2 September 2011

Youth swimmers display outstanding consistency and strength in depth to finish the five day meet as second top team overall.

The 2011 British Gas ASA National Youth Championships were once again a huge success. The team this year showed great strength in depth. More swimmers made semi-finals and finals gaining important points for the team.

The Youth Team finished in 2nd place overall, 3rd in the Boys and 2nd in the Girls categories. Coupled with the results of the National Age Group Championships the City of Leeds were Top Club throughout the age groups 11-18 years of age.

Daily Reports

Day 1 - Wednesday 27th July

The 2011 National Youth Championships started very well. All of the girls competing in the 200m individual medley swam Life Time Best (LTB) or Season Best (SB) performances. Freya Resendez and Anne Bochmann secured their places in the semi finals later in the evening where they both swam faster to book their place in day 2 finals.

The boys 400m freestyle saw two out of the three swimmers competing for Leeds make their way through to the evening finals. Ryan Flannagan and Gareth Mills progressing through while Ross Glegg swam a very dominate heat swim in a SB. Ryan and Gareth converted to finish in 4th position in a LTB whilst Gareth moved up four places to finish 5th in a LTB.

The girls again produced some outstanding morning swims in the 200m butterfly. Four out of the six girls made the evening semi finals two of which in LTB and equal LTB. Anna Cheesbrough equalled her best time in the evening semi-finals, Rebecca Mottershaw made it through to her respective age group final in a LTB, while Danielle Hall-Jackson and Anne Bochmann swam through to their respective age group finals in Day 2.

Matthew Graham progressed through to the semi-finals of the 100m backstroke, swimming a LTB in the semi-final Matthew had a great start to the meet.

The girls 100m freestyle produced fantastic performances Danielle Hall-Jackson swam a SB while Emily Fisher swam LTB, with Anne Bochmann progressing though to the semi-finals that evening where she qualified for her age group final in the second days finals session.

Matthew Graham continued his form in the 200m breaststroke. Matthew went through at 100m in a LTB and finished with an overall LTB progressing through to the evening semi-finals session where he qualified for the final in his respective age category.

Emily Jones qualified for her first ever National semi-final in a LTB in the 200m backstroke.The boys 4 x 100m freestyle team made it through in third position in the finals session and sustained their third place winning the teams first medal of the championships. A great first day with a very busy second days finals session ahead.

Day 2 - Thursday 28th July

Harrison Day started the teams campaign on the second day in the 200m butterfly. With the team behind him and Harrison’s determination and endeavour he swam a LTB which very well deserved. Ryan Flannagan and Gareth Mills progressed through to the semi-finals in the evening finals session and qualified of their respective age groups finals on Day 3. Joe French made it through to the semi-finals of the 17/18 year old age category converting his heat swim.

Claire Cashmore recovered from tonsillitis to compete in the National Championships after her successful European Championships. Making the final of the 50m freestyle finishing in 8th position.

Seven of the City of Leeds girls competed in the 400m freestyle with three progressing through to the evening finals. Anna Cheesbrough, Emily Fisher and Lucy Emerson competed well to swim slightly off their LTB. Nicola Graham swam a LTB while Freya Resendez finished 8th in the 14/15years final. Danielle Hall-Jackson finished 7th in 16/18 years final while Anne Bochmann secured her and the team’s first Gold medal of the championships.

Gareth Mills and Ross Glegg competed strongly in the boys 100m freestyle, Ross progressed through to the 17/18 years semi-final converting his heat performance.

Leeds had six girls compete in the 200m breaststroke, four of them made it through to the evening semi-finals a further three girls made it into their respective age group finals. Hannah Wardle, Freya Resendez, Rebecca Davis and Sophie Taylor all progressed to semi-finals. Hannah, Freya and Sophie made it through to the finals in LTB and SB. Rebecca swam two SB over the course of the heats and semi-finals.

Matthew Graham and Ryan Flannigan continued their fantastic form progressing through to semi-finals of the 200m individual medley and qualifying for the finals in Day 3 all in LTB.

The middle session of the second day allowed the distance swimmers to take the stage. Gareth Mills competing in the 1500m freestyle swam a superbly paced race. Gareth’s opponents swam a body length ahead of him on the first 1000m, however, Gareth had the greater increase in speed at the end of the race and closed the gap to a finger tip finish. Gareth finished second to win his first ever national medal. What’s more, Gareth’s time was good enough to break the scottish age group record previously held for over four years by GB International Robbie Renwick.

In the finals session Freya Resendez finished 8th in the 14/15 years 200m IM just outside her LTB she set in the previous evening’s semi-finals. Anne Bochmann finished 8th in the older age group final. Several finals latter Anne and Danielle competed again in the final of the 200m butterfly. Anne finished third to pick up her second medal of the championships equalling her semi-final performance. Danielle finished in 10th position picking up an extra point for the team.

The heats of the girls 400m freestyle Team relay showed what strength in depth the City of Leeds has by two team’s qualifying for the National championships. The Girls 4 x 100m freestyle A Team finished a very successful second day off finishing 9th in the final collecting a further two points for the team.

Day 3 - Friday 29th July

The girls 200m freestyle was our first event on the third morning of the heats. Emily Fisher started with LTB after her impressive 100m freestyle earlier in the week. Danielle Hall-Jackson and Anne Bochmann progressed through to the semi-finals with Anne progressing on to the 16-18 year old final on day four.

Matthew Graham was just outside his LTB on the 200m backstroke, while Rebecca Mottershaw swam her third LTB of the championships in the 100m butterfly. Anna Cheesbrough swam a LTB in the 100m butterfly progressing through to the evenings semi-finals with Anne Bochmann who equalled her SB.

