The women’s breaststroke events were dominated by Sophie Taylor 12 months ago as the 19-year old romped to a hat-trick of victories over 50m, 100m and 200m Breast.
Taylor went on to become Commonwealth champion later in the summer with a British record in the final at Glasgow 2014.
But while the London Aquatics Centre swimmer will be the one to chase, there is no shortage of talented young swimmers looking to reel her in.
Loughborough’s Molly Renshaw is the perennial bridesmaid over 200m Breaststroke, having won silver for the past four consecutive seasons.
The 18-year old will be expected to push Taylor close in the 200m Breast, having won European silver and Commonwealth bronze last season, as well as taking the British record.
But Renshaw could also challenge in the shorter distance, having set a personal best for bronze 12 months ago and with the pressure off compared to her main event.
While Siobhan-Marie O’Connor made her Olympic debut in the 100m Breaststroke, the teenager has gone on to win international medals in the freestyle, butterfly and individual medley, including a six-medal haul at last year’s Commonwealth Games.
But the 19-year old has included the 100m Breast in her schedule for this year’s Champs, taking place on day four where she will also go for a medal in the 100m Butterfly.
While she did not compete in the event last season, O’Connor finished sixth in 2013 and qualified for the final in 2012 before pulling out to concentrate on the 200m IM on the same night.
Among the numerous young pretenders looking to make an impression, Stockport Metro’s Katie Matts has stood out with her form this season.
The 16-year old set personal bests across all three breaststroke distances in January this season, including an impressive 1:08.53 in the 100m Breast.