Catie DeLoof Rattles 50 Free Rankings In 24.74 At BUCS; Katie Shanahan Becomes Fourth Briton All-Time In 200 Back

Catie DeLoof: Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Catie DeLoof Rattles 50 Free Rankings In 24.74 At BUCS; Katie Shanahan Becomes Fourth Briton All-Time In 200 Back

Catie DeLoof scorched to 24.74 in the 50 free to go joint-second in the early-season rankings at the British Universities and Colleges Championships (BUCS) in Sheffield.

Only Abbey Weitzeil has gone quicker this season with 24.70 at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Knoxville last month.

Marie Wattel won the dash in 24.95 in Lausanne on Friday, underlining the quality of DeLoof’s swim at Ponds Forge.

It was part of a golden treble for the Olympic 4×100 free bronze medallist that began with the 50 back which she won in 28.26 ahead of Lauren Cox (28.30) and Kathleen Dawson, the 2021 European silver medallist clocking 28.80.

She then anchored the Loughborough women’s 4×100 free, splitting 53.99 as the quartet clocked 3:41.74.

Katie Shanahan became the fourth-fastest British woman over 200 backstroke when she clocked 2:08.08.

The seven-time European junior champion split 30.38/32.35/32.63/32.72 for a clear win over Honey Osrin (2:12.11).

The 18-year-old won silver at the European Championships in Rome last year in 2:09.26, 0.04 outside what was until Saturday her PB of 2:09.22 from the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

However, she dismantled that at Ponds Forge by 1.14secs to move up to fourth in the British rankings.

Only Gemma Spofforth with her 2009 national record of 2:06.66, Lizzie Simmonds (2:06.79) and Cassie Wild (2:07.74) have gone faster in British waters.

It also propels to second in the Scottish rankings behind Wild.

Madden And Jones Claim 200 Free Victories

MADDEN Paige TOK Tokyo Frog Kings (TOK) ISL International Swimming League 2021 Match 8 day 2 Piscina Felice Scandone Napoli, Naples Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Paige Madden: Photo Courtesy: Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Paige Madden – who won 4×200 silver with the USA at the Tokyo Olympics – enjoyed a clear win in the women’s 200 free, stopping the clock at 1:58.92.

It was the first of two golds for Madden who was also part of  Loughborough’s winning freestyle relay.

Evan Jones won the men’s event in 1:49.50.

Jack McMillan had posted the fastest heat of 1:47.87 in the morning ahead of Olympic silver medallist Duncan Scott (1:48.15).

However, the pair were appearing as guest swimmers and did not contest the final.

Daniel Wiffen was fourth in 1:52.09 to add to his titles in the 1500 on Friday night in 15:02.92 and the 800 on Saturday morning (8:02.49).

Loughborough won the men’s 4×100 relay in 3:21.08.

Scott posted to social media:

Breaststroke Double For Butler

Greg Butler – part of the Mel Marshall group at Loughborough – claimed double gold, winning the 50 breaststroke in 27.77 to Archie Goodburn’s 27.82.

He followed that up with a 2:12.61 victory in the 200br.

Laura Stephens: Courtesy of: Lindsey Wilson Athletics

Laura Stephens – Commonwealth silver medallist in the 200 fly – won the 100.

Stephens and Keanna Macinnes turned neck and neck on 27.77 before the former’s second 50 of 31.09 guided her into the wall in 58.96.

Macinnes was second in 59.06 ahead of her University of Stirling teammate Lucy Grieve (59.16).

Lewis Fraser won the men’s event in 52.94.

Tatiana Belonogoff won the women’s 50br in 30.69 with Kara Hanlon next home in 30.86 before returning to win silver over 200m in 2:30.07 behind winner Lily Booker who clocked 2:25.77.