Northeast England’s Newcastle Swim Team is becoming somewhat of a regional talent hotbed as of late, with swimmers staking claims on British Junior Records on both the long course and short course record boards this year.
Emily Large made waves already earlier this year, registering a new British age record for 15-year-olds in the women’s 200m butterfly (LCM). The teen was back at it again this weekend competing at the Ontario Junior International meet in Canada. During this morning’s prelims, Large scored a new personal best mark of 4:37.76 in the 400m IM, notching the 3rd seed for tonight’s final in the process. Large’s outing dropped the British Junior National Record in the event down to a new low, shaving just under a second off of Abbie Wood’s previous record of 4:38.56 from 2014.
Another Newcastle swimmer wrangled in a British Junior Record of her own closer to home, as Jane Brown established herself as the woman to beat in the women’s 100m IM this morning. Rocking a time of 1:01.66 to take the top seed, the teen wreaked havoc on the previous junior record of 1:02.01 held by Loughborough’s Sophie Smith since 2010. Two additional competitors also checked in this morning with sub-1:02-second times, so Brown will have her hands full for the final tonight in Sheffield.
Full recaps of each meet will be forthcoming once finals have completed.