18 March 2009

Strong sec­ond and third days all round as Emma Gra­ham achieves Euro­pean Junior Qual­i­fi­ca­tion in two more events to take her total to four.

Day 2 of the British Gas Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships and Emma Gra­ham car­ried her good form into the 200m freestyle where she swam a per­son­al best time of 2:04.26. This earned her a third indi­vid­ual qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the Euro­pean Junior Championships.

Not con­tent with this, day 3 saw Emma make it 4 out of 4 as she qual­i­fied for the Euro­pean Juniors again, this time in the 800m freestyle. Her time of 8:47.82, a life­time best by near­ly 7 sec­onds, puts her in lane 1 for tomorrow’s final.

Danielle Hall-Jack­son also com­pet­ed in the 800m freestyle, dip­ping under 9 min­utes for the first time to touch home in 8:58.35, mak­ing her the fastest 1994-born swimmer.

back to day 2 and in her first of two swims this week, Han­nah War­dle was unlucky to miss out on qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the Euro­pean Junior Cham­pi­onships in the 100m breast­stroke. How­ev­er, Han­nah kept up the trend of per­son­al bests, clock­ing 1:13.15. Look out for Han­nah in the 200m on Thursday.

Also com­pet­ing in the 100m breast­stroke was Rebec­ca Davis. Rebec­ca, coached by Richard Deni­gan, touched home in 1:16.46 to take over a sec­ond off her pre­vi­ous best time.

Anoth­er swim­mer coached by Richard is 13 year old Lucy Emer­son, who had a busy cou­ple of days, nar­row­ly miss­ing her best times in the 200m and 800m freestyle to fin­ish in 2:08.68 and 9:16.86 respectively.