Holly Hibbott and Tazmin Pugh put paid to two British Junior short course records at the Stockport Metro November Meet in Stockport.
European Games 800m Freestyle gold medallist Hibbott put paid to the oldest record on the British Junior short course books as she ducked under double Olympic medallist Sarah Hardcastle’s 400m Freestyle marker set way back in 1985 – that's 14 years before Hibbott was even born!
Negative splitting with a 29.69 for her final 50m, the 15-year old touched in 4:08.43 to clock the fastest time from any age group on the day, and beat Hardcastle’s old record by 0.39 seconds.
Hibbott, who turns 16 next month, also collected golds in the 16 Yrs age group for the 200m Free (1:59.22), 800m Free (8:28.68 PB), 100m Fly (1:00.33 PB), and 200m Fly (2:13.00).
While Hibbott won the 16 Yrs 200m Fly title, it was 15-year old Pugh who took the plaudits with victory and a British Junior short course record in the 15 Yrs age group.
The Ellesmere College Titans swimmer, who won three individual bronze medals at this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games, touched home in 2:08.86 to sail 0.99 seconds under Elena Sheridan’s previous record of 2:09.85 from 2011.
The teenager backed up her 200m Fly performance with a haul of medals and PBs at the meet, collecting top honours in the 200m Freestyle, 200m IM and 400m IM and setting PBs over 200m Free (1:59.95), 100m Back (1:00.70) and 200m IM (2:16.27).
Warrington Warriors’ Kathleen Dawson produced one of the top swims of the meet, claiming the scalp of former British champion Lauren Quigley en route, with a 58.89 effort to take the 100 Backstroke crown while Quigley landed the 100m Butterfly title with a PB 59.13.
There were also impressive performances in the women’s events from home swimmer Katie Matts, who won a clean sweep of the breaststroke titles with PBs in all three.
The 17-year old stopped the clock on 31.84 in the 50m Breast, 1:07.33 in the 100m Breast, and 2:23.38 in the 200m Breast – the latter the fastest recorded time in history for a British 17-year old in the short course pool.
Among the top male performers were 13-year old Ellesmere College swimmer Charlie Hutchison, who set PBs of 2:13.15 and 4:38.92 in the 200m and 400m IM respectively, and 18-year old Luke Davies, who clocked a 2:10.22 for victory in the senior 200m Breast.