The North East region won the 66th English Schools Swimming Association Inter Divisional Championships in Leeds as their girls’ squad won 11 races to fire them to victory.
City of Leeds’ Double World Junior Championship medallist Georgia Coates led the way for the North East as she won the 200m and 400m Individual Medley double with two personal bests in the senior age group.
The 16-year old clocked the fourth fastest time in British history for her age group in the 200m IM, coming home in 2:13.37, while her 4:42.24 in the 400m IM is the quickest time in Great Britain this year.
Newcastle Swim Team’s 14-year old European Youth Olympic medallist Emily Large also landed a pair of golds for the North East, clocking impressive PBs of 1:01.98 and 2:16.80 respectively to capture the 100m and 200m Butterfly double in the intermediate age group.
The North East also had a double champion in the junior age group as City of Leeds swimmer Tia Ward soared to personal bests in the 200m Backstroke and 400m Individual Medley.
The 12-year old, who served notice of her potential with six golds and two silvers at this year’s ASA Summer Nationals, won the 200m Back in 2:18.49 and the 400m IM in 5:01.67.
Doncaster Dartes swimmer Joe Litchfield also bagged double gold for the North East, winning the 100m and 200m Butterfly in the senior age group while Nick Pyle’s PB 58.06 was the fourth fastest short course swim in history by a British 14-year old.
A number of promising young swimmers stood out for the other regions, not least East Region’s Thomas Clare (Team Ipswich), who became the fastest 13-year old in British history with a personal best 2:06.33 effort to win the intermediate age group 200m Backstroke.
Ellesmere College Titans swimmer Tazmin Pugh sealed a double victory for the West Midlands, becoming the second fastest British 15-year old in history with personal best 1:00.28 and 2:10.22 efforts in the 100m and 200m Butterfly respectively.
Pugh’s Ellesmere teammate Freya Anderson also claimed a double for the West Mids, taking victory in the intermediate age group 100m and 200m Breaststroke in personal best 1:09.81 and 2:31.07 times respectively.
Finally Woking’s Hannah Burvill underlined her potential with a freestyle double in the senior age group, the 18-year old clocking an impressive PB 54.64 in the 100m Free and adding the 400m Free title in 4:14.68.