LEEDS, Britain, March 9. DURING the penultimate day of competition at the British International meet, Ranomi Kromowidjojo once again shined with a sprint freestyle victory ahead of a loaded field.
In another high-profile women's sprint free, The Netherlands' Kromowidjojo topped her 100 free win from yesterday with a speedy 24.56 to capture the women's 50-meter splash-and-dash tonight. That's an epic in-season time, considering her sixth-ranked lifetime best is a 24.05 from the Olympics. Britain's Fran Halsall raced into second with a 24.77, half-a-second back of her eighth-ranked best of 24.11 from the 2009 FINA World Championships. Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen Gray placed third in 25.36, while The Netherlands' Femke Heemskerk (25.42) and USA's Natalie Coughlin (25.47) placed fourth and fifth.
In another stocked finale, Plymouth's Ruta Meilutyte, an Olympic gold medalist for Lithuania this summer, dominated the 100-meter breast with a 1:06.75. The Netherlands' Miniek Nijhuis placed second in 1:08.40, while Bath's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor clinched third in 1:08.42.
Loughboro's Roberto Pavoni cruised to victory in the men's 400-meter IM with a time of 4:19.23. He didn't need the top-end speed he used a year ago at the British Nationals, where he clocked a lifetime best 4:12.43. Sheffield's Matt Johnson touched second in 4:20.96, while Dartes' Max Litchfield turned in a third-place 4:21.44.
Loughboro's Tilly Gray gave her squad a second consecutive victory in the open events as she raced to a 2:10.78 in the women's 200-meter fly. Romford's Elena Sheridan took second in 2:11.01, while Swansea's Alys Thomas clinched third in 2:11.63. Olympian Hannah Miley of Garioch wound up fourth with a 2:11.66.
In a bit of an upset, knowing the pedigree of Liam Tancock as the top British backstroker, Ellesemere's Chris Walker-Hebborn touched out Tancock, 54.80 to 55.00, in the men's 100-meter back. The Netherlands' Bastiaan Lijesen rounded out the top three in 55.27. Plymouth's Ben Proud raced to a 24.10 to win the men's 50-meter fly.
Edinburgh's Michael Jamieson cruised to victory in the men's 200-meter breast with a time of 2:10.43, while Bracknell's Andrew Willis (2:11.42) and Darmstad's Marco Koch (2:11.64) finished second and third. Millfield's James Guy clinched the men's 200-meter free title in 1:8.28. Glasgow's Robert Renwick earned second in 1:48.65, while The Netherlands' Sebastiaan Verschuren earned third in 1:49.42.
In multi-class events for swimmers who are part of the Paralympic movement, Daniel Pepper (SM14) topped the 200-meter IM with a 2:22.18 for his third gold of the meet. Natalie Massey (SM14) won the women's 200-meter IM in 2:38.84, while 12-time Paralympic medalist Matt Walker (S&) topped the 50-meter fly in 33.20.
In age group competition, Millfield's Fraser Minnican captured the men's 18-and-under 400-meter IM finale with a 4:29.49. Blackpool's Shauntelle Austin dominated the women's 16-and-under 200 fly finale with a time of 2:14.68. Aberdeen's Jack Ness posted a 58.29 to win the men's 18-and-under 100 back.
Sundland's Adam Taylor walked away with the men's 18-and-under title in the 100 back with a 57.65, while Leicester's Harriet Cooper touched out Thanet's Katie Latham, 26.24 to 26.34, for the women's 16-and-under 50-meter free crown. Carnegie's Mark Szaranek tied Taylor in the men's 18-and-under 50 fly with matching 25.31s. Portsmouth's William Condron touched just behind with a third-place 25.32.
Salford's Katie Matts touched out Rushmoor's Angharad Eburne by the slimmest of margins, 1:12.15 to 1:12.16, in the women's 16-and-under 100-meter breast. Plymouth's Harry Ackland took down the men's 18-and-under 200-meter breast title with a 2:18.37. Hatfield's Caleb Hughes followed with a 1:52.43 to win the men's 18-and-under 200 free.