Each day double Commonwealth Champion Sarah Ruckwood (née Price) will pick her top swimmers in each age group from the ASA National Swimming Champs at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
There were a few performances that really stood out for me during the heats and finals on day four at the ASA National Summer Championships.
In the 12/13yrs 100m Freestyle, Kyo Tanner really impressed me as he held onto his early lead to win gold in 56.44. Credit must also go to City of Liverpool’s Tobey Ryland who put pressure on Preston’s Tanner in the closing stages of the race to finish second in 56.84.
Benjamin Samuel was my pick for the 14yrs age group. The Bournemouth Collegiate swimmer was able to maintain distance between himself and the rest of the field in the 14yrs 100m Freestyle, taking gold in a personal best time of 55.21.
City of Salford’s Emily Keays was great to watch in the 15yrs 200m Butterfly. Her technique and underwater work was arguably the best in the field and she posted a new lifetime best of 2:23.79 to take silver.
Georgina Boyle showed excellent technique in yesterday’s 200m Butterfly heats and in the 16/17yrs final, the Chelsea and Westminster SC swimmer conserved energy over the first 100 metres and came back so strong over the final 50 to go under 2:20 for the first time (2:19.01).
My 18yrs+ age group pick is City of Derby’s Bradley Lynch, fastest qualifier from the morning heats. He was able to pull away from the field with less than 15 metres to go and take gold in 50.44.
Plus, there was a record breaking performance from Grace Harvey in the MC 200m IM. The Hoddesden swimmer broke her own SM7 British Record by over five seconds, touching in a time of 3:17.78 and finishing fourth overall.
Full reports and results from Day Four can be found on the Nationals hub