A highly successful week for Hatfield Swimmers at the British Championships

  • April 20, 2015

Coaches  swim team British Swimming Champs

Last day at Champs

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Coaches  swim team British Swimming Champs

 Last day at Champs

Photo courtesy of http://www.op-photography.co.uk 

Twelve Hatfield swimmers had a highly successful week at the British Championships held at the London Aquatic Centre from 14-18 April

Fourteen year old Nathan Hughes had a big programme of events to contend with and responded brilliantly with 10 lifetime best performances from his 12 swims. Racing in the Boys 15/16 years section he took first place in the 1500 Freestyle (16:04.53), second in the 400 IM in a very impressive 4:29.67, and third place in the 200 IM with 2:09.12.  Both individual medley swims are the second fastest ever by a British fourteen year old.

Hughes continued his run of form with further top swims in the 200 Breaststroke (4th, 2:24.39), 400 Freestyle (5th, 4:02.01), 200 Freestyle (11th, 1:56.33), 100 Freestyle (16th, 54.35) and 100 Breaststroke (18th, 1:09.52).

In the Boys 17/18 years category Martyn Walton was in good form, placing second in the 100 Freestyle in 51.03 after setting a lifetime best of 50.79 in the heats.  Third place finishes followed in the 200 Freestyle (1:50.09), 400 Freestyle (3:56.66) and 200 IM (in a new personal best time of 2:03.47).  All four of these swims were inside the consideration time for the European Games in June although Walton faces a tense wait until British selectors announce the full team next week.

Tim Shuttleworth continued his recent rise up the national rankings despite making his first ever appearance at British Championship level.  His best performance came in the 1500 Freestyle where he took third place in the 17/18 age group with a seven second personal best time of 15:45.52.  Further lifetime best swims followed in the 200 IM (6th, 2:07.25), 400 Freestyle (7th, 3:59.28) and 200 Freestyle (19th, 1:55.55).

Another freestyler on the up was Luke Turley, who contested the Boys 15/16 years 50, 100, 200 & 400 Freestyle and set new career best times in all four.  His best finish was an eighth place finish in the final of the 200 Freestyle (1:55.77).  To this he added 15th, 17th and 31st in the 400, 100 and 50 metre events respectively.

In the senior women’s category, Jessica Jackson and Lily West both had successful meets.  Jackson  set a new personal best of 2:02.48 to place 12th overall in the 200 Freestyle and was just outside her best times when finishing 14th in the 100 Freestyle (56.53) and 24th in the 50 Freestyle (26.78).  Meanwhile, West was unlucky not to reach the final in her signature event the 200 Butterfly when setting her best ever heat swim of 2:14.28 to place 12th, and followed this up with a lifetime best in the 400 IM of 4:56.88 to finish a very credible 15th position.  

2014 Commonwealth finalist Katie Armitage was also in action in the senior events after returning from her new training base in America at Florida Gulf  Coast University. Racing in the breaststroke events Armitage placed 11th in the 100 metre event and 17th in the 200 metre distance.

Two of Hatfield’s promising young swimmers gained valuable experience from their first exposure at this level of competition. Harry Constantine set a new personal best of 1:00.14 when just missing the final of the Boys 15/16 years 100 Backstroke and placed 40th in the 50 Freestyle.  In the Girls 13/14 age group Molly Francis swam a great 50 Freestyle best time of 28.53 and finished 15th and 18th in the 200 and 100 metre Breaststroke events respectively.

Elinah Phillip, Luke Hazlehurst and Nico Campbell all had one swim each in the Championship.  Phillip, fresh from racing at the CARIFTA Championships in Barbados placed 25th in the Girls 15/16 years 50 Freestyle, Hazlehurst raced to 13th in the Boys 17/18 years 200 Backstroke, while Campbell, another CARIFTA returnee, finished 11th in the Boys 17/18 years 200 Freestyle.

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Hatfield Young Swimmers and Supporters taking in the atmosphere at BSC15