July 24th 2017
The final couple of days at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games continued over the weekend with some great swims once again from North East Swimmers.
On the penultimate day of the competition, City of Leeds Leah Crisp claimed her first international gold on day three of the competition setting a new personal best time in the 400m Freestyle, making it to the wall in 4:16.26 to claim the title. This was almost two seconds faster than her time set at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis. Leah said: “I felt so good. I had no idea where I was. I just put my head down and went for the wall. It was a good personal best as well so I got two in one with both the gold and the PB.”
City of Sheffield’s Lily Boseley secured a silver medal in the 200m backstroke, this was her third medal of the Games. Although she couldn’t keep pace with South Africa’s Mariella Venter, she was almost two seconds faster than the rest of the field touching in 2:14.79 to claim silver.
City of Leeds, Ciara Schlosshan, seemed confident after her previous bronze in the 400m IM. She and China’s Jing Quah were locked in a battle for the title in the final 50m, and left the field in their wake. Ciara couldn’t quite get the better of her Chinese rival, and touched in just over a tenth of a second behind. She made it to the wall in 1:00.14, just over half a second outside of her British age group record set at the European Juniors in Israel.
On the final day of competition, Team England swimmers ended their Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games campaign with a bang as they secured three gold medals on the final day.
The gold medal rush began in the opening race of the evening. Leah Crisp secured her second gold medal of the competition, winning the women’s 800m Freestyle. Leah was over five seconds faster than the rest of the field, touching in 8:49.94. This was well over three seconds faster than her personal best set at the British Swimming Championships in April. She said: “It was such a tough race in the 800m, it really hurt. But after winning the 400m yesterday and getting a personal best there and another personal best today was a great feeling. I know my strongest part of the race is normally at the back end. Once I led into 400m I knew that I had it in me to win so I just kept going. I think there was a bit of pressure today as the first medal chance but to get the ball rolling I think the atmosphere was amazing but it was a really great to get the win.”
Ciara Schlosshan was once again on form in the final of the women’s 200m Butterfly. Although she missed out on gold on day three to China’s Jing Quah, she was back with a vengeance in this race. She was just under three seconds faster than the rest of the field, claiming the title in 2:10.95. She said: “We’ve done great and in swimming alone we’ve got 21 medals which is the best we have ever done. We’ve brought such a great team out here and we’ve really thrived off each other. For me I think there were three gold medals before I swam tonight and it gave me such a buzz. To hear Jerusalem played three times just before I swam without a doubt helped my performance in the pool.”
Team England secured their third relay medal in the final race of the Games. The quartet of Layla Black, Harry Constantine and Jahrel Murphy and Ciara Schosshan claimed a bronze medal after a solid swim in the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay. They touched in 3:59.33 to complete the podium.
Click here to see full results from the swimming events at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.