There’s little doubt Ben Proud was the star of the ASA National Winter Meet (25m) last weekend and he closed the show with one of the most impressive swims of the meet.
Having already set 50m and 100m Freestyle British records on the opening two days of competition, the 21-year old Plymouth Leander swimmer added a third British record over 50m Butterfly in the morning heats, clocking 22.39.
But it was on the opening leg of the 4x100m Freestyle Relay where Proud shone brightest, setting the fastest short course time in the world this year with a 45.97 effort.
“I am totally surprised with that,” said Proud, who could barely stand up afterwards, having left everything in the pool with his swim.
“I know that the top world rankings are at 46.0 right now so I am really pleased to be in the 45s. After that race, I had absolutely nothing left but that’s the nature of the 100m Freestyle.
“I’m going to take a few days off for Christmas and then I’ll get back into it. I’ve got three months until trials and I am really looking forward to this next chunk of work.”
Aimee Willmott rounded off a successful week as she claimed a fifth medal – and fourth gold – of the competition in the 400m Individual Medley.
The 22-year old was in a class of her own in the final, finishing six seconds clear of World Junior champion Rosie Rudin as she clocked 4:28.26 to Rudin’s PB 4:34.44.
Among the other medallists on the final day in Sheffield were Elizabeth Simmonds, who touched in 2:00.91 over 200m Backstroke to complete the 100m and 200m Back double, and Adam Barrett, who landed 200m Freestyle gold to go with his 100m Fly crown from earlier in the week.