23rd April 2017
Today was the final day of the 2017 British Championships. Once again, swimmers from across the North East swam personal best times, made finals and claimed podium positions.
In the Men’s 50 metres Freestyle, City of Sheffield’s Cameron Brooks-Clarke added another first place finish to his collection winning the Junior final. City of Leeds Ciara Schlossen also added another podium finish to her collection taking third in the Junior Women’s 100 metres Butterfly while team mate Amelia Cylnes took first place in the Target Tokyo final followed by City of Sheffield’s Isobel Grant who came in second.
In the final event of the championships, the Men’s 200 metres freestyle, City of Sheffield’s Elliot Clogg took first place in the Junior final.
The last 6 days have seen some fantastic swimming at the championhips from swimmers in clubs from across the region. Many congratulations to all swimmers who took part and thank you to all their coaches and clubs for supporting them in the build up to and at the competition.
All the footage from the heats and final’s sessions at the championships can be viewed on the British Swimming website: Live Stream and the full results from all sessions at the championships can be found here: Full Results.
Day 5 - 22nd April 2017
Lily Boseley added a first place to her previous second places with a win in the Junior Women’s 50 metres Backstroke final. In the same event, City of Sunderland’s Freya Rayner also added another podium finish to her first place on day 3 with a second place finish in the Target Tokyo final. This was followed by another first place finish for home swimmer Elliot Clogg in the Junior Men’s 50 metres Freestyle final.
Leah Crisp from City of Leeds claimed her second podium finish of the meet with a third in the Junior Women’s 400 metres Freestyle, while in the Target Tokyo final, City of Sheffield’s Isobel Grant took first place while Maya Westlake took second place. Ellie Faulkner was once again on the podium with a Bronze in the same event in the Open final.
British Champion Max Litchfield secured his second gold medal of the championships after coming from behind in the final of the 200 metres Individual Medley. Double Olympic silver medallist Duncan Scott took the race out hard with an excellent Butterfly leg but Max stayed in contention and stormed through the final 50 metres to overtake the field.
The City of Sheffield swimmer swam to a new personal best time of 1:58.10 which is also a contention time for the World Championships. “I’m very happy with that. It’s really promising,” Max said. “I work a lot on my back end but at the end of the day you’ve got to put the start of the race together to be in with a shot. I feel like if I’m somewhere near when I touch on the Breaststroke then I’ve always got a chance in the Freestyle and luckily tonight I was able to pull it back and touch the wall first. I’ve raced well towards the back end of last year and this week so I’m excited. Coming here was all about trying to qualify for Budapest and now the focus is to get back into hard training and I’m massively looking forward to it”.
In the final event of the evening, the Women’s 200 metres Individual Medley, City of Sheffield’s Amy Bell took first place in the Junior final followed by Newcastle Swim Team’s Emily Large who took third place.
Day 4 - 21st April
North East swimmers continued to reach finals and claim podium positions at the forth day of the 2017 British Swimming Championships in Sheffield.
Lily Bosely added a second place in the Junior Women’s 200 metres Backstroke to add to her second she claimed on day 2 in the 100 metres Backstroke while team mate Rosie Rudin fought back through the final 50m of the Open final to take the gold medal with a new personal best time of 2:09.55.
“I’m so shocked right now because I wasn’t expecting that at all,” she said. “This morning I went out a bit fast in the heat so I tried to relax a bit more in the first 100 and come back in the second because I really felt I could back end it. It’s always been in the back of my mind to dip under the 2:10 but to drop that much is just amazing.”
In the Men’s 100 metres Butterfly, City of Sheffield’s Cameron Brooks-Clarke won the Junior final while City of Sunderland’s Adam Taylor won the Target Tokyo final. Sheffield’s Ellie Faulkner was on the podium once again taking bronze in the Women’s Open 100 metres Freestyle which was followed by a second place finish for Derwentside’s Joel O’Halleron in the Target Tokyo Men's 200 metres Breaststroke final.
Day 3 - 20th April 2017
In the opening event of the finals session, City of Leeds claimed two first places in the Women’s 200 metres Butterfly with Ciara Schlosshan winning the Junior final and Amelia Clynes winning the Target Tokyo final. City of Newcastle’s Emily Large followed in the Women’s Open final and claimed her first medal of the meet taking Bronze.
In the Men’s 400 Individual Medley, City of Sunderland’s Zak Logue claimed second place while in the Open Men’s final, City of Sheffield’s Max Litchfield claimed the title in 4.10.63, a new British Record, while his brother Joe also joined him on the podium claiming Bronze.
“I’m very happy with that,” Max Litchfield said on his gold, “I was coming here to try to make that time for Budapest and to dip under that is excellent as it’s a PB too. I missed qualifying for worlds two years ago and that was gutting for me and it was a big kick to come back stronger. I’m really happy to have achieved the time"
“It was amazing to race in my home pool. I could hear them all this morning and I could hear them all again tonight. The noise when I finished and when I got out was fantastic and I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has come to watch.”
In the final events of the evening, City of Sunderland’s Freya Rayner took first in the Women’s Target Tokyo 50 metres Freestyle final while City of Sheffield’s Elliot Clogg took first in the Men’s Junior 100 metres Freestyle final.
Day 2 - 19th April 2017
Newcastle Swim Team's Emily Large claimed her second first place of the championships winning the Junior Women’s 50 metres Butterfly final. In the Men’s 200 metres Butterfly Target Tokyo final, Borough of Kirklees Kyle Chrisholm claimed third while podium finishes were claimed by City of Sheffield swimmers, with Lily Boseley taking second in the Junior Women’s 100 metres Backstroke final and Elliot Clogg who took first in the Junior Men’s 100 metres Backstroke final. In the
Women's 800 metres City of Leed's Leah Crisp was first Junior while in the final event of the evening, her team mate Layla Black claimed first in the Junior Women’s 200 metres Breaststroke final and City of Sheffield’s Amy Bell claimed third.
Day 1 - 18th April 2017
In the Men’s Junior 50 metre Backstroke, City of Sheffield’s Elliot Clogg took third place while in the Men’s Open 50m Backstroke, Newcastle Swim Team's Nicholas Pyle swam a British Age Group record of 26.08 to claim 6th place.
In the Women’s 200 metres Freestyle, City of Sheffield’s Maya Westlake took second in the Target Tokyo final while her team mate Eleanor Faulkner took Gold and the British Championship title in a new personal best time of 1:57.88 after carving out a commanding lead in the final 50m of the race in the Open final.
Eleanor started the race well leading into the first 100m and took the gold ahead of Edinburgh University’s Kathryn Greenslade and Olympic silver medallist Jazz Carlin (National Centre Bath). “It feels great to have won that medal,” she said. “It’s all I’ve dreamt about these last few months. To be on the world stage you need to be faster and faster again. It makes it 1o times better to have your home crowd here. They really pushed me on in the final 50m.”
Eleanor's swim was then followed by a Bronze for team mate Max Litchfield in the Men’s 400 metres Open Freestyle final.
In the Women’s 400 metres Individual Medley, Newcastle Swim Team’s Emily Large took first place in the Junior final followed by City of Sheffield’s Amy Bell who took second. In the Target Tokyo final, Borough of Stockton Swim Scheme’s Niamh McDonagh took second while City of Sheffield’s Amber Keegan took third.
In the concluding event of the evenings finals session, York City’s Harry Devlin took third in the Junior Men’s 100 metres Breaststroke.