Fareham Nomads swimmer Joe Davies recorded a lifetime best to place ninth in the 200m backstroke at the English National Championships.

Davies competed in the 13/14 years age group and recorded a lifetime best of 2.21.11 to qualify fifth for the final of the 200m backstroke, before smashing his personal best time again in the final to place ninth in 2.20.86.

The backstroke specialist also swam well to finish 12th in the 100m backstroke in a time of 1.05.94.

It was the first time Davies competed at the Swim England championships, held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield this summer.

Head coach John Molyneaux said: “Joe should be really proud of how he has progressed this year. It was great to see him improve while gaining racing experience competing against some of the best talent in the country.”

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