PONDS FORGE, Sheffield, England, Aug. 4. JEMMA Lowe, Louise Pate and Marco Loughran set British age group records at the ASA National Youth and ASA Championships at the Ponds Forge International Sports Center on Friday.
2005 European Junior Championship 100-meter butterfly silver medalist Lowe led the way, showing sparkling form on the way to winning the women's 100-meter open butterfly final.
The Hartlepool product's time of 1.00.53 saw her rewrite the record books and made sure she gave the national selectors plenty to think about as she tries to cement a regular place in the national senior team.
Pate, 17, who, despite also setting a British age group record, had to settle for second place on the podium. Swimming for the Heart of Midlothian club, Pate touched home in 1.00.70, just .17 seconds behind arch-rival Lowe
Loughran, powered his way to a British age group record in the men's 50-meter open backstroke final, extending his own Welsh record in a time of 26.79.
Swimming against older swimmers, Guilford's Loughran finished fourth with Australia guest swimmer Daniel Arnamnart taking the gold medal.
Other gold medal winners on day four of this year's six-day championship were Steven Beckerley (Plymouth), James Clarke (Millfield), Sophie Allen (Lincoln), Stacey Tadd (Bath), David Hill (Kelly Coll), Emma Cattle (Luton), Belinda Hocking (Australia), Simon Smith (Bath Uni), Michael Rock (Co Liverpool), Lowri Tynan (Wrexham), Kate Richardson (Kingston Hull), Sascha Kindred (Leominster) and Elizabeth Johnson (Swansea Performance).