Parry Takes His Fourth Gold at British Champs

CAMBRIDGE, England, Sept. 13. FRIDAY the Thirteenth was anything but unlucky for former Florida State Seminole Steve parry, the hottest thing to come out of Liverpool since the Beatlers.

Parry, 25, powered his way to two more titles on Day Two of the 2002 British National Short Course Championships in Cambridge, to add to the two he won yesterday. His best event — the 200m butterfly — will be swum tomorrow.

Today, Parry clocked 4:13.09 to take the 400m IM, with Scottish dorsal specialist Gregor Tait second in a new Scottish record, 4.15.92.

In a common plaint by nonbreaststrokers, a smiling Parry commented: "That was tough. I'm going to campaign to get the breaststroke taken out of the event. It was horrible and a real pain, but I knew I had to do well in the breast to win."

Later Parry took the 50m backstroke, clocking 25.39 to Matthew Clay's 25.45 with the frustrated Tait third in 25.53.

Parry said "I was pretty surprised to win but four out of four events is just brilliant. The time wasn't brilliant but the afternoon has been tough on my legs. I've managed three out of the four as personal best times so it can't be bad."

The men's 100m breaststroke pitted three of the world's fastest men in the event. Darren Mew emerged the winner, but his 1:00.26 winning time was slower than expected. Commonwealth champion Adam Whitehead wtouched second in 1:00.80 with Scotland's Ian Edmond in third. James Gibson, who had the most raw speed in the field, finished fifth.

Mew commented: "Technically, the whole race was terrible, particularly the first two turns. I have been relaxing since the summer tour but never expected to do anything like that."

Double Commonwealth gold medalist Sarah Price won the 100m backstroke in 1:00.15, comfortably ahead of Melanie Marshall at 1:00.73. Fourteen year-old Stephanie Proud take the bronze in 1.02.46.

Alison Sheppard won the 100m freestyle in a talent-laden final. The 30 year-old Scottish lass who ranks first globaslly in the long course 50m free this year, clocked 54.38, with Karen Pickering second (54.93).

As is her wont, Sheppard was out fast. "I had to take it out hard in the 100m freestyle then grit my teeth and hold on."

Rebecca Cooke easily annexed the 800m freestyle, leading every stroke of the way and touching in 8:27.66. "I would have liked to have gone faster and it's tough to get back into top training, but the hard training is paying off. As yet I'm a bit unsure about whether or not I'll be going to the European Championships, but I'll be discussing this with my coach later."

James Hickman, former short course world record-holder over 200 meters fly, won the 100 tonight in 51.74 to record his eighth title. His national record stands at 51.02. Hickman and Parry will go head-to-head in the 200m fly in what should be the premier race of these championships.

Edinburgh teammates Kirsty Balfour, 18, and lauren Greenshields, battled all the way in the women's 200m breast, with Balfour taking her first national title in 2:28.38, 29-hundredths ahead of Greenshields. Rosalind Brett had no trouble taking the 50 fly in 27.56, after posting a 27.33 in semis.

–Phil Whitten


2002 British Short Course Championships
Cambridge

25 meter course

Sept. 12-15, 2002

RESULTS: Day Two: Sept. 13, 2002

Event 307 Women 800 SC Metre Freestyle
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Name Age Team Seed Finals
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=== Timed Finals ===

1 Becky COOKE 19 Co Glasgow 8:21.07 8:27.66
2 Keri – Anne PAYNE 15 Aquabears 8:42.22 8:40.49
3 Rebecca SHAW 17 Co Leeds 8:44.89 8:49.18
4 Laura CHASE 15 Portsmouth N 8:51.68 8:52.92
5 Emma WICKS 14 Co South'ton 9:08.54 8:57.97
6 Sarah JAMES 16 Stockport Mo 8:56.66 8:58.09
7 Lizzy BROWN 14 Portsmouth N 9:07.02 9:12.13

Event 303 Men 400 SC Metre IM
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Name Age Team Heats Finals
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=== Finals ===

1 Steve PARRY 25 Co Manch Aq 4:20.79 4:13.09
2 Gregor TAIT 23 Co Edinburgh 4:23.26 4:15.92 Scottish rec
3 Darren WIGG 22 Co Newcastle 4:20.45 4:17.37
4 James GODDARD 19 Stockport Mo 4:26.74 4:17.80
5 Michael COLE 23 Co Edinburgh 4:23.37 4:18.07
6 David DAVIES 17 Co Cardiff 4:21.14 4:18.42 Welsh rec
7 David CARRY 20 Co Aberdeen 4:26.33 4:23.83
8 Christopher THOMPSON 19 Portsmouth N 4:27.30 4:25.35

