9 August 2011
Golds from Kiani Campbell Grady and Katy Fisher helped to see Leeds crowned the top age group girls team in the land.
Day 1 – Campbell Grady Takes Gold
The City of Leeds started the 2011 National Age Group Championships in fine fashion with five finals from seven swims and lifetime best performances from Rebakah Birrell (200m individual medley), Eddisson Munoz (100m backstroke) and the Boys 400m freestyle Team of Blake Bennett, Mathieu Ehret, Douglas Walker and Freddy Hoban.
First to take to the water in the finals session was Rebekah Birrell in the Girls 200m individual medley. Rebekah came 4th in a close final with a lifetime best performance, bettering her time from the heats by 2 seconds.
Eddission Munoz went next in the Boys 100m backstroke, competing at his first National Championships, finishing in 10th place in his first ever National final, just outside his time from the heats.
Kiani Campbell Grady and Linda Shaw followed in the Girls 100m freestyle. Kiani produced a lifetime best performance to finish first and win her first national gold medal. Kiani took the lead early in the race and stayed ahead throughout. Linda also produced a lifetime best performance to finish 6th in her first ever national final.
In the last final of the day for the City of Leeds Kiani took to the water again in the Girls 200m backstroke final, finishing third to win her second medal of the evening with another lifetime best performance.
Day 2 – Shaw leads girls to glory
The second day of competition was a busy day for the City of Leeds with sixteen heat swims. The swimmers fought hard to earn six finals places with lifetime best performances from Katherine Fisher (400m freestyle), Blake Bennett, Douglas walker and Freddy Hoban (200m butterfly), Katherine Fisher (100m butterfly) and Blake Bennet and Douglas Walker (200m individual medley).
After the morning heat session the boys entered the pool for the 1500m freestyle with both Blake Bennett and Freddy Hoban producing lifetime best performances. Blake finished in 6th place and Freddy 7th against some tough competition. Douglas Walker also swam in the 1500m event falling just short of his best time.
In a busy finals session Katherine Fisher took to the water first in the Girls 400m freestyle coming 10th, just outside her best. Next up was Freddy Hoban in the boys 200m butterfly. Freddy finished in 7th after a tough race, just outside his time from the heats. Next to swim was Chloe Adams in the girls 200m breaststroke, appearing in her first national final. Chloe delivered a lifetime best performance to finish 7th in a very close race.
Katherine Fisher took to the water in her second final of the evening in the girls 100m butterfly. Katherine finished in 2nd place to win a silver medal, narrowly missing out on the gold in a thrilling finish. Blake Bennett made his first final appearance of the Championships in the boys 200m individual medley finishing 9th just outside his time from the heats.
In the last final of the session the City of Leeds 400m freestyle team of Linda Shaw, Katherine Fisher, Rebekah Birrell and Kiani Campbell Grady finished first to win gold with a solid performance. Linda led the team out before lifetime best swims from Katherine and Rebekah set up Kiani to power home in first place.
Day 3 – Fisher Queen as Campbell Grady doubles up
Day three proved a tough day for the City of Leeds swimmers with five finals from 14 swims with several swimmers missing out on finals by the smallest margins. There were lifetime best performances from Douglas Walker and Freddy Hoban (400m freestyle), Kiani Campbell Grady (200m freestyle), Eddisson Munoz (200m backstroke) and Rebekah Birrell and Katherine Fisher (200m butterfly).
Rebekah Birrell and Katherine Fisher swam in the girls 800m freestyle and despite their best efforts finished just outside the top ten.
Kiani Campbell Grady was the City of Leeds first finalist of the evening in the girls 200m freestyle. Following her gold in the 100m event much was expected and Kiani duly delivered leading for nearly the whole race to win her second national title of the Championships. Eddisson Munoz was next to swim in the boys 200m backstroke final. After qualifying in a lifetime best Eddisson raised his game to steal a place and finish 7th, beating his time from the morning heats.
The City of Leeds had three swimmers in the girls 200m butterfly finals. First to swim was Abigail Burton, another first time finalist competing at her first championships who finished 10th.
Next came Katherine Fisher and Rebekah Birrell in the 200m butterfly. After qualifying fastest the pressure was on Katherine and she didn’t disappoint. Despite being behind for most of the race Katherine produced a scintillating finish to touch out her opponent and win her first national title in a lifetime best performance. Rebekah also produced a fine swim to finish in 6th place.
Day 4 – Shaw leads the girls out again as Campbell-Grady gets three
The City of Leeds fought back on day four with five finals from ten swims. There were lifetime best performances from Kiani Campbell Grady (100m backstroke), James Thompson (100m breaststroke) and Blake Bennett (100m butterfly).
The first finalist for the City of Leeds was Kiani Campbell Grady who went into the final second in the girls 100m backstroke. Kiani led from the start to win her third gold of the championships in a lifetime best performance. Next up was James Thompson in the boys 100m breaststroke who, after a lifetime best in the heats finished 10th just outside his time from the morning.
Next in the water was Chloe Adams in the girls 100m breaststroke. Chloe swam a best time to finish 7th in another close race. Blake Bennett swam next in the boys 100m butterfly final being just touched out to 9th place despite a second lifetime best of the day.
In last final day was the girls 800m freestyle team. Much was expected of the City of Leeds team of Linda Shaw, Katherine Fisher, Rebekah Birrell and Kiani Campbell Grady qualified first and they didn’t fail to deliver. Linda led the girls out with a lifetime best performance which set the tone for Katherine, Rebekah and Kiani to romp home to their second team gold of the Championships.
Day 5 – Munoz makes his mark
The final day of the 2011 National Age Group Championships saw three City of Leeds swimmers making the finals of the 400m individual medleys from six starts and the girls 400m medley team going into the final in second place. The boy’s 400m medley team just missed out on the final. In the heats there were lifetime best performances from Abigail Burton, Rebekah Birrell, Eddisson Munoz, Douglas Walker, Blake Bennet and Freddy Hoban (400m individual medley).
Katherine Fisher and Rebekah Birrell stepped up first in the final session to compete in the girls 400m individual medley final. With the points totals for top girls team close both girls needed to find a performance and they duly delivered. Rebekah swam to a lifetime best time and 6th place and Katherine improved on her time from the heats to find an extra place and finish in 9th.
Next was the turn of the boys and Eddisson Munoz took to the water first. Eddisson put in an outstanding performance to improve significantly on his lifetime best set in the heats and finish in 3rd place to win his first national medal. Douglas Walker went next and produced a lifetime best to finish in 4th place.
City of Leeds last swim of the Championships was the girls 400m medley team of Kiani Campbell-Grady, Chloe Adams, Katy Fisher and Linda Shaw. With only 1 second covering 2nd to 4th place the girls were touched out in the final stages of the race despite a strong last leg from Linda finishing just outside the medals in 4th place.
Despite this disappointment the girls had plenty to cheer about as they were crowned the 2011 National Age Group Girls Teams Champions beating City of Leicester by 7pts.
Well done to everyone involved.
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