LEEDS, England, March 8. THE spotlight was on Hannah Miley today at the British International Meet, as the two-time Olympian posted an impressive in-season time in the long course 400 individual medley.
Miley, who was fifth at the 2012 Olympics in the 400 IM with a 4:34.17, raced to an impressive 4:35.57 today. Interestingly, Miley swam faster on her breaststroke leg today than she did in London, 1:17.48 to 1:18.25. Miley's best still stands at 4:31.33, which is the British national record.
Placing second in the women's 400 IM today was Aimee Willmott with a 4:38.94, just a few hundredths off her time from the Olympics, while open water ace Keri-Anne Payne was third with a 4:42.85.
American Anthony Ervin provided the only non-British win in the men's competition with a 22.28 victory in the 50 freestyle. Ervin's been faster recently, with a 22.01 last week in Marseille, France. Placing second was Great Britain's Ben Proud with a 22.72, while Jasper van Mierlo of the Netherlands took third with a 22.91.
Joe Roebuck, who swam the 200 fly for Great Britain at the Olympics, won that event today with a 1:57.54. Fellow Brit Adam Mallett led a three-person battle for second with a 1:59.30. James Guy was third with a 1:59.53 and Roberto Pavoni was fourth with a 1:59.86.
Michael Jamieson, the Olympic runner-up in the 200 breast, topped the field in today's 100 breast final with a 1:00.82. His best time is a 1:00.50 from the British Olympic Trials. Jamieson got a little bit of a race from Christopher Steeples, who turned with Jamieson at 50 meters and settled for second with a 1:01.08. Robert Holderness, a former Florida State Seminole, placed third with a 1:01.47.
Daniel Fogg, who competed in the final of the 1500 freestyle in London, paced the field to win today with a 15:26.93. Caleb Hughes held the lead for 1100 meters before fading to second, finishing with a 15:29.96. Stephen Milne took third with a 15:33.51.
Jeanette Ottesen Gray, the reigning co-world champion in the 100 freestyle, won the 50 fly today with a 25.76, beating out British crowd favorite Fran Halsall's 26.00. Emma Wilkins, meanwhile, placed third with a 26.98.
Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands took the women's 200 free with a 1:58.49. Rebecca Turner challenged Heemskerk from the start but could only muster a second-place time of 1:58.72. Eleanor Faulkner was third in 1:59.42.
Georgia Davies held off a fast-charging Lauren Quigley to the wall in the 100 back, winning with a 1:00.45 to Quigley's 1:00.59. Jessica Fullalove was third with a 1:01.56.
Molly Renshaw used a fast final 50 meters to pull away from the pack and win the women's 200 breast with a 2:28.25. Stacey Tadd was second in 2:30.53, while Kerry Buchan took third with a 2:30.82.
With Great Britain selecting its field for the European junior championships and the European Youth Olympic Festival, the junior competition at the meet continues to put up impressive times in the girls' 16-and-under and boys' 18-and-under races. Rosie Rudin led off the junior portion of the meet with a win in the women's 400 IM with a 4:51.68, with Amber Keegan taking second with a 4:52.23. Abbie Wood was third in 4:58.23.
Earl Radtschenko won the junior 200 fly with a 2:02.58 to Mark Szaranek's 2:03.73. Benjamin Kerry was well back in third with a 2:05.63.
The girls' 100 back was won by Harriet Cooper with a 1:02.40 to lead two other swimmers under 1:03: Katie Latham (1:02.85) and Kathleen Dawson (1:02.94).
In the boys' junior 50 free, James Peek got to the wall first with a 23.49, while Miles Munro was second with a 23.53. Jack Smith touched third with a 23.59.
Alicia Parsons looked in control of the girls' 200 breast final, but was caught at the end by Beth Aitchison, who won with a 2:37.65 to Parsons' 2:37.91. Ruth Gordon almost passed Aitchinson at the touch, claiming third with a 2:37.92.
Harry Ackland won the junior 100 breast title with a 1:03.90, just ahead of Alexander Murphy's 1:04.16. In third was Daniel Lim with a 1:05.79.
Georgina Pryor won the junior girls' 50 fly in 28.11, over Emma Day's 28.49. Rosie Moore took third with a 28.85.
Ellena Jones wrapped up the junior portion of the competition in the women's 200 free with a 2:03.92, while Maya Westlake took second with a 2:04.60. Brearnna Close was third with a 2:05.09.