19 March 2009

Sprinter James Harrison is the highlight of the day after a record-breaking display earns him a ticket to Prague.

After missing out on qualification in the 50m freestyle earlier in the week, a determined James Harrison set a British Age Group Record of 51.59 in the heats of the 100m freestyle, to qualify in style to swim the 100m freestyle and the 4 x 100m freestyle relay at the European Juniors.

Joining James in Prague will be Hannah Wardle, who clocked a personal best of 2:37.54 in her favourite event, the 200m breaststroke, to qualify in 11th for the semi-finals.

In the semi-final, Hannah then improved her earlier mark by over a second to set a new lifetime best of 2:36.10 qualifying her in 3rd place on the European Junior Squad.

Completing her quest to qualify for European Juniors in all the freestyle events was Emma Graham, as she swam a time of 58.37. Emma was also in action in the finals session, competing in the final of the 800m freestyle where she finished 8th in a time of 8:53.23.

After an up-and-down 2008, Stephen Waterhouse came in to the 1500m freestyle today not knowing what to expect. However, any doubts proved unwarranted as he managed a 10 second improvement on his personal best to clock 16:01.81.

Dipping under a minute for the first time in the 100m freestyle was Lucy Emerson, who finished strongly to clock 59.77.