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A Darren good display br Wigg.

Swim starlet Darren Wigg of Northumbria University gained a medal at the British University Long Course Championships at Sheffield.

Wigg scooped the bronze medal in the 100 metres butterfly after a poor start by his standards, coming back strongly to finish in 56.45.

A day later Wigg followed this with fifth place in the 200m butterfly in respectable figures of 2-05.95.

Also swimming for Northumbria University for the first time at the nationals were Andrew Mayor and Andrew Thirlwell.

Mayor finished fifth in the individual medley.

He hit a three-second personal best when clocking 2-12.40 for the 200m race and also put up a best time of 4-50.30 for the 400m event.

Thirlwell was eighth in the 100m freestyle with 53.44 and 10th in the 200m freestyle with 1-58.39.

Vicki Beaney from Durham University was just outside the medals in the breaststroke finals, finishing in fourth place each time.

Also contesting all the breaststroke finals for Newcastle University was Sarah Germain.

In the 50m breaststroke Beany was fourth in 35.26 with Germain seventh in 37.70.

Later in the same session Beany was fourth in the 200m race in 2-44.50 with Germain one place behind in 2-53.33.

In the 100m breastroke Beany clocked 1-17.30 for fourth spot with Germain eighth in 1-21.70.

Laura Welford, also from Durham University, shone in the sprint freestyle finals, claiming fifth in the 50m race with 27.58 and sixth in the 100m race in 1-00.13.

Newcastle University had four other finalists.

Louise Gilmer took eighth in the 200m individual medley with 2-34.29 with Danielle Jeiger in the same position in the 400m individual medley with 5-44.87.

Richard Russell was ninth in the 200m breaststroke in 2-38.68 with Linda Strettle 10th in the 400m freestyle in 5-07.05.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 2, 2005
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