2016 BRITISH SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday July 26th-Sunday July 31st
- Ponds Forge International Sports Centre – Sheffield, England
- Prelims – 9 am local (4 am EDT); Finals –4:30 pm local (11 am EDT)
- Psych Sheets
Great Britain’s Stephanie Millward, competing in her best event in her first major competition since being reclassified as an S8 in early June, has broken the World Record in the women’s 100 meter backstroke.
Millward swam a 1:12.94 on Wednesday’s prelims, which by the multi-class point system made her the fastest qualifier into finals. In the process, she cleared over a second from the existing World (and National) Record of 1:14.36 done by fellow Brit Heather Frederiksen (1:14.36) in 2009. Frederiksen’s record-setting swim was done in the same Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield that this week’s British Summer Championships are being held in.
At 34, Millward is the oldest swimmer in the event by 15 years, and she enters this summer with 5 Paralympic medals – including a silver in the 100 back at the London 2012 Olympics while swimming in the S9 category. Now reclassified as an S8, generally speaking a slower category, she not only broke the World Record with this swim, but leads the world in 2016 by over 6 seconds.
At the IDM International meet where Millward was reclassified, she didn’t swim the 100 back, instead racing the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle. She won the S8 class in the 100 free at that meet by a second-and-a-half.
Millward’s 1:12, while a World Record in her new class, isn’t her best time – she’s been faster than that swim at least a dozen times, including most recently in 2013. Her best time of the year prior to this swim is a 1:13.04 from the Dave McCullagh International meet in March.