British records fall on first day of British Gas Swimming
The first day of the British Gas Swimming Championships 2014 saw two British Records fall as a number of athletes set home nation qualification consideration times.
Millfield’s James Guy swam the 400m Freestyle in 3:45.15 to beat David Davies’ 2009 British Record by 0.09 seconds and claim his first British title.
“I’m absolutely over the moon,” said Guy, whose time was within the England consideration time for this summer’s Commonwealth Games. "I thought the time would be nearer 3:46 or 3:47 seconds, so to post a time of 3:45 is great.
“Training at home has been really important, and my training group is such an inspiration to me. The World Championships last year was a nice boost for my confidence and I’m feeling good now for my 200m Freestyle later this week.”
City of Sheffield’s Nicholas Grainger won silver with a personal best of 3:47.31 while Dan Fogg (British Gas National Centre, Loughborough) took bronze in 3:49.51.
The second British Record of the day came from City of Sunderland swimmer Matthew Wylie who won S9 100m Freestyle gold in 58.69.
Wylie said: “Breaking the British Record in the heats and then again in the final was great. I didn’t expect it but am hoping to swim even faster next week at the British Para-Swimming International Meet.”
In the highly anticipated Men’s 200m Breaststroke, Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson (British Gas National Centre, Bath) took gold with a time of 2:07.79 and cemented his nomination for Scotland.
City of Derby’s Adam Peaty took silver with a personal best of 2:09.40, with British Gas National Centre, Bath swimmer Andrew Willis just behind with 2:09.85. Both were within the consideration times for England.
Jamieson said: “My heat swim last week at the Scottish Nationals was technically really good but it was important to go faster tonight. With just over 100 days to go I’m right where I want to be in terms of preparation for the summer.”
Other athletes to make consideration times for England were British Gas National Centre, Bath swimmer Siobhan-Marie O’Conner and Middlesbrough’s Aimee Willmott.
O’Connor’s gold in the 200m Freestyle was also a personal best with a time of 1:56.59. She said: “It was a great race and I’m really pleased with the time.
“When I came in to this meet I wasn’t sure I would get within the consideration times so I’m really pleased to have done a personal best.
“This year my freestyle has come on. I’ve always had the speed but haven’t been strong enough to hold it together in the field so today has been a great test.”
Willmott took the 400m Individual Medley British title in 4:35.94 with City of Derby’s Danielle Lowe taking silver (4:42.42) and Rosie Rudin from Nova Centurion taking bronze with a personal best of 4:45.33.