Lizzie Simmonds completed her hat-trick of titles with double gold on the second night of the inaugural Manchester International Meet.
Having won the 100m Backstroke title on the opening day at Manchester Aquatics Centre, the 24-year old clocked a PB 26.39 for victory in the 50m Back, coming home just 0.04 seconds slower than Georgia Davies’ British record as Davies herself finished second in 26.89.
Less than 15 minutes later, Simmonds was back in the water to claim the 200m Back title, proving in a class of her own as she won in 2:02.14 – nearly six seconds clear of the field in the final.
A handful of British Swimming’s top athletes were on show in Manchester, including double Commonwealth champion Ben Proud, who added the 50m Butterfly crown to his 50m Freestyle title with a 23.21 effort.
European and Commonwealth medallist Molly Renshaw also doubled up at the meet, claiming the 100m Breaststroke crown on Sunday after her victory in the 200m Breast on Saturday.
There was no surprise in the 400m Individual Medley as Hannah Miley collected the title, but the two-time Commonwealth champion was pushed all the way by 16-year old European Games champion Abbie Wood.
Wood – who has switched to train with Kevin Renshaw at Loughborough University this season – slicked more than six seconds off her PB as she clocked 4:32.30 to move into fourth on the British senior rankings while Miley only just managed to hold her off with a 4:31.92 effort.
Another top youngster impressing in Manchester was Plymouth Leander’s Emma England, who set a British junior record with a 25.62 PB for silver behind Manchester’s Rebecca Guy (25.21) in the 50m Freestyle.