Although the British Championships has a strong focus on senior swimmers and potential Rio qualification, there is also a chance for younger talent and upcoming stars to showcase their abilities in the Junior and Talent Tokyo finals for each event.
Men’s 400m Free
In the Junior final of the Men’s 400m Free, sixteen year old Hatfield Nathan Hughes (pictured right) stormed to victory in a time of 3:57.45, with City of Sheffield’s Samuel Budd second, closely followed by Maidenhead’s George Taplin.
The Target Tokyo final was won by Daniel Jervis of Swansea Aquatics, who sat just behind Millfield’s Cameron Kurle until powering ahead on the final length to steal gold. Tom Derbyshire of Royal Wolverhampton joined the pair on the podium in third place.
Women’s 200m Free
Hannah Featherstone of Sedgefield impressed in the Junior Women’s 200m Freestyle, clinching victory in a close-fought race in a time of 2:02.03, with Tazmin Pugh and Bethany Newton hot on her heels. The race was tough to call, with just 0.17 separating the top four swimmers at the half way mark, with Featherstone winning the battle to touch the wall first.
The Target Tokyo final was another tightly contested race, with the eventual winner Kathryn Greenslade of Preston leaving it until the final 50m to edge ahead of her rivals to clinch gold in a time of 2:00.66. Lucy Hope finished well to take silver, while Maya Westlake slipped to third after a narrow lead over the field at the 150m mark.
Men’s 200m Breaststroke
Ahead of an exhilarating Open final, with the crowd’s excitement building, the Junior and Target Tokyo finals did not disappoint. Yaron Gerber got off to a powerful start and managed to maintain his marginal lead throughout the race to take gold in a time of 1:04.16. Jarvis Parkinson came in just 0.8 behind to claim silver, followed closely by City of Oxford’s Callum Smart.
City of Birmingham’s Luke Davies (pictured right) who picked up bronze last year in Baku edged the touch in the Talent Tokyo final, with Kieran Preston of Edinburgh University only 0.06 behind the leader. City of Oxford picked up a second consecutive bronze medal, as David Murphy finished in third.
Women’s 400m IM
The 400m Medley Junior final saw an incredible swim from Newcastle’s Emily Large, who clocked a whopping personal best to take gold in 4:47.79, a time which would also have won the Target Tokyo final. City of Leeds’ Ciara Schlosshan reached the touchpads in second place, with Sophia Wilson of Guildford picking up bronze.
The Target Tokyo final was won by Niamh McDonagh in 4:51.44, following Emma Day’s disqualification, with Abigail Humphreys and Jennifer King just behind to join McDonagh on the podium.