Team England swimmers are enjoying great success at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, claiming 12 medals over the first two days including three gold.
Fastest qualifying Boyle stormed home in 2:00.72 to take 200m Freestyle gold, commenting after the race, “I’m pleased with that swim. It’s been a long season and to swim so close to my best and win gold is amazing”.
The Royal Wolverhampton swimmer kept up his pace as the fastest entry for the 1500m Freestyle dominating to win gold in 15:31.18.
“That was a good time and I am really pleased to have won gold,” said Derbyshire. “It’s difficult to race up front on your own for so long. I think I could have gone quicker if there had been more competition to spur me on”.
Team England’s third gold in the pool came from 15-year-old Black, who led from start to finish topping the podium in the 100m Breaststroke in 1:10.06.
“I am really pleased with that win,” said the City of Leeds swimmer. “That’s what I came here to do. That swim has given me a big confidence boost and I’m now really looking forward to the 50m Breaststroke tomorrow.”
Cockermouth’s Baxter was just outside his lifetime best, touching in 1:03.72 to bag silver in the 100m Breaststroke.
In a tough 400m IM field, Litchfield held his own swimming strong fly and breaststroke legs, just losing out on the win in the last 50 metres with a time of 4:27.49.
Litchfield joined Lewis Clough, Kyle Chisholm and Tom Derbyshire in the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay for a thrilling finish for the English quartet touching in 7:30.13 to take silver, less than a second behind winners Australia.
This success was then matched in the Women’s race with Boyle, Tazmin Pugh, Darcy Deakin and Georgia Darwent claiming silver in 8:15.93.
Ellesmere College’s Pugh fought hard to touch the wall in 2:14.69 and claim bronze in the 200m Butterfly, before swimming a strong fly to secure her second bronze of the Games in the 400m IM (4:53.65).
Salfords’ Clough swam a new lifetime best of 24.94 in the 50m Butterfly for his first bronze before pushing hard to swim his first time under 51 seconds for third in the 100m Freestyle (50.96).
Before joining the 4x200m Freestyle relay team for silver, Chisholm won individual bronze in the 200m Freestyle, touching over a second faster than in the heats to claim bronze in 1:51.21.