Sporting Digest: Swimming

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Sue Rolph is the first British swimmer to gain pre-selection for the Sydney Olympics after winning the 100m freestyle at the British Championships in Sheffield. The 21-year-old lowered her own British and Commonwealth record by 0.12sec as she recorded a time of 55.05sec - 0.10sec inside the pre-selection time for next year's Olympics.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Sheffield, Thursday's results) Finals: Men: 50m breaststroke: 1 A Whitehead (Coventry) 28.71sec; 2 D Mew (University of Bath) 29.96; 3 J Gibson (Loughborough University) 29.01. 200m butterfly: 1 J Hickman (Leeds) 1min 57.92sec; 2 S Parry (Stockport Metro) 1:58.84; 3 R Ashcroft (Wigan Wasps) 2:00.60. 200m freestyle: 1 P Palmer (University of Bath) 1:49.14; 2 E Sinclair (Millfield) 1:49.25; 3 G Meadows (Leeds) 1:49.77. 400m medley 1 M Halika (Isr) 4:23.73; 2 S Militis (Portsmouth Northsea) 4:24.49 (national champion); 3 M Racher (Hatfield) 4:26.77. 4 x 100m medley relay: 1 University of Bath 3:51.77; 2 Coventry 3.52.34; 3 Portsmouth Northsea 3.52;89. Women: 50m breaststroke: 1 Z Baker (Sheffield) 31.61; 2 J King (University of Bath) 33.01; 3 E Robinson (University of Bath) 33.14. 200m butterfly: 1 M Pedder (Portsmouth Northsea) 2:12.61; 2 M Loots (SA) 2:12.63; 3 G Lee (Camphill Edwardians) 2:16.04. 200m freestyle 1 K Pickering (Ipswich) 2.00:62; 2 N Baranovskaia (Bela) 2.00;63; 3 K Legg (Ferndown) 2:01.71. 400m medley: 1 Loots 4:48.97; 2 R Corner (Wigan Wasps) 4:49.07; 3 S Nesbit (Portsmouth Northsea) 4:58.53. 4 x 100m medley relay: 1 Univ of Bath 4:21.09; 2 Portsmouth Northsea 4:27.56; 3 Coventry 4:29.11.

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