Claire Cashmore progressed through to the final of the multi class 200m individual medley final. Claire qualified in 9th position. Claire showed her experience at the highest level finishing in 4th position in the final, a very good performance from Claire who had just recovered days earlier from tonsillitis.

The Boys 4 x 200m freestyle team had an outstanding performance. The boys qualified in 8th position for the final, however, the performances from Ryan Flannagan, Joe French, Ross Glegg and Gareth Mills were of the highest standard and all converted the heat swims to finish in 5th position. Another encouraging performance was Gareth Mill’s anchor leg, Gareth recorded the fastest split (1:50.90) out of all of the forty finalists team members.

The middle session of the third day opened the door to our female distance swimmers to stamp their authority. Rebecca Mottershaw opened the City of Leeds’s account with her fourth LTB, Rebecca competing in her first National Youth Championships finished her final swim with seven second LTB, an excellent meet for the youngster. Nicola Graham and Emily Vose followed with a LTB in their 800m’s. Lucy Emerson dropped ten seconds to beat her SB. Danielle Hall-Jackson swam in the final heat against very high calibre opposition. Danielle pulled herself into a strong silver medal position chasing down Jessica Thielman from Newcastle. Danielle fought back to become level going into the last 50m where she touched first to win her first Gold medal of the championships winning the 16/18 year old category two years out of age in a LTB.

In the finals session and the conclusion to the previous evening’s semi-finals, Ryan Flannigan swam a super race to finish 5th in the 15/16 year olds final in another LTB, while Gareth Mill qualifying in 10th position finished in 7th position in a LTB in the 17/18 year old category of the 200m butterfly.

Sophie Taylor and Freya Resendez competed in the final of the girls 14/15 year old 200m breaststroke. Sophie finished in silver medal position in a very closely fought race for the gold medal in another LTB. Freya finished in 5th Position in a LTB performance. Freya so far had been one of our busiest swimmers making semi-finals and finals in the 200m individual medley, 400m freestyle and 200m breaststroke along with several other heat swims. Hannah Wardle was our representative in the older age category finishing 8th in a LTB.

In the Boys 15/16 200m individual medley final we had strong representation once again with Ryan Flannigan and Matthew Graham. Both Ryan and Matthew swam LTB through heats, semi-finals and in the final. Ryan swan himself to being National Champion, his first Gold medal of the championships, while Matthew finished strongly again achieving 7th position and another LTB.

Day 4 - Saturday 30th July

The boys 200m freestyle started day four. Ryan Flannagan, Ross Glegg and Gareth Mills all progressing through to the evening semi-finals in LTB and SB times. All three qualified comfortably for the their respective age group finals.

Claire Cashmore qualified for the multi classification 100m breaststroke final after a comfortable heat swim. Claire finished in 5th position converting her heat time by a large margin.

Ryan Flannagan and Joe French both qualified from heats to semi-finals and onto the final the following evening in day 5 finals session for the 100m butterfly.

Emily Jones equalled her LTB in the 100m backstroke while Rebecca Whaling qualified for the semi-finals. Six girls competed in the 100m breaststroke heats, four of which qualified for the evening semi-finals (Freya Resendez, Hannah Wardle, Avril Kiritschenko, Sophie Taylor). Freya, Sophie and Avril all qualified for the final on Day 5.

Two teams qualified for the Girls 4 x 200m freestyle teams. The second team of Freya Resendez, Nicola Graham, Anna Cheesbrough and Emily Vose all had strong heat swims. The first team qualified for the final in third position and held there positions in the final. Each one of the quartet of Danielle Hall-Jackson, Emily Fisher, Lucy Emerson and Anne Bochmann swam LTB to secure their bronze medals. Again our anchor leg from Anne Bochmann was the fastest split of all the finalist (1:59.72).

Day 5 Sunday 31st July

The sprint events were saved for the final day! Ross Glegg and Avril Kiritschenko progressed through to their respective semi-final. The team were well represented in the girls 400m individual medley. Emily Vose, Nicola Graham and Emily Jones all swam LTB’s. Joanne Simpson swam a LTB and qualified for her first National final finishing in 10th position. Freya Resendez made another finals appearance finishing in 5th position whilst Anne Bochmann swam to a bronze medal from Lane 0. Matthew Graham was the only male swimmer in the boys 400m individual medley where he continued his collection of LTB performances achieving yet another one in his final event of the championships.

The girls and boys relay teams performed well in the 4 x 100m medley teams. The boys missed the final by a small margin as did the girls second team, none the less all of the swimmers gave excellent performances whilst representing the team. The girls first team (Rebecca Whaling, Avril Kiritschenko, Anne Bochmann and Emily Fisher) qualified for the finals finishing in 5th position.

Claire Cashmore finished in 5th position in the multi classification 100m freestyle. Claire had suffered with tonsillitis prior to the championships, she came to the meet with a professional attitude that I hope all swimmers in her company can recognise that is the attitude needed to perform at the very elite level of your sport.

The concluding finals from Day finals did not disappoint. Ross Glegg finished in 10th position in the boys 17/18 years 200m freestyle. In the same race Gareth Mills won his second medal of the championships finishing third in a LTB.

The girls 100m breaststroke finals again concluded on the final day where Leeds were again well represented. Sophie Taylor won a bronze a medal to pick up her second medal of the championships, while Freya Resendez in yet another final finished in 8th position in the same age category. Avril Kiritschenko finished in 6th position in the 16-18 year old age group.

Congratulations to all swimmers on a season’s hard work a fantastic individual and team results.

Top Club Final Standings

Top Overall Club

  1. City of Manchester Aquatics 224
  2. City of Leeds 210

Top Boys Club

  1. Plymouth Leander 130
  2. Warrender Baths SC 114
  3. City of Leeds 91

Top Girls Club

  1. City of Manchester Aquatics 151
  2. City of Leeds 119