On the final day of the IPC Swimming European Championships the British Gas GBR Para-Swimming team brought their medal total to 73, including 30 golds.
Steph Slater completed a full house winning her fifth individual gold in as many races as well as taking the top spot with the 4x100m Medley Relay team. Finishing the S8 50m Freestyle race in a time of 30.44 Slater knocked almost a second off the previous European record. “It was a really good swim,” Slater said. “I just stuck to my own race plan and it didn’t matter what lane I was in because there was water there so you know you have a chance.”
Andrew Mullen added another gold to his impressive medal tally, finishing the competition with 4 golds and 2 silvers. In the S5 50m Backstroke he swam to a new European record of 37.56. “I’m really pleased right now,” Mullen said. “It’s been a great week. I don’t really think it could have gone much better for me.”
Double Paralympic Champion Ellie Simmonds completed her gold hat-trick winning the SB6 100m Breaststroke in a new PB of 1:41.26. “The Breaststroke is a fun event for me,” Simmonds said. “It was great to finish on a PB and I really enjoy the Breaststroke.”
Steph Millward, Claire Cashmore, Steph Slater and Amy Marren, stormed to victory in the 4x100m Medley Relay. The first leg for Millward was close but Cashmore moved the Brits into the lead. Slater pushed the team further ahead of the field and handed over to Marren who touched in 4:46.89.
“Relays are a really fun event,” Marren said. “I really love being part of a relay. It’s a bit annoying how close we were to the world record but we know there is room for improvement which gives us hope for next year.”
Marren also won her sixth individual medal of the competition with silver in the S9 100m Butterfly after touching in a time of 1:11.09 and bronze went to Steph Millward in 1:12.17.
Hannah Russell won her sixth medal of the week with silver in the S12 400m Freestyle, in a time of 4:45.72.
Jack Thomas won his second medal of the competition with silver in the SM14 200m Individual Medley with a time of 2:17.99 with Craig Harris winning bronze in 2:18.71. Scott Quin finished fourth in 2:20.76.
The men’s 4x100m Medley Relay saw Ollie Hynd, Jack Bridge, James Hollis and Matt Walker win the silver medal in a time of 4:20.70.
Jessica-Jane Applegate added another bronze to total three individual medals, in the SM14 200m Individual Medley with a time of 2:30.43. Chloe Davies finished in fifth place in 2:34.61.
Rob Welbourn finished fourth in the S10 100m Freestyle in 55.58 and Alice Tai took fourth in the same event in 1:03.94. Josef Craig finished in fifth place in the S8 50m Freestyle in 28.56.