Swimming: Hardie sets personal best in national final debut

First published in Swimming

Poole’s Fiona Hardie stormed her 50m butterfly to reach her first-ever senior national final at the British Gas ASA National Championships in Sheffield.

The 18-year-old recorded a PB of 28.42, then she lowered it again to 28.01 in the final to place seventh overall.

She said: “Making the final was amazing and I couldn’t ask for more than two PBs in one day.”

Hardie also swam the 50 and 100m freestyle, coming 14th and 30th respectively in personal best times. Team-mate Naomi Vides came 25th in the 100m breaststroke in 1:14.16.

“It wasn’t fantastic but I expected that as I haven’t tapered for this meet,” she said. “I’m focusing on the National Youth Championships.”

Poole coach Robin Armayan said: “I was particularly happy for Fiona, especially as we have been in tough training for the National Age Group and Youth Championships.”

Former Bournemouth Dolphin Amelia Maughan’s slim hopes of winning a relay place on Britain’s Olympic team ended when she finished seventh in the women’s 100m freestyle final in 56.46 and 13th in the 200m freestyle (2:04.10).

But the 16-year-old should be in the hunt for medals at next week’s European Junior Championships in Antwerp.

Swim Bournemouth’s Martin Bleaken, swimming for Keynsham, came 25th in the men’s 100m butterfly in 57.39.

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