Gold for Jervis and Wylie at European Junior Swimming Champs

10th July 2014

Daniel Jervis and Matthew Wylie won gold on the second day of the LEN European Junior Swimming Championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands.

In a close 1500m Freestyle race 18-year old Jervis finished 0.12 seconds ahead of Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Romanchuk to win the title in 15:07.12.

The Swansea swimmer took over nine seconds off the personal best he set at the British Gas Swimming Championships in April to secure the gold.

A thrilled Jervis said: “I'm so happy to have won. I've achieved exactly what I set out to do at this meet."

Romanchuk finished in 15:07.24 for silver and Henrik Christiansen (Norway) was third in 15:09.48.  

In the first race of the session Matt Wylie (S9, City of Sunderland) led a British top three as he took gold in the MC 100m Freestyle in a time of 59.92 for 786 points.

Wylie said: “I was really happy with my performance. It was fantastic competing against some of Europe's best junior athletes and to come away with a gold medal is an added bonus.”

Ryan Nicholls (S14, Redbridge) secured silver by clocking 59.27 for 765 points and Craig Harris (SM14, Corsham) took bronze with a time of 1:00.12 to give 733 points.

In the MC 100m Breaststroke Katie Nesbitt (SB14) added a bronze medal to the gold she won yesterday by touching the wall in a 1:26.22 PB for 415 points.

The top two spots went to Dutch swimmers Chantalle Zijderveld (SB9), who took the gold with 517 points (1:20.17), and Lisa Kruger (SB9) who won silver with 429 points (1:25.31). 13-year old Megan Richter (SB9) finished eighth in 1:44.12 for 236 points.

In the 200m Butterfly Amelia Clynes (City of Leeds) won bronze and set a new British Age Group record (14 Yrs) with a time of 2:11.46. Isobel Grant (City of Sheffield) finished fourth in a personal best 2:12.57.

Luke Greenbank (Cockermouth) and Joseph Hulme (Plymouth Leander) both posted personal best times in the 100m Backstroke as they finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Greenbank clocked 55.76 to set a new British Age Group record (16 Yrs) while Hulme was 0.01 seconds outside the 17 Yrs British Age Group record set by Chris Walker-Hebborn in 55.62. The title went to Apostolos Christou (Greece) who lowered the World Junior Record time he set in qualifying to finish in 54.03.

In the 200m Backstroke Brittany Horton (City of Birmingham) finished just outside the medals in fourth place. The 15-year old touched the wall in a personal best time of 2:13.56 behind third placed Irina Prikhodko (Russia) in 2:12.42.

Holly Hibbott (Southport) posted a personal best 4:15.87 to finish fifth in the 400m Freestyle, and Mari Davies (Swim Gwynedd) also finished fifth in the 100m Freestyle with a 56.68 PB.
In the mixed 4x100m Freestyle relay the GBR team took three seconds off their qualifying time to finish fifth in 3:34.52.

The team of Martyn Walton (51.17), Georgina Boyle (57.09), Mari Davies (56.39) and Miles Munro (49.87) fought back from eighth place to finish less than a second behind third place Netherland in 3:33.83.

Elsewhere, Duncan Scott (F.I.R.S.T) led the field to qualify top in the 200m Individual Medley final. The 17-year old swam a 2:02.66 PB to book lane four in tomorrow’s final.

And in the 200m Breaststroke Emma Cain (Millfield) posted a 2:29.29 PB and Abbie Wood (Derventio Excel) clocked a 2:29.38 PB to finish in third and fourth respectively and qualify for the final.