O’Connor completes golden hat-trick

26th June 2014

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor secured her third gold medal on the second morning of finals at the British Gas International Swimming Meet in Manchester. 
The British Gas NTC Bath swimmer added the 200m Freestyle title to the 100m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley titles she won yesterday.
The British champion dominated the race to finish in 1:57.28 ahead of Rebecca Turner (City of Sheffield) in 1:59.24 and Shauna Lee (Plymouth Leander) in 2:00.67.
O’Connor said: “It’s always tough swimming hard in the morning but the time today wasn’t too far away from my personal best time so I’m really happy with that.
“I’ve made a few tweaks in my programme this year and I’m seeing the improvements I wanted to see. We’ll start taper in the next couple of weeks and it will be all about maintaining my health and feeling fresh ahead of the Commonwealth Games.”
Adam Peaty (City of Derby) continued to impress in the Breaststroke by adding the 100m title to the 50m gold he won yesterday. Peaty was 0.06 seconds quicker than his British record pace at the half-way stage before ultimately touching in 1:00.28 to take gold.  
Peaty commented: “I’m really happy with that swim. As a morning final it was a bit of a shake up for my body which I’m not used to, but it puts me in good stead for the Commonwealths. 
“I’ll hopefully go a bit faster than that in the heats in Glasgow. I did feel a bit of fatigue in the last 25m of that race but when I’m rested, hopefully that extra percentage will come.
“I’m getting quite consistent with my 100m now. I was really pleased to swim 59.5 yesterday night in the heats and hopefully I can get the 59.2s more often now.”
British Gas NTC Bath team mates Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis took silver and bronze in 1:01.34 and 1:01.91 respectively.
Hatfield’s Katie Armitage moved through the field to take the 200m Breaststroke title ahead of Danielle Lowe (City of Derby) and Sophie Allen (British Gas NTC Bath). Armitage led the final 50m to finish in a PB 2:31.93 with Lowe touching in 2:32.07 for silver and Allen lowering her PB to 2:32.90 for bronze. 
In the 400m Individual Medley British silver medallist Lowe led from the start to win gold in a time of 4:46.16. Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow) took silver in 4:49.61 and Denmark’s Julie Aglund Lauridsen took bronze in 4:51.98.
British Record holder Ben Proud (Plymouth Leander) maintained his dominance in the 50m Freestyle by winning gold in 22.14. Andrew Weatheritt (British Gas NTC Loughborough) was just outside the 22.47 PB he swam in the heats to finish second in 22.74 and Magnus Jakupsson took Denmark’s second medal of the day touching in 23.28 for bronze. 
In the 100m Backstroke Lizzie Simmonds (British Gas NTC Bath) finished ahead of British Gas NTC Loughborough swimmer Georgia Davies to take gold in 1:01.01. Davies, who took 50m Backstroke gold yesterday, touched in 1:01.69 for silver with City of Manchester’s Jessica Fullalove taking bronze in 1:01.88.
It was a Loughborough one-two as team mates Rachael Kelly and Amy Smith took gold and silver respectively in the 50m Butterfly. Kelly touched in 26.80 with Smith just behind in 26.85. Ellen Thomas (Guildford City) finished just outside her PB in 27.11 to take bronze.
Joseph Roebuck (British Gas NTC Bath) retained his 200m Butterfly title by finishing ahead of Cameron Brodie (University of Stirling) and Bath team mate Matthew Johnson.  Roebuck clocked a 1:58.90 with Brodie touching in 1:59.40 for silver and Johnson in 1:59.70 for bronze.
In the 1500m Freestyle Perth City’s Stephen Milne won gold in a time of 15:19.12 ahead of Jay Lelliott (University of Bath) in 15:23.33. Caleb Hughes took bronze in 15:35.57
Phelipe Rodrigues (S10) took his second title of the competition winning the MC 50m Freestyle. Rodrigues, who yesterday won the MC 100m Freestyle, was 0.04 outside the 23.97 PB he swam in the qualifiers. He touched in 24.01 to give 898 points ahead of Matthew Walker (S7) with 870 points (28.99) and Matthew Wylie with 752 points (27.63).
Sascha Kindred (SM6) added a gold medal in the MC 200m Individual Medley to the MC 100m Freestyle bronze he won yesterday. The City of Hereford swimmer, who has qualified for his sixth IPC European Championships this year, finished in a time of 2:47.11 to give 855 points. Ollie Hynd (SM8) took the silver with 825 points (2:30.26) and Jack Thomas (SM14) took bronze with 819 points (2:21.47).
In the women’s MC 200m Individual Medley, Jessica-Jane Applegate (SM14) took the title in 2:34.06 (936 points) ahead of Chloe Davies (SM14) who finished in 2:34.79 (923 points). Double Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds (SM6) took bronze with a time of 3:11.55 to give 892 points. 
Stephanie Millward (S9) secured her second medal of the competition by winning the MC 50m Freestyle with 894 points (30.15). Hannah Russell (S12) won her second silver medal with 887 points (28.00) and Amy Marren (S9) took bronze with 862 points (30.51). 
The junior athletes continued to impress with a number of fast morning swims. 
Charlie Attwood (Taunton Deane) took almost one second off his qualifying time to win 100m Breaststroke gold in 1:03.05. Joshua Thompson (Carnforth and District Otters) clocked a 1:05.44 PB for silver and Dominic Polling (Brighton) equalled his 1:06.04 PB for bronze.  
Elizabeth Hopkins (Portsmouth Northsea) won the 400 Individual Medley in a season’s best 4:59.18, while Niamh Robinson won 200m Breaststroke gold with a PB 2:35.50. Kevin Wallbank (Derventio Excel) took the 200m Butterfly title in a PB 2:03.34 and Holly Hildrew (Romford Town) won the 50m Butterfly title with a 28.42 PB. 
In the junior Freestyle Darcy Deakin won gold in the 200m in a PB 2:03.95 while Daniel Speers (Millfield School) won the 50m Freestyle in 24.04.
In the 100m Backstroke Eleanor Baldwin (City of Derby) was 0.05 seconds outside her PB to take the gold in 1:04.18. Freya Rayner (City of Sunderland) and Anna Maine (Woking) both lowered their PBs touching in 1:04.64 and 1:04.75 respectively.
In the final races of the session Plymouth Leander won both the men and women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay. In the first of the two competitions the men’s team (Antony James, Jack Smith, Joseph Hulme, Ben Proud) finished in 3:24.17 ahead of City of Manchester A (3:24.54) and University of Stirling (3:25.09). 
Plymouth Leander women (Grace Vertigans, Julie Meynen, Shauna Lee, Ruta Meilutyte) finished in 3:43.72 ahead of City of Manchester A (3:45.97) and City of Sheffield (3:49.38).