Tazmin Pugh impressed to scoop four golds at a star-studded ASA Midland Winter Short Course Championships at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.
The 15-year old Ellesmere College Titans swimmer repeated her feat from this year’s British Summer Championships as she secured a clean sweep of the butterfly distances and added a fourth victory in the 200m Backstroke.
International medallists Molly Renshaw and Jack Burnell were also in action at the Championships as some of the top swimmers from the East and West Midland regions secured their qualification times for December’s ASA National Winter Meet.
Pugh was in scintillating form over the two-day meet, setting PBs for three of her four golds.
A 27.10 effort to land the 50m Fly title also put her top of the British short course historic rankings for her age group while a PB 1:00.25 in the 100m Fly and four-second PB 2:08.54 in the 200m Back saw her move to second fastest and fifth fastest British 15-year old in history for those events.
Renshaw and Imogen Clark – a promising youngster from Renshaw’s old club Derventio – also shone in the women’s events as they landed three golds each.
European and Commonwealth medallist Renshaw ducked under 67 seconds for the first time with a PB 1:06.53 for the 100m Breaststroke title before touching just 0.11 second shy of her English record with a 2:21.28 over 200m Breast in the same session.
The 19-year old also shaved four seconds off her 200m Individual Medley best as she took the title in 2:11.67, finishing nearly six seconds clear of the field in the final.
British Summer Champs medallist Clark took her titles in the 50m Freestyle, 100m Individual Medley and 50m Breaststroke events, becoming the fastest 16-year old in British short course history with her PB 30.66 effort to win the latter.
Ellesmere College’s 14-year old Freya Anderson clinched bronze – one of five medals over the weekend – in the same final, touching in a PB 31.82 to head to the top of the British historic rankings for her age group.
The women’s short backstroke events also saw some notable performances as Ellesmere’s Chloe Golding became just the seventh British 17-year old to swim sub-minute for 100m Backstroke with a PB 59.41 effort before her 15-year old teammate Cassie Wild impressed with a 28.20 in the 50m Back.
The men’s events saw Burnell and Loughborough University training partner Caleb Hughes show their class in the distance freestyle events, picking up the 1500m Freestyle and 400m Freestyle in 14:58.18 and 3:48.74 respectively.
City of Birmingham’s Luke Davies also stood out with a PB 2:10.89 for 200m Breaststroke gold while City of Derby’s Braddan Westlake set lifetime bests of 49.71 and 1:47.26 for victories in the 100m and 200m Freestyle respectively.