Hartlepool swimmer Jemma Lowe fastest again as she reaches British Gas Championship final

FASTEST QUALIFIER: Jemma Lowe
FASTEST QUALIFIER: Jemma Lowe

JEMMA Lowe stayed firmly on course for a place at the World Championships with one of the stand-out performances on day one of the British Gas Championships.

Lowe roared into the women’s 200 metre butterfly final at the the British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield after dominating day one of the World trials.

After topping the charts in the morning heats at Ponds Forge where she clocked a time of two minutes, 10.45 seconds – a full second quicker than her nearest rival – she went even faster tonight in the semi-finals.

The double Olympian was again quickest by some distance, clocking a time of 2:08.79 for the the four lengths of the famous pool.

Essex girl Elena Sheridan (Romford Town) was the second fastst in 2:10.39 with Sophie Allen third seven hundredths of a second further back.

The Hartlepool swimmer will start favourite in Thursday night’s final.

Elsewhere, former European champion Lizzie Simmonds was comfortable as fastest qualifier for the 200m backstroke (2:11.05).

Sophie Allen heads the 100m breaststroke (1:08.57) and Chris Walker-Hebborn leads the way in the men’s 100m backstroke in 53.41 with Liam Tancock fourth.