Sophie Yendell, Freya Anderson Break British 50 Fly Age Records Again

2017 BRITISH SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Britain’s two budding female sprint stars, 15-year old Sophie Yendell and 16-year old Freya Anderson, have each re-broken their own British Age Records in the 50 meter fly on Wednesday. Both swimmers already held the records coming into the meet, and Yendell broke Tazmin Pugh’s old record in prelims, while Anderson tied her old best time in the morning session.

Yendell finished 2nd overall in the open category, swimming a 26.90 – .09 behind champion Charlotte Atkinson. That broke her own 15-year olds record of 26.99 swum in prelims, and is still the fastest time by any 16 & under – which she’ll have two more years to keep chasing and improving upon.

The time of the younger Yendell was actually faster than that of 16-year old Freya Anderson, but Anderson still cleared her own 16-year olds single age record of 27.12 by swimming 27.02 in the final. That was good enough for Anderson to take 5th.

Those time puts Lendell in 11th-place of all-time in the British Open age rankings (any age).

Fastest All-Time British Juniors (18 & Unders) in 50 LCM Fly History:

  1. Fran Halsall, 26.31 – 2008
  2. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, 26.45 – 2014
  3. Sian Harkin, 26.75 – 2013
  4. Sophie Yendell, 26.90, 2017
  5. Jemma Lowe, 26.95 – 2008
  6. Freya Anderson, 27.02 – 2017 (TIE)
  7. Ellen Gandy, 27.02 – 2009 (TIE)

Fastest All-Time British Any Age in 50 LCM Fly History:

  1. Fran Halsall, 25.20 – 2014
  2. Amy Smith, 26.24 – 2014
  3. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, 26.45 – 2014
  4. Rachael Kelly, 26.50 – 2016
  5. Ellen Gandy, 26.54 – 2012
  6. Jemma Lowe, 26.71 – 2009
  7. Sian Harkin, 26.75 – 2013 (TIE)
  8. Emma Wilkins, 26.75 – 2015 (TIE)
  9. Charlotte Atkinson, 26.81 – 2017
  10. Lucy Worrall, 26.86 – 2012
  11. Sophie Yendell, 26.90 – 2017

Edit: Yendell has aged up since she broke the 14 year olds record earlier this month, and is now 15.

 

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Paul Yendell

Sophie was 15 on 6th April. Now holds 13s, 14s and 15s records. Proud dad! Thx for recognition.

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