2018 British Summer C’ships Day 1: British Breaststroking Pride

2018 BRITISH SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS

While the top-tier of British talent is preparing for the European Championships kicking off just over a week from now, emerging athletes and veteran racers are competing at the British Summer Championships in Sheffield this week. The meet represents the final championship meet for both open and age group swimmers, evidenced by the best times already thrown down on day 1 of the competition at Ponds Forge.

Dartmoor Darts swimmer Cameron Williams was one such athlete, as the 14-year-old crushed a new British national age group record in the men’s 100m breaststroke. Williams earned the top seed of the morning heats with a super quick 1:05.06, his own personal best. That time surpassed the previous British age group record for 14-year-olds of 1:05.42 held by two-time Olympian Craig Benson.

Although Williams was a touch slower in the evening, he still topped the podium for his age group race with another impressive outing of 1:05.37, still under the old record. For comparison, Williams’ new British NAG would check-in as the 7th fastest on the Americans’ all-time 13-14 year-old boys’ list.

The previous record holder Benson was also in action tonight in the men’s 19+ edition of the 100m breaststroke where the University of Stirling athlete fired off a new personal best. Heading into this meet, the 24-year-old’s career fastest sat at the 59.63 he registered at last year’s British National Championships.

After taking the top seed of the morning in 59.94, Benson wowed the crowd with a new PB of 59.50 to frog-hop over Daniel Sliwinski and become Britain’s 4th fastest performer ever in the 100m breast. Only world record holder Adam Peaty and Commonwealth Games medalists Ross Murdoch and James Wilby have been faster.

In the current world rankings, Benson now slides into the 13th slot:

2017-2018 LCM MEN 100 BREAST

AdamGBR
PEATY
08/04
57.10*WR
2James
WILBY
GBR58.6408/04
3Yasuhiro
KOSEKI
JPN58.8608/22
4Anton
CHUKOV
RUS58.9608/04
5Zibei
YAN
CHN58.9709/01
6Kirill
PIGODA
RUS59.1008/04
7Ross
MURDOCH
GBR59.1408/03
7Arno
KAMMINGA
NED59.1406/29
9Andrew
WILSON
USA59.1903/03
10Jake
PACKARD
AUS59.2008/09
11Fabio
SCOZZOLI
ITA59.3304/11
12Michael
ANDREW
USA59.3807/28
13Dmitriy
BALANDIN
KAZ59.3908/22
14Ilya
SHYMANOVICH
BLR59.4005/02
15Cameron
VAN DER BURGH
RSA59.4404/07
View Top 26»

Stockport Metro’s Elizabeth Harris rocked a new personal best in the women’s 200m freestyle in the 17/18 age group. The 18-year-old delved into sub-2 minute territory for the first time in her young career, clocking 1:59.95. Her outing now places her among the top 15 British 18-year-olds of all-time.

In the ‘Open’ category, additional winners included:

  • Nick Grainger took the men’s 400m free in 3:53.44.
  • Bath’s Georgia Coates won the women’s 200m free in 2:00.50.
  • Laura Stephens of Plymouth Leander topped the women’s 400m IM podium in a new PB of 4:48.77.
  • The men’s 50m backstroke was won by Stirling’s Martyn Walton in 25.55.
  • Stockport Metro’s Katie Matts won the women’s 50m breast in 31.20.

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Dee

Greg Butler took his PB down from 1.02.8 to 1.01.2 in the 17/18 age group 100br. Second fastest Brit of all time in that age group. From Co Derby, Adam Peaty’s club until last year.

Martyn Walton very encouraging in the 50bk – That was a PB by almost a second. His background is not really sprint orientated (1.49/3.55 freestyler; 2.02 IMer) but he swam the 100s at SwimCup and looked good. Should go 54. this week and could well be the darkhorse pick as the backstroker Britain desperately need.

PeatyPiper

Hopefully Xavier Castelli and Walker Hebborn will hang around a bit longer as they’ve both been 54 this year so can’t hurt to provide a benchmark for the younger ones. Luke Greenbank from CW Games and also Nicholas Pyle the other day in Helsinki also been 54 and they are considerably younger than Castelli and Walker Hebborn, so hopefully will see some 53s in Glasgow. At any rate looks like we are getting a bit more depth to the men’s british 100m backstroke field and will be good to have a mix of experience and youth going into next year and Tokyo 2020.

Captain Awesome

If Butler had done that time at Euro juniors he would’ve won. Must’ve not quite hit his taper right.

Walton’s been much more of a sprinter the last couple of years than he was as a junior. Could have PBs in multiple events this week if he follows on from that 50.

Dee

Yeah, I noticed he swam some big 100 PBs at the swim cup earlier this year.

SwimMum

Did he not go 49.6 at Euro Games 2015 in a relay? Shown glimpses over the years now maybe found an event he can make his own at Stirling. Super talented group of athletes there, wouldn’t surprise me if he continues to progress. He was a good backstroke swimmer as an Age + Youth swimmer.

George

*49.43

susan Marsh

Keep up the great swimming USa USA USA careful David is watching!!!!

Aussie Peter

Does anyone know the status of Walker-Hebborn? Still competing? Done?

Dee

Still swimming; Fastest Brit this year – But I suspect selectors are putting their eggs jn the younget basket and hoping to find someone for 2020. Positives signs with a bunch of youngsters blocking in the 54s right now. You’d hope one in a group of four or five would progress into that lower/mid 53s territory.

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