DEWSBURY’S Kate Hutchinson declared her British Gas Swimming Championships a job well done after ending the competition in Manchester with 400m individual medley bronze.
Hutchinson bagged 200m breaststroke bronze and was at it again in the final race of the event, as she repeated the trick touching home in 4:55.23 minutes.
European and Commonwealth champion Hannah Miley romped to gold but the 22-year-old Loughborough University swimmer impressed once again as she continues on the path towards a World University Games appearance in Shenzhen, China later this year.
“I was really pleased with it as it was a hard swim. I saw Hannah after the backstroke turn and she was only about five metres ahead so I just kept going,” said the ex-Heckmondwike Grammar student.
“I just beat my PB by ten seconds which has really motivated me. It has been a really busy week but one that I have enjoyed so I am just delighted to have finished it on a high.”
Hutchinson had a busy time opening up her campaign in Manchester in the 200m medley finishing seventh in a competitive final that was again won by the impressive Miley.
And after bringing the curtain down on her hectic schedule, Hutchinson admitted she was glad it was all over.
“I was swimming from day one and the week was surprisingly good. I was really pleased with my 200m breaststroke which I medalled from so that was great,” she added.
“The main aim was just to survive the week really!
“I am back into training for two weeks then we have a break over Easter for a week and a half when I am going to Berlin for a break.
“Then back in training for the World Student Games this year which is my big aim.
“All the qualifying times are on my PBs so it is too far to think about now but come June hopefully I will be there.”
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