MANCHESTER, England, June 28. SOME top names on the Commonwealth Games team got the chance to put in one more racing day in the last morning finals session of the British Gas International. The meet was open to foreigners but only a junior team from Denmark showed up to race some of Britain’s best.
After putting up a 49.41 in yesterday’s prelims, Ben Proud won the men’s open 100 free final with a 49.78. That time almost made him the fastest sprinter on English team for the Commonwealth Games, but Adam Brown’s 49.35 still reigns at the top. Daniel Briggs got to the wall slightly ahead of Calum Jarvis for second place, 50.74 to 50.81.
Roberto Pavoni did swim one of his specialty events, the 200 IM, and posted a 2:01.65 for the win. Pavoini is likely to be a medal contender in the event at the Commonwealth Games, with a 1:59.03 to his credit from British nationals that sits 11th in the world and fourth among Commonwealth swimmers. Denmark’s Daniel Skaaning took second with a 2:02.19 after leading for the first 100 meters. Lewis Coleman was third with a 2:03.48.
Camilla Hattersley posted a 4:14.06 to win the women’s open 400 freestyle, with a 4:17.94 from Denmark’s Julie Lauidsen good enough for second. Shauna Lee placed third with a 4:18.53.
With world record holder Ruta Meilutyte sitting out the women’s open 50 breaststroke, Georgia Evans was able to take the win with a 32.58 over the 32.77 posted by Laura Kinley. Rachael Wilson also broke 33 seconds with a 32.87 for third.
Rachael Kelly, the surprise winner of the women’s 100 fly at British nationals, posted a solid 58.76 for the win today. She just missed out on beating the 58.40 she posted to win at British nationals that has her 18th in the world. Jemma Lowe was right behind for second with a 59.16, while Charlotte Atkinson placed third with a 1:00.32.
Chris Walker-Hebborn won the men’s open 50 backstroke with a 25.56, topping Marco Loughran and his 25.90. Charlie Boldison took third with a 26.00 over the 26.08 posted by world record holder Liam Tancock.
Lauren Quigley took the final individual open event of the meet, posting a 2:10.43 to win the women’s 200 backstroke by four seconds. Jessica Fullalove was second with a 2:14.03 with Denmark’s Sara Bro placing third with a 2:14.15.
Similar to the 400 medley relay from yesterday’s finals, teams were created based on the country swimmers would represent at the Commonwealth Games for the 400 free relay. Only two English teams competed in the women’s heat, with England White winning in a time of 3:43.36 over England White’s 3:43.90. Amy Smith had the notable split, posting a 54.49 in the second leg for the White team. In the men’s relay, England Red got a challenge from Denmark. The English team pulled out a win with a 3:22.71 in spite of Proud’s 50.03 leadoff that was slower than his individual swim.Walker-Hebborn helped England Red win with his 49.86 anchor leg. Denmark was second in 3:22.84, while England White took third with a 3:26.57.
Age group events
Only two ladies competed in the 16-and-under women’s 400 freestyle, and Rose Foden took the win comfortably with a 4:30.07 to Francesca Muir-Harris’ 4:31.85. Only two men competed in the 18-and-under 200 IM final, and after turning five tenths apart after backstroke, Joe Litchfield pulled away from James Brown and won by five seconds with a 2:08.47 to Brown’s 2:13.82.
Sarah Tripp won the 16-and-under women’s 50 breast with a 33.92, as Gemma Kane posted a 34.17 for second and Annabel Guye-Johnson was third with a 34.65.
Martyn Walton won the 18-and-under men’s 100 free by the slimmest of margins, touching in 51.97 to Shaun Muscroft’s 51.98. Jack Smith was third with a 52.32. Isobel Grant dominated the 16-and-under women’s 100 fly with a 1:01.92. Laura Stephens placed second with a 1:03.11 to Anna Newlands’ 1:03.22 for third.
Kunmi Ogunfeibo won the men’s 18-and-under 50 back with a 26.99 to beat out the 27.11 posted by Oliver Smith and the 27.16 by Luke Greenbank.
Rosie Rudin wrapped up the age-group competition with a 2:17.32 to win the 16-and-under women’s 200 backstroke. Robyn Edwards was second with a 2:20.63 and Megan Gibson was third with a 2:23.18.