Richard Spoor and Calum Tait starred in a thrilling 200m Breaststroke final as the 2015 Derventio eXcel February Festival came to a close at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.
Edinburgh University’s Tait – who finished fifth for Scotland at last year’s Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – was narrowly ahead of Loughborough University swimmer Spoor through the 100m and 150m turns of the 18 Yrs / Over final
But a well-timed surge from 22-year old Spoor saw him take the lead in the final length before touching in a season’s best 2:15.23 to Tait’s 2:15.55.
Spoor’s Loughborough teammate Charlotte Evans also put in a standout performance to take the 17 Yrs / Over 200m Backstroke crown.
The 17-year old was more than four seconds clear of the field as she took the touch in a PB 2:12.51 – slicing 1.5 seconds off her previous best which won her silver at last year’s ASA National Youth Championships.
City of Derby’s 15-year old Eleanor Baldwin finished seventh in that same final last summer and also set a PB as she claimed the 15/16 Yrs title in 2:15.73.
City of Salford’s Lewis Clough added to his double gold from the second day in Sheffield to claim another brace of titles, taking the 16/17 Yrs 100m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle, setting a PB 23.95 in the heats of the latter.
Preston’s Andrew Davison also grabbed a pair of golds in the same age group, winning the 50m and 200m Breaststroke titles and setting a PB 30.57 in the heats of the former.
Amongst the younger age groups, Nathan Hughes took his gold medal tally up to eight with a magnificent five on the final day.
The Hatfield swimmer became the second fastest British 14-year old in history with his PB 4:34.29 effort over 400m Individual Medley, before adding further victories in the 50m Breaststroke (PB 32.06), 200m Freestyle (1:57.86), 200m Breaststroke (2:28.41) and 50m Freestyle (PB 25.51).