=== Heats ===

9 Simon MILITIS 24 Portsmouth N 4:29.87
10 Euan DALE 16 Millfield 4:32.16
11 Neil ASHCROFT 19 Co Coventry 4:33.16
12 Ben WARD 17 Exeter City 4:33.99
13 Dan PILBROW 20 Bath Univ 4:35.01
14 Ian POWELL 16 Beau Sejour 4:37.73
15 Craig HOUSTON 17 StirlingSwim 4:38.23
16 Damien BOUCHERE 20 Portsmouth N 4:39.72
17 Lewis SMITH 14 Warrender 4:40.55
18 Robert LANG 18 Co Aberdeen 4:40.84
19 Tomos HANCOCK 16 Nofio Cymru 4:41.76
20 Andrew HUNTER 16 Berkhamsted 4:42.58
21 Alan BIRCHER 20 Bath Univ 4:43.58
22 Matthew EDWARDS 16 Kings Lynn 4:43.71
23 Max UNDERHAY 15 Portsmouth N 4:44.19
24 James KING 15 Nofio Cymru 4:45.01
25 Liam WARDLEY 16 Co Cambridge 4:45.33
26 John BATES 16 KingstonHull 4:47.44
27 Philip LLOYD 16 Co Aberdeen 4:49.43
— Adrian TURNER 25 Co Salford DQ
— Gareth JONES 18 Nofio Cymru NS

Event 305 Women 200 SC Metre Breaststroke
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Name Age Team Heats Finals
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=== Finals ===

1 Kirsty BALFOUR 18 Co Edinburgh 2:30.68 2:28.38
2 Lauren GREENSHIELDS 17 Co Edinburgh 2:29.85 2:28.67
3 Amy KONOWALIK 16 Nova Cent'n 2:31.29 2:30.29
4 Kate HAYWOOD 15 Lincoln Vulc 2:36.57 2:33.59
5 Jaime KING 25 Bath Univ 2:35.74 2:33.61
6 Laura WOOD 19 Nofio Cymru 2:38.36 2:35.48
7 Michelle KIFF 18 Brentwood 2:37.64 2:36.77
8 Danielle PLACE 15 Co Leeds 2:38.48 2:37.09

=== Heats ===

9 Anna WALKER 20 Co Leeds 2:38.81
10 Sophie CAUL 16 Co Coventry/Nune 2:40.27
11 Nicola CHARLESWORTH 20 Co Cambridge 2:40.38
12 Grace CALLAGHAN 14 Co Coventry/Leam 2:40.50
13 Katie MARTIN 20 Tiverton 2:40.59
14 Julia PRESTON 16 Co Leeds 2:41.86
15 Louise COX 14 Portsmouth N 2:42.40
16 Hannah – May HAWKINS 16 Ferndown 2:44.45
17 Yasmin HOLMES 14 Norwich Peng 2:44.77
18 Rikki JACKSON 16 Portsmouth N 2:45.34
— Laura WHING 14 Durham Aqua/Gate NS
— Louise MEAD 15 Co Newcastle NS

Event 108 Men 100 SC Metre Breaststroke
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Name Age Team Semis Finals
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=== Finals ===

1 Darren MEW 22 Bath Univ 1:01.68 1:00.26
2 Adam WHITEHEAD 22 Co Coventry 1:00.77 1:00.80
3 Ian EDMOND 24 Co Edinburgh 1:02.79 1:00.91
4 Christopher COOK 23 Co Newcastle 1:01.19 1:00.97
5 James GIBSON 22 Loughboro Un 1:01.80 1:01.81
6 M WOLFARTH 19 Bath Univ 1:03.37 1:03.19
7 David BARTLETT 18 Portsmouth N 1:04.31 1:03.68
8 Michael SCOTT 22 Co Cambridge 1:04.00 1:04.23

=== Semi-Finals ===

9 Simon BLYTHIN 20 Loughboro Un 1:04.42
10 Robert LEE 19 StirlingSwim 1:04.44
11 Kristopher GILCHRIST 18 Co Edinburgh 1:04.98
12 Mark BRANCH 15 N Ayrshire 1:05.47
13 Greg HAYNES 21 Loughboro Un 1:05.60
14 David WOOLLASTON 22 Strat Sharks 1:06.23
15 Jack BATES 14 Nova Cent'n/Ilke 1:08.02
16 Daniel LAXTON 15 Nofio Cymru 1:08.18

Event 111 Women 100 SC Metre Freestyle
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Name Age Team Semis Finals
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=== Finals ===

1 Alison SHEPPARD 29 MBS Swim Team 55.22 54.38
2 Karen Pickering 30 Ipswich 55.60 54.93
3 Karen LEGG 24 Ferndown 56.32 55.06
4 Rosalind BRETT 23 Loughboro Un 56.33 55.28
5 Janine BELTON 22 Loughboro Un 56.95 56.78
6 Claire WINDEATT 16 KingstonHull 56.79 56.85
7 Vicky COOK 17 Hatfield 56.97 56.97
8 Samantha MCNEILLY 22 Loughboro Un 56.96 57.31

=== Semi-Finals ===

9 Kathryn EVANS 21 Nova Cent'n 57.11
10 Karla HANCOCKS 22 Co Cardiff 57.39
11 Zoe CRAY 28 Ipswich 57.45
12 Karen NISBET 21 Co Leeds 58.22
13 Julia BECKETT 16 Winch&Hasle/Winc 58.32
14 Julie DOUGLAS 22 Loughboro Un 58.50
15 Selena BURGESS 21 Nova Cent'n 58.56
16 Emma-Kate TAPSELL 16 Bath Univ/Chelte 58.95

