The British Gas ASANER Youth & Senior Championships held at the Aquatic Centre in Sunderland on 1st & 2nd May 2010.
Kingston swimmers produced some excellent swimming on Day 1 of the North East Regional Championships held at Sunderland Aquatic Centre.
The Mens Open 100 metres freestyle saw good efforts from Meric Inan, Aaron Tomasz and James Rodmell. Tomasz, Matthew Sleight and Rachael Williamson also swam in the longer 800 metres freestyle event. Sleight had to swim his heat out in front from the gun and posted an excellent time of 8.41.72 to secure fantastic gold medal position in the Youth age group as well as being the fastest swimmer overall. Rachael Williamson swam a time of 9.03.06 to gain a bronze medal in the Youth age group.
Rachael Williamson, better known for her excellent freestyle swimming swam a gutsy heat to make the final of the 100 metres butterfly event, producing an excellent 1:04.98 to clinch the fourth position.
Jack Harrison swam a magnificent 100 metres backstroke race to post a time of 1:03.34 to bag his place in the final where he came 7th with Inan and Clark also producing strong swims in the same event. In the womens sprint 50 metres backstroke event, Emily Wright swam a solid final to clinch bronze medal position in the Youth competition.
Clark, Inan and Alex Cook competed in the 200 metres breaststroke event with times of 2.47.15; 2.43.87 and 2.45.56 respectively, while Tom Clark also showed excellent progress in the sprint 50 metres breaststroke event.
Dale Booth and James Rodmell swam the 50 metres butterfly event posting personal best times of 29.25 and 28.88 respectively.
Matthew Sleight and Jack Harrison swam excellent races in the 400 metres individual medley. Both qualified for the final in which Sleight secured a bronze medal position in the Youth competition in a time of 4.48.19.
The Men's 4 x 100 Medley Team of Sleight, Tomasz, Inan and Harrison produced an exciting race with Hull finishing in 9th position. In the Mens 4 x 200 metres freestyle event the same swimmers posted a time of 8.15.85 to finish in overall 5th place.
Day 2 of the Championships was an extremely busy day for Hull's swimmers with these Championships being used push some swimmers to their limits and to see each swimmers reactions to swimming whilst tired from both a hectic training and racing schedule.
Matthew Sleight continued with his good performances from Saturday with a personal best of 2.00.28 for the 200 freestyle, achieving the National Qualifying standard for this event. It will be sooner rather than later that Matthew will break the magic 2.00.00 barrier.
Rachael Williamson had the unenviable task of competing in both the 200 fly and the 400 frontcrawl, with only a 30 minute break between the two swims in the heats. The effects of swimming an equalling personal best of 2.19.79 in the 200 fly final (National Qualifying Time), this time with only a break of 10 minutes, had an expected detrimental effect on her 400 freestyle final swim.
Personal best swims were also achieved by Meric Inan in the 200 Individual Medley of 2.17.86, just 1.29 sec outside of the NQT. Tom Clark showed consistent improvement, achieving a 2.2.sec improvement in his 100 breaststroke of 1.15.20 and Dale Booth achieved a personal best of 27.18 in the 50 freestyle.
You can view the full results by either clicking HERE or by navigating to NER Results page.