While Molly Renshaw may be known for her performances in the 200m Breaststroke, it came as no surprise when the in-form 19-year old took down the 100m Breast British record on day three of the ASA National Winter Meet (25m) 2015.
Renshaw has been in the form of her life in recent weeks, producing one of the performances of the week in Sheffield as she smashed two seconds off the old GB short course 200m Breaststroke record with a 2:18.44 swim.
Her split in the 200m Breast final – 1:06.29 – would have been a PB for the 100m.
But when taken out by 16-year old 50m Breast champion Imogen Clark in the 100m Breast final, Renshaw had no problems ducking under 66 seconds, eventually touching in a British record 1:05.22.
“I am actually really surprised after that swim,” said Renshaw. “I wanted to go under 65 seconds but I’m not really suited to sprinting and I’m really pleased with that.
“Having Imogen Clark next to me was a good pacing tool especially for the first half where I knew she would go out really fast. I just tried to stay with her in the beginning, and then really push hard over the last 50m.”
Renshaw’s Loughborough teammate Georgia Davies was also in record-breaking form as she surged to a British record for gold in the 50m Backstroke.
The Commonwealth champion beat her previous record of 26.35 as she posted a time of 26.24 in the final.
“I’m really pleased,” said Davies. “Coming into this competition, I knew my training had gone really well so I thought that maybe I could swim some good times but I didn’t really have my eye on breaking the record until my heat this morning.
“It was quite comfortable and really controlled so I thought I had a bit more to give.”
There were also impressive individual performances from Jay Lelliott and Aimee Willmott on day three.
University of Bath swimmer Lelliott broke an English record which was set when he was just 10 months old as he took gold in the 1500m Freestyle!
The 20-year old took the touch in 14:36.49 while silver medallist Tobias Robinson also went faster than the old national marker in 14:39.48.
Meanwhile, Willmott won her fourth medal of the Meet with gold in the 400m Freestyle, posting a season’s best 4:02.34.