Lewis Clough clinched a golden double with a couple of impressive performances at the Derventio February Festival at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.
The City of Salford landed his first title with a 51.36 effort in the 16/17 Yrs final of the 100m Freestyle – the second fastest time of his career to match the effort which landed him National Youth Championship bronze last August.
The 16-year old completed a quickfire double with victory in the 50m Backstroke, touching in 28.54 with London 2012 Olympian Roberto Pavoni taking the 18 Yrs / Over crown in 27.14.
Former Derventio swimmer Molly Renshaw proved too good in the 200m Breaststroke as the European silver medallist took the 17 Yrs / Over title by more than five seconds in 2:28.56.
Meanwhile, City of Derby’s Danielle Lowe - who made her Commonwealth debut for England alongside Renshaw at Glasgow 2014 last summer - was also in good form, winning the 100m Fly and 200m IM double, the former off the back of a PB 1:00.09 in the heats.
There were a number of other impressive performances over the first couple of days in Sheffield.
Derventio’s Abbie Wood may be a National medallist for breaststroke and individual medley, but the 15-year old was showing her versatility in Sheffield as she set a PB 9:07.35 to claim the 800m Freestyle and a PB 1:03.17 for the 100m Butterfly title in the 15/16 Yrs age group.
Wood’s teammate Imogen Clark was also on career best form as she became the second fastest 15-year old Brit in history with a 32.02 to bag the 50m Breaststroke title.
Finally, Katie Rennolds and Tobias Robinson caught the eye with victories in the top age group in Friday’s 800m and 1500m Freestyle respectively.
Burnley Bobcats’ Rennolds dived under nine minutes for the first time as the 16-year old touched in 8:57.23 while 18-year old open water international Robinson showed plenty of promise with a nine-second PB 15:41.70.