ANTWERP, Belgium, January 26. FRAN Halsall led another strong day for Great Britain at the Speedo Flanders Cup with a sprint double by way of the 50 free and 50 fly on the final day of a two-night swimming extravaganza.
Great Britain opened where it left off yesterday when it dominated the podium on day one. The Brits went 1-2-3 in the men’s 1500-meter freestyle with Nicholas Granger posting a winning 15:10.60 in the metric mile. Stephen Milne took second in 15:16.86, while Caleb Hughes also cleared 16:00 with a third-place 15:46.59.
The GBR squad kept it up in the women’s 100-meter fly with Rachael Kelly beating the field with a 58.78. Teammate Jemma Lowe touched second in 59.14, while Belgium’s Kimberly Buys also broke 1:00 with a third-place 59.22. Pieter Timmers, who really held the Belgian flag high this weekend, topped the men’s 100-meter free in 49.04. Adam Brown of Great Britain took second in 49.63 with Belgium’s Emmanuel Vanluchene placing third in 49.68.
Great Britain’s Danielle Lowe touched out Belgium’s Kim Janssens, 32.29 to 32.39, for the women’s 50-meter breaststroke title, while Sweden’s Joline Hostman claimed third in 32.52. Michael Jamieson put up a 2:12.59 to then win the men’s 200-meter breast with Ross Murdoch taking second in 2:13.25. Adam Peaty, another sporting the GBR colors, took third in 2:15.49.
Great Britain’s Jazmin Carlin kept up her strong performances here in Antwerp with a 4:06.68 to dominate the women’s 400-meter free. Aimee Willmott then finished second for GBR with a 4:09.70, while Eleanor Faulkner claimed third in 4:10.88.
Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh moved into the win column on the second day with a 4:19.80 in the men’s 400-meter IM. That’s well off his meet record of 4:15.39 from 2011, but was enough to pick up the victory today. Great Britain’s Roberto Pavoni touched second in 4:20.03, while teammate Matthew Johnson finished third in 4:21.51.
Willmott bounced back from second in the 400 free with a 2:10.87 to 2:10.97 touchout triumph ahead of Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu in the women’s 200-meter IM. Hosszu, surprisingly, has not had as dominant of an outing as she has become accustomed to at money meets. Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor wound up third in 2:12.50.
USA’s David Plummer, shaking off a slip on the start of the 100 back yesterday, raced his way to a meet record 25.24 to win the men’s 50-meter back today. That beat Aschwin Wildeboer’s 25.64 from 2012. Israel’s Jonatan Kopelev finished second in 25.41 with Christopher Walker-Hebborn claiming third in 25.43.
Great Britain’s Lauren Quigley clipped teammate Elizabeth Simmonds, 1:00.53 to 1:00.71, in the women’s 100-meter backstroke. Another from the GBR squad, Georgia Davies, took third in 1:00.76. Joe Roebuck snatched the men’s 100-meter fly title in 53.52 for GBR with Egon Van Der Straeten taking second for Belgium in 53.58. Adam Barrett of Great Britain finished third in 53.66.
Great Britain kept piling on the strong performances with Fran Halsall winning the women’s 100-meter free in 54.76. Amy Smith placed second in 55.05, while Jessica Lloyd earned third in 55.32 to lead a top-six sweep for the British squad. Peaty claimed his second podium of the night with a 27.80 to win the men’s 50-meter breast. Christopher Steeples took second in 27.91, while Murdoch picked up another podium as well with a third-place 27.93.
Molly Renshaw hit the wall in 2:26.38 to win the women’s 200-meter breaststroke, while Sweden’s Joline Hostman placed second in 2:27.79. Danielle Lowe wound up third in 2:29.79. Great Britain’s Luke Greenbank earned the men’s 200-meter back title in 2:00.06, while Belgium’s Lander Hendrickx finished second in 2:00.86. GBR’s Craig McNally turned in a third-place 2:01.75.
Halsall doubled up on the night with a 26.25 to win the women’s 50-meter fly, while Belgium’s Kimberly Buys touched second in 26.35. Great Britain’s Rachael Kelly earned third in 26.88 as she tied Amy Smith for the podium spot.