British Gas International Swimming Meet
Britain's Para-Swimmers enjoyed great success in Manchester, giving them yet more practice in the build up to the 2014 IPC European Championships in Eindhoven.
S8 swimmer Steph Slater took the women’s title in both the MC 50m and 100m Freestyle, beating Hannah Russell (S12) and Amy Marren (S9) in the 50, then Russell (with her second silver) and Stephanie Millward (S9) in the 100.
Bethany Firth (S14) led the field in the MC 200m Freestyle to take gold ahead of Jessica-Jane Applegate (S14) and Katie Nesbitt (S14), while Tully Kearney (S10) won gold in the women’s MC 400m Freestyle.
In the men’s 100m race, Brits Matthew Wylie (S9) and Sascha Kindred (S6) came second and third behind Brazil’s Phelipe Rodrigues (S10), who also went on to take his second title of the competition with the MC 50m Freestyle. Tom Hamer (S14) won the MC 200m Freestyle title with Daniel Pepper (S14) and Ryan Nicholls (S14) took silver and bronze.
Having qualified top in the men’s MC 400m Freestyle heats, Ollie Hynd (S8) went on to win gold in the final.
Scott Quinn (SB14) took the gold in the MC 100m Breaststroke, and in the women’s event Charlotte Henshaw (SB6) swam a season’s best of 1:40.09 to take gold ahead of Nicole Lough (SB14) and Elizabeth Johnson (SB6).
Bethany Firth swam just outside her PB in the 100m Backstroke to win her second gold - a great effort having recently broken her toe! James Crisp (S9) won the men’s race, beating Aaron Moores (S14) and Ollie Hynd (S8).
Having already taken two freestyle golds, Steph Slater impressed again winning the MC 100m Butterfly, while James Hollis (S10) won gold in the men’s race ahead of James Clegg (S12).
City of Manchester swimmer Matt Walker (S7) secured the gold medal in the MC 50m Butterfly ahead of Alexander Goodman (Portsmouth Northsea), and Paralympic medallist Susie Rodgers (S7) won the gold in the women’s 50.
Sascha Kindred (SM6) swam the MC 200m IM in 2:47.11 to win gold, giving him great confidence going into his sixth IPC European Championships in July. In the women’s race, Jessica-Jane Applegate (SM14) took the title in 2:34.06 (936 points) ahead of Chloe Davies (SM14) and Double Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds (SM6).