Para-Swimming International Meet 2014
World and Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds (S6) won gold in the 400m Freestyle to finish in 5:26.52 and qualify for the IPC European Championships in Eindhoven later this year.
The men’s 400m Freestyle was dominated by British athletes but it was Nova Centurion’s Ollie Hynd (S8) who came out on top to take gold with 983 points, in a personal best time of 4:27.64. S7 swimmer Jonathan Fox (City of Manchester Aquatics) finished with 904 points (4:48.73) to add a silver medal to his 100m Backstroke gold.
S14 swimmer Bethany Firth (City of Newcastle) claimed the 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley, and 200m Freestyle – in which she scored a world best time of 2:06.93 to give 1097 points.
Andrew Mullen came away with two medals including gold in the MC 50m Backstroke with 721 points. Mullen’s time of 39.03 was an S5 British record.
Preston swimmer Steph Slater won two silvers and a one gold, setting a S8 European 50m Freestyle record and a 100m Butterfly world record.
S7 world champion Matt Walker swam close to his 2013 World gold time to take silver in the 50m Freestyle in 28.57 (908 points).
In the 50m Butterfly S7 swimmer Susie Rodgers (Beckenham) took gold with a 36.17 finish that gave her 819 points, and in the men’s 100m Backstroke, S7 world record holder Jonathan Fox had a great race to take gold with 998 points.
Many of the swimmers at the meet achieved the qualifying standard for the IPC Swimming European Championships, which takes place in Eindhoven, Netherlands, starting 4 August.