Lancashire won their 14th consecutive title at the ASA National County Team Championships while Swim Wales West won promotion with the Division Two title in Sheffield.
Having dominated the inter-county event for more than a decade, there was no stopping Lancashire as they surged to another victory, taking top spot on 493 points with Yorkshire second on 447 and Somerset third on 424.
"I think it adds a little bit of pressure being so successful in the past, but it is just a bit of fun," - Lancashire captain Holly Hibbott
While they had only one individual race winner on the day, in the form of Trafford Metro swimmer Jack O’Brien’s PB 1:04.83 in the 14/15 Yrs 100m Breaststroke, Lancashire did their damage in the relays, winning all three age groups of the boys’ medley relays, taking second place in two of the three girls’ age groups and bagging another maximum points haul in the final mixed 6x50m Freestyle Relay.
“It feels great to win our 14th consecutive title,” said Lancashire team captain Holly Hibbott, who won European Games gold for Team GB earlier in 2015. “It was a great team to be part of. Everyone stepped up and swam really well.
“We were pretty confident coming in to the competition, I think we are often seen to be the underdog behind Yorkshire as they have a very strong team, but we always seem to pull it out of the bag. I think it adds a little bit of pressure being so successful in the past, but it is just a bit of fun.”
Having narrowly missed out on promotion from Division Two last year, Swim Wales West made sure of their return to the top flight with victory on 467 points ahead of Swim Wales East, Essex and Nottinghamshire.
Mari Davies handed them the perfect start with maximum points in the 16/17 Yrs 100m Freestyle, falling just 0.48 seconds short of the Welsh record with her PB 55.69 effort.
Lewis Fraser followed up with a double victory in the 14/15 Yrs age group, sealing full points in the 100m Butterfly with a PB 56.91 before another win in the 100m Breaststroke in a PB 1:06.74.
After the first set of relays, Swim Wales West stormed clear at top spot as Ioan Evans set a PB 1:02.08 to win the 12/13 Yrs 100m Backstroke then European Youth Olympic Festival medallist Rebecca Sutton added another 20 points with a PB 57.38 in the 14/15 Yrs 100m Freestyle.
With promotion already secured, victory in the final event of the day – the Mixed 6x50m Freestyle Relay – ensured they stayed ahead of national rivals Swim Wales East and claimed the overall Division Two title.