughes (Hatfield) had a seven second lead at the halfway stage, with City of Coventry’s Thomas Stacey leading the chasing pack. Having won the Age Group race for the past three years, Hughes took the gold with an incredible lead to complete his hat-trick, as well as the pool and open water double having won the 1500m at Ponds Forge last week. Kieran Bird (Bicester) came through to take the silver ahead of Stacey who finished third. “My coach asked if I had any tactics but I just said no, I wanted to go out and enjoy it and have fun. I took a lot of confidence from last week” said Hughes.
In the girls’ race last year’s winner Sarah Branch (Northampton) led at the halfway point, and kept her lead with a great swim to retain her title. There was a really close finish for second but Wycombe District’s Sophie Millen just took the silver ahead of Hillingdon’s Loulou Vos. Branch said “I knew there was quite a strong field this year but I think I did well to hold my place”.
- 12 Yrs – Charlie Hutchison (Ellesmere College) – 18:59.50
- 12 Yrs – Shannon Dalligan (Ellesmere College) – 19:39.70
- 13 Yrs – Joel Thompson (Shiverers) – 18:42.30
- 13 Yrs – Phoebe Griffiths (Bo Waltham Forest) – 19:12.10
- 14 Yrs – Nathan Hughes (Hatfield) – 17:59.80
- 14 Yrs – Sarah Branch (Northampton) – 18:38.10
SILVER MEDAL WINNERS
- 12 Yrs – Ioan Evans (Bridgend City) – 19:17.50
- 12 Yrs – Rosie Holland (Ellesmere College) – 19:40.30
- 13 Yrs – William Hendry (Cleethorpes) – 18:43.10
- 13 Yrs – Imogen Moroney (Weston Super Mare) – 19:24.20
- 14 Yrs – Kieran Bird (Bicester) – 18:20.30
- 14 Yrs – Sophie Millen (Wycombe District) – 18:48.80
BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS
- 12 Yrs - Rohan Vazirani (Hillingdon) – 19:39.30
- 12 Yrs – Tilly Anema (Norwich Swans) – 20:13.50
- 13 Yrs – Hector Pardoe (Ellesmere College) – 18:44.80
- 13 Yrs – Alisha Hawkins (Winsford) – 19:25.70
- 14 Yrs – Thomas Stacey (City of Coventry) – 18:26.70
- 14 Yrs – Loulou Vos (Hillingdon) – 18:49.20