The Boys 4x100m Freestyle Relay team won GBR’s first gold of the LEN European Junior Championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands. Duncan Scott, Martyn Walton, Miles Munro and Jack Smith finished in 3:19.78. Munro said ‘We averaged sub-50 seconds for each leg, which was an awesome team effort’.
Holly Hibbott (Southport) took eight seconds off her fastest time to win silver in the 800m Freestyle in 8:41.41 and set a new British Age Group record (14 Yrs).
Rosie Rudin (NOVA Centurion) and Georgia Coates (City of Leeds) both reached the podium in the 400m Individual Medley, with Rudin clocking a British Age Group record (15 Yrs) of 4:43.56 to win silver (pictured below). 15-year-old Georgia Coates won bronze with a 4:44.60 PB, and went on to better that with a gold in the 200m Individual Medley.
In the 1500m Freestyle 18-year-old Daniel Jervis (Swansea) won gold by just 0.12 seconds, taking over 9 seconds off his PB from the British Gas Champs earlier in the year. A thrilled Jervis said: “I'm so happy to have won. I've achieved exactly what I set out to do at this meet."
Duncan Scott swam a strong final 50m to win gold in the 200m Individual Medley and take the European Junior title. The Grangemouth swimmer finished in 2:01.57 to equal the British Age Group record (17 Yrs) set by Iuean Lloyd in 2011. Scott said: ‘I went into the event as one of the younger swimmers a year down so I am surprised but delighted to have won’. Scott’s second medal came in the 4x200m Freestyle. The GBR relay team of Martyn Walton (1:50.84), Daniel Jervis (1:51.46), Jack Smith (1:52.52) and Duncan Scott (1:48.31) won bronze in a time of 7:23.13.
In the 200m Butterfly Amelia Clynes (City of Leeds) won bronze and set a new British Age Group record (14 Yrs) with her time of 2:11.46. She then added to this with a silver in the 100m Butterfly, just 0.03 seconds behind winner Lisa Hoepink of Germany, in another British Age Group record (14 Yrs) 59.96.
Greenbank (Cockermouth) dominated the 200m Backstroke to finish almost two seconds clear in a British 16 Years Age Group record of 1:58.05. A delighted Greenbank said: ‘I'm over the moon with the result. I’m now looking forward to the Youth Olympic Games next month and seeing what I can achieve there’.
In the 200m Breaststroke, British Junior Champion Emma Cain (Millfield) made the medals with a bronze, swimming a new British Age Group record (14 Yrs) of 2:29.17
Katie Nesbitt (S14) won GBR’s first multi-classification European Junior gold medal by winning the MC 100m Freestyle touching in 1:02.91 to give 911 points.
Nesbitt went on to win another medal, with third place in the MC 100m Breaststroke, and in the 200m Butterfly Amelia Clynes (City of Leeds) also won bronze and set a new British Age Group record (14 Yrs) with her time of 2:11.46.
With a PB of 1:12.88 the 15-year-old UEA City of Norwich swimmer won her third medal and second gold, in the MC 100m Butterfly. ‘I am really pleased with my performances so far. I’ve got personal best times in all of my events which is great. Winning the medals on top is a bonus!’ Nesbitt went on to strike gold for the third time by winning the MC 100m Backstroke.
In the boys MC 100m Backstroke Ryan Nicholls (S14) touched in 1:05.28 to take silver with 814 points while Craig Harris (SM14) won bronze with a time of 1:06.71 to give 763 points.
There was a GBR top 3 finish in the MC 100m Freestyle final, with Matt Wylie (S9, City of Sunderland) in first place (59.92, 786 points), Ryan Nicholls (S14, Redbridge) winning silver by clocking 59.27 for 765 points, and Craig Harris (S14, Corsham) with the bronze (1:00.12, 733 points).
Corsham swimmer Craig Harris added gold to the two bronze medals already won, by winning the MC 100m Breaststroke in 1:15.55 for 688 points, before going on to win a second gold in the MC 100m Butterfly. Ryan Nicholls (S14, Redbridge) won the bronze.
The MC 50m Freestyle champs were Matt Wylie and Katie Nesbitt. Wylie led a British top four with Ryan Nicholls taking silver, and Craig Harris bronze. In the girls race Nesbitt swam another PB finishing in 29.20 seconds, to finish the championships with four golds.