Medals for SwimEasy’s Smith and McNally in Sheffield
Tuesday marked the start of the British Summer Nationals in Sheffield. The event is the pinnacle of the swimming season for many junior athletes and often a fantastic warm-up event for seniors, leading onto larger international meets.
Day one in the pool saw success for SwimEasy’s Lewis Smith in the 400IM. Going into the competition, Lewis was seeded first and set his hopes high for a medal opportunity. Progressing through to the final in second place, just over a second behind Sheffield’s own Max Litchfield, put Lewis in perfect medal contention for later that evening. Matthew Johnson, from the University of Bath, qualified third fastest for the final, only 0.25s behind Lewis.
Lewis got off to a strong start in the final, with less than half a second separating him, Litchfield and Johnson after the butterfly leg of the race. Heading into the front crawl leg, Lewis snuck up to second position, while Litchfield maintained his lead. Johnson came home strongly at the end of the race to take second place in 4:18:54 and Lewis bringing back the bronze medal in 4:19:62.
SwimEasy Graduate, Craig McNally took to the blocks on day two of the meet with his main event, the 200 backstroke. McNally sailed into the final in second place, with a fairly comfortable heat swim of 2:02:43, just behind Sunderland’s Jonathan Carlisle in 2:01:52.
With more to give and a well-paced race, McNally took gold in the final in a time of 1:58:21, ahead of Carlisle in 2:00:13. Loughborough’s Callum Barrett won the bronze in 2:01:03. In the same evening, our rising star, Benedict Tortolano came in 5th in the Men’s 17/18 Yrs 50 breaststroke. Benedict will shortly be heading out to Samoa for the Commonwealth Youth Games.
On Thursday, young George Clough got us off to a good start in the 16 Yrs group with a silver medal in the 200IM in a time of 2:09:38, just 0.2s from gold. Calum Reid, 19 Yrs/over achieved a personal best time in the 200 butterfly, posting a 2:03:52 to come in 9th in the final. In the same race, Lewis Smith narrowly missed bronze, in a time of 2:00:28. Amongst other personal best times, fourteen year old Roisin Ramsay made the final of the 200 backstroke.
Later that evening, George made SwimEasy proud again by winning silver in a strong performance of 1:06:07 in the 100 breaststroke and Benedict came in 7th in the 17/18 yrs age group for the same event.
George rounded up our competition and proudly took to the podium again, this time for the 200 breaststroke in a second place, posting a time of 2:21:89.