Adam Peaty strengthened his grip at the top of the world rankings with his second sub-27 second 50m Breaststroke swim of the season at the BUCS Championships in Sheffield.
The City of Derby swimmer, whose world record stands at 26.62, stormed to the wall in 26.88 at Ponds Forge, clocking the third fastest time of his career and a season’s best.
Only swimmers at universities are permitted to progress to the finals at the BUCS Championships so Peaty had to settle for his heat swims only, but the 20-year old did return later in the session to set a 2:16.07 in the 200m Breaststroke heats.
Among the athletes who did reach finals, Loughborough’s Rachael Kelly caught the eye as she set a personal best to claim the 100m Butterfly crown.
The 21-year old won the British title in Glasgow last season before finishing fifth in the Commonwealth final for England, and she underlined her potential for further progress this term with a 58.25 effort at Ponds Forge.
Kelly’s teammate Adam Barrett claimed the men’s 100m Fly title in 53.00 while Commonwealth champion Ben Proud made light work of the 50m Freestyle, winning gold in 22.25.
The women’s events had a couple of thrilling sprint finals in the 50m Free and 50m Breaststroke.
Loughborough’s Emma Wilkins clocked 25.72 to take the touch in the 50m Free from Bath swimmer Anna Hopkins’s PB 25.78 while Scottish teammates Kathryn Johnstone (31.87) and Corrie Scott (31.88) were separated by just 0.01 seconds in the 50m Breast.
There was also a winning PB in the final of the women’s 200m Breaststroke as 19-year old Edinburgh University swimmer Olivia White ducked under 2:30 for the first time to take gold in 2:29.20.
Among the guest entries, Lizzie Simmonds looked in sharp form as she led the way in the heats of the 50m Back (28.55) and 200m Back (2:10.57) while Jazz Carlin was fastest over 200m Free (1:59.94) and 800m Free (8:27.58).