Wilson and Hildrew make a splash as Romford duo reach National finals

PUBLISHED: 17:18 28 July 2011

Holly Hildrew

Holly Hildrew


Plenty of personal best for due at event in Sheffield.

Romford’s Mitchell Wilson and Holly Hildrew both reached finals at the five-day ASA National Age Group and Youth Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield last week.

Hildrew had qualified for six events – the 100 metre butterfly, 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley, 200m breaststroke and 200m freestyle – while Wilson had qualified for two events – the 100m and 200m butterfly.

Competing on day one, 11-year-old Hildrew set a new personal best time of two minutes 41.46 minutes in the 200m individual medley to qualify for the final.

Personal best

In the final itself, she finished 10th after setting another personal best of 2.40.31.

On day two, Wilson (also 11) came 13th in his debut performance at national level in the 200m butterfly.

In the 200m breaststroke event, Hildrew set another personal best time in recording 3.01.45.

However, she missed the final by just two tenths of a second and was forced to settle for a place as first reserve.

On day three, Hildrew beat her original qualifying time for the 200m butterfly by almost four seconds to set yet another personal best with 2.42.89, but missed out on the final by just nine hundredths of a second. This placed her as first reserve for the second evening running.

The morning of day four saw Wilson taking two seconds off his personal best in the 100m butterfly, recording 1.15.02 and reaching the final as the eighth fastest qualifier.


In the final, however, Wilson was unable to repeat his heat time, but still secured a creditable ninth place.

On the final day of competition, Hildrew raced in the 400m individual medley while the age-13 girls’ team of Jodi Whitehead, Amy Harris, Sophie Ward and Bethany Moore competed in the 400m medley relay.

In the heats of the 400 individual medley, Hildrew reduced her personal best time by over two and a half seconds to record 5.37.22 and reach the final as the ninth fastest qualifier.

The girls in the 4x100m medley relay did very well in beating their London District time to finish 18th out of 30 competing clubs.

In the afternoon, Hildrew swam a great final in the 400m medley, reducing her heat time by four seconds, but had to settle for ninth.

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