Clark, Stephens & Gammon Highlight Day Two Of Swim England Winter Championships


  • Friday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 4th
  • Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, England
  • SCM (25m)
  • Day 1 Recap
  • Live Results

Day two of the 2022 Swim England Winter Championships saw two national records bite the dust in Sheffield.

We reported how Olympic medalist Matt Richards first dropped the men’s 100m freestyle British mark down to 45.94 before settling on a huge lifetime best of 45.85.

Then on the women’s side, Imogen Clark followed suit by setting a new national record in the women’s 50m breast. Her time of 29.34 dropped .08 off of her own previous personal best and British standard of 29.43 from 2018.

However, there were several other notable swims from these Championships, including a new lifetime best put up by Joshua Gammon in the men’s 200m fly.

Gammon of Bath touched in a time of 1:54.31 to take the 2fly by over 2 seconds. Opening in 54.85 and closing in 59.46, Gammon’s outing easily overtook his previous PB of 1:56.75 produced at this year’s BUCS Short Course Championships. He now checks in as GBR’s 11th fastest man of all time in this event.

Sophie Shaw of the City of Manchester Aquatics pulled through for the victory in the women’s 200m back, albeit by a narrow margin.

Shaw claimed the top spot in a time of 2:08.35 while Iona Colbert was right behind in 2:08.59. Evie Dilley rounded out the top 3 in the tight race, getting to the wall in 2:08.92 for bronze. The trio all scored personal bests in this Sheffield battle.

Laura Stephens was the fastest 100m butterflier in Sheffield, logging 58.54 to get the edge over quickly-closing Betsy Wizard of Northampton. Wizard settled for silver in 58.62 while Georgina Pryor of Derventio Excel also landed on the podium with her bronze medal-worthy 59.00.

At this same meet 4 years ago Stephens clocked her lifetime best in this 1fly event, a mark of 57.62 which renders her Great Britain’s 12th fastest woman ever.

Additional Winners

  • Just one event in between, Clark followed up her 50m breast national record with a victory in the 50m free. Clark registered a winning time of 24.84 to get under the 25-second threshold for the first time in her career.
  • Greg Butler of Loughborough snagged gold in the men’s 100m breast with a time of 58.83.
  • The men’s 200m IM saw Charlie Hutchison get it done in a time of 1:57.09.
  • Sam Budd was too quick to catch in the men’s 50m back, posting a winning effort of 24.21.
  • Loughborough’s Freya Colbert was just .16 outside of her own lifetime best en route to topping the women’s 400m IM field in 4:34.37.

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Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

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