LEEDS, Britain, March 10. PLENTY of strong in-season swims highlighted the final day of action at the British International meet, including a sterling sprint breast from Lithuanian Olympic gold medalist Ruta Meilutyte.
Plymouth's Meilutyte crushed the women's 50-meter breast with a sizzling time of 30.57. That effort shot her to a 15th-place tie all time in the event with Zoe Baker. Baker posted her time back in 2002 at the Commonwealth Games. The Netherlands' Moniek Nijhuis touched second in 31.33, while Edinburgh's Kathryn Johnstone took third in 31.94.
California's Anthony Ervin rocked a 49.21 to win the men's 100-meter free. That performance came up about a second short of his lifetime best of 48.33 from the 2001 FINA World Championships. Not bad for an in-season international swim. The Netherlands' Sebastiaan Verschuren finished second in 49.47, while Loughboro's Grant Turner wound up third in 50.33.
Swansea's Jazmin Carlin added to her 800 free win from earlier in the meet with a 4:07.14 to prevail in the middle distance event. That's a strong in-season time, just a second-and-a-half off her 29th-ranked lifetime best of 4:05.51 from the 2011 British Nationals. Garioch's Hannah Miley placed second in 4:09.30, while Middlesboro's Aimee Willmott took third in 4:10.54.
Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen Gray dominated the women's 100-meter fly with a 58.99, while Swansea's Alys Thomas took second in 59.62. Bath's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor wound up third in 59.63.
Loughboro's Joe Roebuck led his squad to a 1-2-3 finish in the men's 200-meter IM with a 2:00.04. His training partners Roberto Pavoni (2:00.98) and Adam Harrington (2:02.51) claimed second and third-place honors in the event.
The Netherlands' Bastiaan Lijesen captured the men's 50-meter back title in 25.32, while Loughboro's Liam Tancock touched second in 25.05. Guildford's Marco Loughran wound up third in 25.87. Bath's Elizabeth Simmonds snared the women's 200-meter back title in 2:10.25. Hazel Grove's Lauren Quigley (2:11.20) and The Netherlands' Sharon Van Rouwendaal (2:12.36) earned second and third.
In age group competition, Royal's Alica Dearing claimed the women's 16-and-under 400 free title in 4:18.04. Sheffield's Matt Johnson raced to a 2:04.29 to win the men's 18-and-under 200-meter IM. Salford's Katie Matts earned the women's 16-and-under 50-meter breast crown in 33.09.
Meanwhile, Plymouth's Jack Smith won the men's 18-and-under 100 free in 51.02, while Guildford's Emma Day claimed the women's 16-and-under 100 fly in 1:02.18. Aberdeen's Jack Ness prevailed in the men's 18-and-under 50 back with a time of 26.63. In a close contest, Cockermouth's Lucy McKenzie won the women's 16-and-under 200 back in 2:16.33. Warrender's Megan Briggs (2:16.51) and BEST's Lucy Hope (2:16.65) also posted 2:16s.