Bethany Firth and Scott Quin ensured the British flag flew high on the opening day of the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow.
Paralympic champion Firth is preparing for her first season competing for Great Britain, having switched from the Irish federation at the end of the 2013 season.
I’m really happy with this morning’s swim and I was quite shocked to have got that because I’m not really a breaststroke swimmer.
And the 19-year old showed she is in the form of her life, setting an SB14 world record 1:14.40 in the heats of the MC 100m Breaststroke before easing to gold in the final in 1:15.04.
Firth, who was more than two seconds under the selection time for this summer’s IPC Swimming World Championships, admitted it was the perfect start to her meet.
“I’m really happy with this morning’s swim and I was quite shocked to have got that because it is breaststroke and I’m not really a breaststroke swimmer but it just shows that my hard training and work have been paying off,” said Firth.
“I would have liked to have gone a wee bit faster this evening but it was still a faster than my old PB.”
Edinburgh-based Quin was one of the most popular winners of the night as he claimed victory in the men’s 100m Breaststroke.
The 24-year old, who won European silver last year in the SB14 classification, lowered his own British record to 1:07.45 in the heats before claiming gold in 1:07.53.
There were British bronze medallists in both MC 100m Breaststroke finals with SB6 Paralympic silver medallist Charlotte Henshaw (1:40.85) joining Firth on the podium and SB14 swimmer Aaron Moores setting a 1:09.57 PB in the men’s final.
Hannah Russell also set a British record as she claimed silver in the 100m Freestyle final.
The 18-year old S12 swimmer, who trains at the National Performance Centre in Manchester, was agonisingly close to breaking the minute mark as she touched in a new S12 marker of 1:00.01 with Ellie Simmonds (S6) joining her on the podium with bronze in 1:16.66.
Lyndon Longhorne (S3) set a British record 1:00.63 for 50m Breaststroke silver while Josef Craig (S8) was fifth in the men’s 100m Freestyle final in a British record 1:00.27.
There were also 100m Freestyle British records for S9 swimmer Matthew Wylie (58.44) and S14 swimmer Jack Thomas (55.54).