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World records tumble at National Para Swimming Champs

World records tumble at National Para Swimming Champs
Ellie Robinson in action

Ellie Robinson, Jessica-Jane Applegate and Jonathan Fox were among the GB swimmers to set new world records on a remarkable weekend at the National Para Swimming Championships in Manchester. 

In total, 14 world and 22 European records were broken during the two days of competition with Robinson leading the charge with three new short course world times in the S6 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

The 16-year-old broke her first record on Saturday in the 100m freestyle, knocking just over two seconds off GB team-mate Eleanor Simmond’s previous record as she clocked a time of 1.15.12, following up with 34.22 in the 50m freestyle and 35.99 in the 50m butterfly.

“Last year was all about school and GCSEs, but this year I’ve been able to concentrate on swimming, so I am really pleased with my racing," said Robinson.

“It’s really nice to see a lot more S6 swimmers. If I can inspire at least one into the sport, then I’ll be really happy. It’s funny to think that some of the swimmers look up to me like I did with Ellie (Simmonds) and it’s quite humbling.”

One of those upcoming stars is 15-year-old Maisie Summers-Newton, Robinson’s club team-mate at Northampton.

Summers-Newton was another of the world record breakers in the SB6 100m Breaststroke, recording a time of 1.34.90.

Applegate set three new world records in the S14 class, in the 100m freestyle (57.86), 100m butterfly (1:05:02) and 200m freestyle (2:03:71) events.

In the 100m breaststroke heats, Rebecca Redfern (SB13) and Louise Fiddes (SB14) touched for new world times in 1:14:80 and 1:15:11 respectively.

Gold, silver and two bronze Paralympic medallists lined up in the 100m Backstroke heat. Over short course, they did not disappoint with two World records for S13 swimmer Abby Kane (Ren 96), 1:09:59, and S9 swimmer Alice Tai (Bournemouth Collegiate), 1:07:37.

Tom Hamer claimed his world mark in the S14 100m Freestyle, in 52.08. 

“I’m pretty happy with my races and the meet’s gone really well - especially the world time. Next year it’s the Commonwealth Games and the Europeans in Ireland, so training is looking good for that too," said Hamer.

“I now have two weeks off for Christmas; I’m going on holiday so it will be great to have a break and come back rested for the big year ahead.”

Conner Morrison had a superb swim in SB14 breaststroke, touching in 1:05.74 for a new world record, while Jonathan Fox showed form in the 100m Backstroke, where he broke the S7 world record in 1:07:99.