Photo Credit: British Swimming
SHEFFIELD, England, August 8. SEVERAL fast times have been put up through four days of racing at the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships.
Plymouth Leander’s Ben Proud, who recently competed at the Commonwealth Games for Great Britain, broke 49 in the 100 free for the first time in his career, winning the men’s 19+ event in 48.88 today. That time ranks 27th in the world in 2014, a major jump in the rankings as Proud previously sat 66th at 49.41. Proud also won the men’s 19+ 50 fly on day two in 23.64, well off his top-ranked 22.93 from the Commonwealth Games.
Lithuanian Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte, who also trains at Plymouth Leander, captured the women’s 17-18 100 free with a 55.17, which ranks 66th internationally in 2014. Meilutyte’s previous season best had been a 55.51 from the British Gas International Meet in June.
Loughborough University’s Andrew Weatheritt topped the men’s 19+ 50 breast in 27.64, matching his 20th-ranked time from the British Gas Championships in April.
Three British age group records fell on the third day of the meet, as Taunton Deane’s Charlie Attwood (15-16 boys 100 breast, 1:02.34), City of Leeds’ Amelia Clynes (15-16 girls 100 fly, 59.57) and Hatfield’s Martyn Walton (15-16 boys 200 free, 1:49.68) lowered the national age group marks in their respective events.
Serbian Velimir Stjepanovic posted a quick 200 fly time in the men’s 19+ final on day three, touching in 1:57.18 for the victory. That’s just off his season best of 1:56.70 from the Eindhoven Cup, which ranks 24th in the world. Stjepanovic also won the 200 free on the second day of the meet, posting a 1:47.44.
In the women’s 17-18 100 fly, Canadian Noemie Thomas got to the wall first in 58.25, only .06 off her season best of 58.19 from Canadian nationals in mid July. Thomas also won the women’s 50 fly with a 26.68. London Olympian and Plymouth Leander swimmer Antony James captured the men’s 19+ 100 fly title in 52.28, the fourth-fastest time of his career.