Carlin Concludes Meet with Third Gold
Jazmin Carlin concluded her return to world class swimming taking the title in the 400m Freestyle in a new Welsh record, and in doing so meeting the qualification time at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield.
Having already taken the titles in the 800m and 1500m Freestyle events earlier in the week, the Commonwealth silver medallist was in clear water to touch in 4.04.25.
Silver went to City of Sheffield’s Ellie Faulkner with Middlesbrough’s Aimee Willmott in third in 4.09.07 and 4.09.90 respectively.
“It’s been an incredible week, I’m really happy,” said Carlin.
“The aim was to qualify in the events I wanted to and I got those times.
“I’ll go back with my coach (Bud McAllister) and see what my focus will be. Doing the distance double is hard.”
Daniel Fogg swam under the qualification standard to claim a comfortable victory in the 1500m Freestyle.
Fogg, who has already swum under the required time for the 400m and 800m Freestyle events, looked strong throughout the 30-length race.
He took the gold in 15.01.74 with team mate Jack Burnell taking silver in 15.16.12. Stephen Milne (Perth City) was third, touching in 15.16.19
“The way the rest of the week has gone, I thought I might have PBed tonight,” said Fogg.
“It was a difficult race but it has been a good week.
“I’ll sit down with my coach to look at which events I will focus on”
Fogg has already been selected as part of the Open Water team for the World Championships.
The British Record fell in the 100m Breaststroke final, one of the closest finals of the week.
With nothing between the top three at the turn, Ross Murdoch eventually came through to win on the touch in a new Scottish Record, 59.80.
Michael Jamieson (Bath ITC) out touched Adam Peaty (City of Derby) for silver in 1.00.06, under the qualification time for Barcelona. Peaty touched in 1.00.11.
“I’ve changed programme this year to join Stirling ITC,” said Murdoch. “I have worked really hard and my aim was to break 60 seconds and I did.
“I had a slow start but I have PBed in every long course meet this year so I’m glad I came here and swim quickly.”
Warrender’s Craig McNally swam to a life time best to win the 200m Backstroke - his first British Gas Swimming Championships gold in a new Scottish record.
The Scot swam was over two seconds under his previous best time to take the win in 1.56.36 under the qualification time for Barcelona and beating Gregor Tait’s previous Scottish mark of 1.56.67.
Bath ITC’s Chris Walker-Hebborn out touched Stockport Metro’s James Goddard to take silver in 1.57.20, also dipping under the selection standard with Goddard third in 1.57.23.
“I was hoping for a fast time, I know it has been coming for a while,” said McNally.
“I wanted to come back strongly as I usually do.”
The new British record holder for the 50m Freestyle, Hatfield’s Adam Brown, added the 100m gold to his tally this week.
Brown faced tough opposition in Plymouth youngster Ben Proud and Glasgow’s Robbie Renwick but pulled clear to get the gold in 48.67, under the qualifying mark for the World Championships.
Renwick won silver in 49.17 with Proud this touching in 49.48.
“It has given me a lot of confidence this week,” said Brown. “I knew I had good front speed and have been working on my back end so I just wanted to put it all together.”
Stacey Tadd and Molly Renshaw battled for the gold in the 200m Breaststroke title with both swimmers just outside the qualifying standard for Barcelona, coming in first and second respectively.
Tadd took the touch to win 2.27.52 with Renshaw in silver in 2.27.71.
Third place went to Sophie Taylor (City of Leeds) who took the bronze in 2.28.82.
“I just wanted to go in there and give it my all tonight,” said Tadd. “That hurt a lot. I need to go back now and do more hard training.”
Francesca Halsall took two gold medals in the 100m Freestyle, then the 50m Butterfly.
She took the 50m Butterfly title within the qualifying mark in 25.91 but narrowly missed the 100m time.
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor claimed the silver in a new personal best of 26.83 with Loughborough University’s Emma Wilkins in third in 26.84.
Halsall took the 100m Freestyle title in 54.82, just shy of the qualification time for Barcelona. City of Manchester’s Jessica Lloyd took silver in 55.30 with City of Sheffield’s Rebecca Turner in third in 55.59.
“It’s been good overall, I came here wanting to get the qualifying times so I can go home happy,” said Halsall.
“I need to do some more work on my 100m Freestyle I think.”
Roberto Pavoni added the 400m IM gold to the 200m IM he won last night.
Pavoni took the early lead but faced Dan Wallace of Warrender who came back strongly in the breaststroke.
Pavoni though pulled away on for the freestyle leg to take the win in 4.13.67.
Wallace touched in 4.15.22 – within the qualifying standard with Swim Swansea’s Lewis Smith taking bronze in 4.15.51.
“I was feeling good after last night getting my PB in the 200m IM,” said Pavoni. “There are some good youngsters Dan Wallace, Lewis Smith and Matthew Johnson who pushed me all the way there.
“I’m happy to be ranked within the top 12 in the world, it’s a good place to be ahead of the World Championships.”
Swansea ITC’s Georgia Davies retained her 50m Backstroke title to win the gold in 29.97, just 0.01 seconds outside of her lifetime best.
Davies out touched Stockport Metro’s Lauren Quigley who took silver in 28.16 – ducking under the criteria for Barcelona.
Jessica Fullalove (City of Manchester) in third in 28.82.
“I tried to progress each round,” said Davies. “I wanted to go quicker each round and hopefully get on the team for Barcelona.”
Finally, Michael Rock sprinted to gold in the 100m Butterfly final taking gold in 51.97 – under the mark for Barcelona.
Thomas Laxton of Loughborough University touched in 52.40 with his team mate Adam Barrett taking bronze in 52.56.
Reflecting on the week British Swimming Head Coach Bill Furniss said “I think it’s about what I expected.
“There have been some highs and there have been some lows.
“The selection policy was challenging and a lot of swimmers have found it difficult to handle. In the past it has been a case of if you made the time, you made the team whereas now if you
have the time, you have consideration for selection onto the team.
“That one change alone has made it a more uncomfortable week which I think is a good thing.
“There’s still work to do, we are still not where we need to be and the challenge will be Barcelona.
“It will be difficult. I expect it to be difficult and the challenge now is to see if we can maintain and also if we can improve in certain events.