City of Salford’s Lewis Clough exerted his regional dominance to secure six golds at the North West Region Winter Championships in Liverpool.
The 17-year old sprinter, who won three medals at the British Summer Championships earlier this year, was untouchable in his favourite 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle and 50m and 100m Butterfly events while he also added the 50m Back crown to his collection.
And Clough secured his sweep with a series of lifetime bests, clocking five PBs including a 1:48.66 effort over 200m Freestyle to become the eighth fastest British 17-year old in the short course pool.
The Salford swimmer also became the fifth fastest in history for his age group with his 53.86 PB in the 100m Fly, while he touched in 26.08 (after a PB 26.06 in the heats) and 24.77 (after a PB 24.69 in the heats) for victories in the 50m Back and 50m Fly respectively.
In the women’s senior events, City of Manchester Aquatics’ Emma Smithurst and Preston’s Kathryn Greenslade both claimed four golds, the latter with three PBs.
Smithurst took gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m Fly as well as the 200m IM while Greenslade swept to victories in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m Freestyle, clocking PBs of 56.53, 4:12.66 and 8:41.88 in the 100m, 400m and 800m respectively.
There were also some outstanding junior performances in Liverpool, not least from City of Liverpool’s Athena Clayson, who was the fastest overall swimmer in all three distances of backstroke as well as winning the junior 100m Freestyle crown.
The 14-year old, who competed for Team GB at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi this year, set PBs of 29.88 and 1:01.97 for victories in the 50m and 100m Back respectively and a final time of 2:17.63 after a PB 2:14.22 in the heats for gold in the 200m Back.
There were also two junior swimmers out-performing the senior field in the boys' events.
Wirral Metro’s 16-year old Jack Shillinglaw had more than four seconds in hand on the rest of the field in the 200m Backstroke as he won the junior title in 2:05.29 after a PB 2:05.13 heat, while 15-year old Preston swimmer Kenan Yeung was the fastest 100m Breaststroke swimmer of the day, courtesy of a PB 1:06.19 effort.