It was a clean sweep for GB in the Women’s 200m Free final, Manchester-based Tully Kearney (S5) claimed gold in a new British record of 2:44.73 and 997 points.
Her time was also well under the Dublin 2018 European Championships qualifying standard.
Part way through the race Kearney lost her goggles and after collecting her medal explained, “I wasn’t sure what to do when my goggles fell off, but I just pushed on and was happy with how it turned out.
“It was hard to see so I wanted to get my finish right as I didn’t know where the wall was!”
Jessica-Jane Applegate (S14) was returned to the BPSIM 2018 podium, this time to collect the silver medal with a point’s total of 897 and Bethany Firth (S14) took the bronze with 813 points.
Both Applegate and Firth swum times under the European Championships qualifying standard for the S14 classification.
In the National final of the Women’s MC 200m Freestyle, City of Derby swimmer Megan Neave (S14) came out on top to take the win with 545 points.
After topping the rankings in the morning heats session, Tom Hamer (S14) who trains at the British Para-Swimming National Performance Centre in Manchester, returned to the Ponds Forge pool to contend the Men’s MC 200m Freestyle title and successfully defended his title.
Hamer, who took gold in the same event at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, served up a time inside the Dublin 2018 qualification standard of 1:56.98, just over a second off his own World record. Hamer finished with a point’s total of 979.
Tom said: “I feel really happy now I’ve got the qualification time.
“I was panicking a bit this morning when I looked up and saw I was a second off. But I’ve delivered it tonight.
“I’m over the moon that I’ve done it as it’s been difficult mentally and physically coming back after the Commonwealths.
“But I’ve got a passion for this sport and if we get to the Europeans and I get beaten, I get beaten. But I would really like to defend that title in Dublin.”
Silver went to Wai Lok Tang (S14) of Hong Kong with 949 points and the bronze medal was claimed by rising British star Jordan Catchpole (S14) with 2:00.08.
Torfaen Dean swimmer Dylan Broom (S14) was the winner of the Men’s MC 200m Freestyle national final, he stopped the clock at 2:00.43 for 897 points.
Canada’s Aurelie Rivard (S10) and Germany’s Naomi Maike Schnittger (S10) tied on 959 points in the Women’s MC 400m Free and both win gold.
Lisette Bruinsma (S11) of the Netherlands finished with 941 points and claimed the bronze medal. Eleanor Simmonds (S6) was the highest GB finisher with 884 points in fourth place.
Gloucester’s Harriet Dickinson stopped the clock in the National final of the Women’s 400m Freestyle on 5:16.20 and to score 622 points and take the win.
Argentina’s Facundo Jose Arrgeui (S7) was the victor of the Men’s 400m Freestyle final after he notched up a total of 868 points. He was joined on the World Series podium by the S11 swimmer from Japan Uchu Tomita in silver with 857 points and Bas Taken (S10) of the Netherlands scored 854, leaving Sheffield as the bronze medallist.
City of Derby’s Lewis White (S9) was the top-ranked British athlete in the final, he placed fourth overall with 848 points.
Brazil’s S3 swimmer Edenia Garcia achieved the highest points total in the Women’s MC 50m Backstroke of 645 to take the penultimate World Series gold medal of the event.
Tully Kearney (S5) took the water again after claiming gold earlier in the night, this time she clinched the silver medal with 562 points, completing the podium was Mayumi Narita (S5) of Japan, she took bronze with 507 points.
Suzanne Warren (S4) of City of Norwich took the win in the national final of the Women’s 50m backstroke with 469.
In the very last medal race of the night, Brazil’s multi-Paralympic champion Daniel Dias claimed the win in the Men’s MC 50m Backstroke with 916 points ahead of Britain’s Andrew Mullen (S5) who leaves Sheffield the silver medallist.
Mullen’s time of 37.01 is within this summer European Championship qualifying standard.
The bronze medal went to Zsolt Vereckkei (S5) of Hungary after his time earned him 605 points.
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