2017 BRITISH SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, July 25th – Sunday, July 30th
- Ponds Forge, Sheffield
- Psych Sheets
- SwimSwam Meet Preview
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap
While British swimmers James Guy and Ben Proud continue to make waves in Budapest competing at the 2017 World Championships, their teammates are getting the job done domestically at the British Summer Championships in Sheffield. With just one more day to go at Ponds Forge, several rising stars have collected multiple medals already.
Highlights Through Day 5
Edinburgh’s Lizzie Simmonds scored wins across the 3 women’s backstroke events, swimming her way to the titles for ages 19+. She won the 100m backstroke early on in the meet in a time of 59.72 to represent the only competitor to drop beneath the minute barrier, then followed that up with a speedy 28.40 time to take the 50m splash n’ dash.
For the 200m backstroke, Simmonds saved the best for last, cracking her best time since way back in 2010. Clocking 2:08.86, Simmonds won by 3 seconds and completed her trifecta of backstroke titles for 2017.
Olympians Georgia Coates and Eleanor Faulkner also got the job done in their respective events, each earning 3 individual gold medals through day 5. Coates out of Leeds, won the 200m free, 200 breast and the 100 freestyle, the latter of which she won in a time of 56.07 to top the 17/18 age group.
Sheffield’s Faulkner won the 200m freestyle on night one, but also added the 100m free and 400m freestyle to her British Summer Championships individual event win resume. Faulker won the former in a PB of 54.89 and the latter in a time of 4:08.15, the 3rd fastest outing of her career.
While James Guy wrangled up a bronze in the men’s 100m butterfly in Budapest his 17/18 age group record in the event bit the dust courtesy of Danny Savage. After already taking the boys’ 17/18 100m freestyle title, Savage dropped a huge personal best of 54.15 to take the 1fly title, lowering Guy’s 2012 age group record by .17.
A Senior Record was also broken thus far at Ponds Forge in the form of Irishman James Brown in the men’s 200m IM. Clocking 2:02.09 in the final for 3rd place, Brown lowered his own mark of 2:02.75 to land on the podium and rewrite the Irish record book.
Stirling’s Craig Benson fell just .17 shy of completing a sweep of the breaststroke events, settling for silver behind Andrew Willis in the 200m distance. Having already won the 100m in a new personal best of 59.62 and the 50m in a solid 27.43, Benson stopped the clock at 2:09.42 behind Willis’ 2:09.25 to earn runner-up status in the event.
18-year-old Sunderland swimmer Freya Raynor touched in 25.24 for a new personal best and gold medal in the 17/18 50m freestyle. With that result, Raynor checks-in as the 2nd fastest British 18-year-old ever sitting only behind Olympic finalist Fran Halsall’s time of 24.53 from 2009.
Para swimmer Maisie Summer-Newton, just 15 years of age, registered a new European Record in the SB6 100m breaststroke. She notched a time of 1:34.99 here in Sheffield to earn 998 points in the process.
Hannah Russell also made para swimming history by winning her 3rd consecutive MC 100m freestyle title. The 22-year-old S12 athlete notched a time of 59.97, earning 923 points.
Ollie Hynd already collected a new world record on day 1 in the men’s MC 400m freestyle and the para swimmer secured another huge time in the 200m IM. The Nova Centurian swimmer touched in 2:21.36 for the 2nd fastest time of his career, successfully defending his title from the 2016 edition of this meet.
Competition concludes tomorrow in Sheffield.