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F-Team clean up at English Winter Long Course

19 December 2017

UK F-Team
It was an F-Team 1, 2, 3 in the 400m IM at Winter Champs!

The Funkita F-Team cleaned up at English Winter Long Course Championships, winning plenty of medals of all colours between them.

The women's 400m individual medley was definitely one to watch on day one. It was an F-Team 1,2,3 in the final, with Olympian Aimee Willmott grabbing gold in 4:36.89, Rosie Rudin snagging silver in 4:39.95, just pipping Abbie Wood who swam 4:40.30 to take the bronze! All three girls swam under the Commonwealth Games QT. We've got our fingers crossed you all make it on the plane to Aus!

Aimee and Abbie went head to head again in the 200m individual medley, where Aimee clinched the gold in a time of 2:12.05 and Abbie touched second in 2:12.49. Both girls yet again swam under the Commonwealth Games QT of 2:13.00. Amy Bell wasn't far behind as she finished in a time of 2:16.92 for 7th place.

Aimee also picked up a silver medal in the women's 200m butterfly with Leeds swimmer Ciara Schlosshan closely behind in a time of 2:11.79 to win the bronze medal. Ciara also won the B final of the 50m butterfly in a time of 27.56 and finished 6th in the final of the 100m butterfly.

Pia Murray
Left: Pia sported her APEX Stealth Performance Suit at Champs. Right: Pia Murray mucks about and training.

Junior swimmer Pia Murray had a fantastic week of swimming, taking home a handful of junior medals. After making the A final in the women's 100m butterfly she finished 8th but won junior gold in a time of 1:01.52. She added two silver medals to her haul in the 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke and also won junior bronze in the 50m and 200m backstroke.

Maisie Elliott also had a brilliant week as she finished just behind Pia to win junior bronze in the 100m backstroke in a time of 1:02.10. On day 5 after a busy week she also won a bronze medal in the gruelling 200m butterfly in 2:18.42.

Sprint breaststroke swimmer Imogen Clark charged clear of the field in the women's 50m breaststroke. She won gold in a time of 30.62, a full second ahead of the rest of the field... Superb!

Ellie Faulkner and Amy Bell
Ellie Faulkner and Amy Bell take time out of training to smile for the camera.

Over the week we had plenty of F-Teamers in action in the freestyle events. Ellie Faulkner started the charge as she flew down the pool in the women's 200m freestyle to win gold in a new PB of 1:56.76, just touching out the Canadian guest swimmer. In the 100m freestyle, Ellie won bronze in a time of 54.88 and in the 400m freestyle closed the show with another fantastic swim to win gold in a time of 4:06.90.

Holly Hibbott wasn't far behind in both the 200m freestyle where she clocked a 1:59.24 and the 400m freestyle as she swam a time of 4:07.20, winning silver medals in both.

Leah Crisp
Leah Crisp was over the moon with her first senior medal!

Leah Crisp won her first senior national medal in the 200m freestyle, taking home the bronze medal. She just missed out on the podium finish in the 400m freestyle in 4th, however swam a huge lifetime best of 4:14.53.

Jessica Jackson, despite clocking some fast times finished 5th in the 200m freestyle as well as the 100m freestyle.

Lily Boseley
Lily Boseley was all smiles with a friend at Champs

Lily Boseley, after wanting to race the big guns, got to do just that in the 50m backstroke where in a stacked field finished in a very strong 6th place in 29.39 seconds. She also stepped up to the mark in the 100m backstroke where she swam a PB to finish 7th. Loughborough swimmer Charlotte Evans won gold in the 100m backstroke B final.

Emily Ford finished 2017 on a high, swimming faster at Winter Nationals in an all her swims than the rest of the year. She had a speedy 50m backstroke where she swam a new PB but just missed out on a spot in the senior final.

Molly Renshaw and Emily Ford
Molly Renshaw and Emily Ford strike a pose in Funkita!

After already qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in the summer the pressure was off for Molly Renshaw as she swam an impressive mid-season 200m breaststroke, winning gold in a time of 2:24.71. Abbie Wood was close behind finishing with the silver medal and Bath swimmer Georgia Coates came in 8th.

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