Event 104 Women 100 SC Metre Backstroke
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Name Age Team Semis Finals
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=== Finals ===

1 Sarah PRICE 23 Barnet Copt 59.99 1:00.15
2 Melanie MARSHALL 20 Loughboro Un 1:01.44 1:00.73
3 Stephanie PROUD 14 Durham Aqua/Ches 1:02.71 1:02.46
4 Charlotte DALLAS 19 T5 Ldn West 1:03.20 1:02.71
5 Katy SEXTON 20 Portsmouth N 1:02.73 1:02.82
6 Karen LEE 19 Loughboro Un 1:03.53 1:03.36
7 Laura BEECHEY 17 Co Milton K 1:03.95 1:03.84
8 Siobhan WALSH 17 Bath Univ/Tewkes 1:03.75 1:04.16

=== Semi-Finals ===

9 Helen DON-DUCAN 21 Co Coventry 1:04.22
10 Victoria READING 17 Co Milton K 1:04.57
10 Gemma SPOFFORTH 14 Bognor Regis 1:04.57
12 Samantha WILLIAMS 17 Co Coventry 1:05.22
13 Sophie CAUL 16 Co Coventry/Nune 1:05.57
14 Gemma SUTHERLAND 15 Co Aberdeen 1:05.81
15 Izzi NEWMAN 16 Co Coventry 1:07.18
16 Samantha WILSON 15 Lincoln Vulc 1:07.35

Event 106 Men 100 SC Metre Butterfly
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Name Age Team Semis Finals
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=== Finals ===

1 James HICKMAN 26 Co Leeds 52.47 51.74
2 Todd COOPER 19 StirlingSwim 55.63 54.47
3 Mark GRAVES 19 Bath Univ 54.73 55.02
4 David BENNETT 21 Beckenham 55.92 55.20
5 Mark LEWIS 19 StirlingSwim 56.52 56.44
6 Chris JONES 24 Co Edinburgh 56.46 56.46
7 Jason BERESFORD 19 Co Coventry 56.30 56.56
8 Ryan TANCOCK 19 Exeter City 56.83 56.70

=== Semi-Finals ===

5 Matthew BOWE 19 Bath Univ 56.02
10 Edward SINCLAIR 21 Millfield 56.91
11 Andrew MANLEY 25 Loughboro Un 57.09
12 Jon BONE 19 Loughboro Un 57.11
13 Craig HOUSTON 17 StirlingSwim 57.55
14 Matthew EDWARDS 16 Kings Lynn 57.59
15 Tom HARNETT 20 Beckenham 58.08
16 Martin LEEL 17 Co Aberdeen 58.73

Event 302 Women 50 SC Metre Butterfly
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Name Age Team Semis Finals
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=== Finals ===

1 Rosalind BRETT 23 Loughboro Un 27.33 27.56
2 Gemma HOWELLS 17 Nofio Cymru 28.43 28.15
3 Karla HANCOCKS 22 Co Cardiff 27.93 28.29
4 Chloe WINTER 14 Haslemere 28.46 28.35
5 Aimee RAMM 20 Loughboro Un 28.69 28.42
6 Alexa WHITE 23 Crawley 29.05 28.87
6 Julie DOUGLAS 22 Loughboro Un 28.79 28.87
8 Terri DUNNING 17 Co Birm'ham/Chas 28.82 28.94

=== Semi-Finals ===

9 Samantha CALCUTT 18 Kelly Coll 29.63
10 Claire MEAD 15 Co Newcastle 29.66
11 Cari FFLUR- DAVIES 18 Aberystwyth 30.03
12 Claire DUFFY 17 Co Cardiff 30.09
13 Keri – Anne PAYNE 14 Aquabears 30.16
14 Hayley MORRIS 16 Ferndown 30.20
15 Eleanor COMER 18 Norwich Peng 30.29
16 Sian LLOYD 14 Co Cardiff 30.58

Event 301 Men 50 SC Metre Backstroke
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Name Age Team Semis Finals
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=== Finals ===

1 Steve PARRY 25 Co Manch Aq 26.21 25.39
2 Matthew CLAY 19 Bath Univ 26.01 25.45
3 Gregor TAIT 23 Co Edinburgh 25.99 25.53
4 Matthew BOWE 19 Bath Univ 26.28 26.13
5 Liam TANCOCK 17 Exeter City 26.57 26.37
6 Kevin BARTER 22 Co Coventry 26.58 26.41
7 Simon BURNETT 19 Wycombe Dist 26.23 26.73
8 Ian THWAITES 22 Bath Univ 26.54 27.01

=== Semi-Finals ===

9 Nathan OXFORD 19 Nova Cent'n 26.77
10 Gareth REDFERN 22 Co Cardiff 27.23
11 Simon PORTER 19 Loughboro Un 27.44
12 David O'BRIEN 19 Prescot 27.64
13 Ian EDMOND 24 Co Edinburgh 27.65
14 Tom HARNETT 20 Beckenham 27.66
15 Ben HUTCHINSON 15 Crawley 27.68
16 Gordon REEVES 24 Worcester 27.76

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