Each day double Commonwealth Champion Sarah Ruckwood (née Price) will pick her top swimmers in each age group from the ASA National Swimming Champs at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
At the half-way mark of the championships there a few swimmers who have really impressed me in the heats and the finals. Bicester’s Charlotte Wynne-Jones added a second gold to her medal haul in the 12/13yrs 100m Butterfly, after taking the 50m Butterfly title on Tuesday. I’m looking forward to seeing her in the 200m Butterfly today.
Samuel Wardle showed his strength in 14yrs 200m Fly taking gold by almost 3 seconds. The City of Leeds swimmer showed incredible strength and power as he pulled away from the field in the final 50 metres to touch in 2:17.75.
Harry Middleton was my pick for the 15yrs age group after taking his second backstroke gold of the championships in last night’s 50m Backstroke. The field were all in a line with 15 metres to go, but the Plymouth Leander swimmer was able to inch ahead in the final metres of the race to touch first in 28.60.
West Norfolk’s Nathan Wells has been looking in great form throughout the competition and won his third gold of the Championships in last night’s 16/17yrs 200m IM, posting a time of 2:08.46. A very promising swimmer.
My 18yrs age group pick is Hayden Griffiths, who took gold in the 400m IM earlier this week, showed his prowess across all four strokes taking gold in last night’s 200m IM. The Ellesmere College swimmer had an impressive breaststroke leg and extended his lead to over a body length by the final touch (2:07.30).
Finally, I was thrilled to watch Worcester’s Rebecca Redfern lower her own SB13 British Record in the Women’s MC 100m Breaststroke, posting a time of 1:20.56. Great work from her yesterday.
Full reports and results from Day Three can be found on the Nationals hub