European 400m Freestyle bronze medallist Jay Lelliott helped himself to four gold medals at the ASA South West Winter Championships at Millfield.
The 20-year old University of Bath student claimed the 200m, 400m and 1500m Freestyle hat-trick before adding the 200m Butterfly crown in the final session of the short course meet in Somerset.
Lelliott comfortably beat the 15 minute marker for his 1500m Free heat, coming home in 14:54.61, before efforts of 1:47.98 and 3:46.79 for the 200m and 400 Free respectively, and a 1:56.79 for the touch in the 200m Fly.
Millfield’s Tristan Slater also bagged a hat-trick of titles over the weekend with victories in the 100m and 200m Individual Medley, and the 100m Butterfly.
The 22-year old, who won senior 200m IM silver at this year’s British Summer Champs, set PBs for all three golds in Somerset, touching in 1:57.59 for the 200m IM title before efforts of 54.81 and 53.19 for the 100m IM and 100m Fly crowns respectively.
The Netherlands’ double World Short Course bronze medallist Moniek Nijhuis was the star name in the women’s field, comfortably landing the 50m and 100m Breast double in 30.45 and 1:05.62.
There were plenty of English women impressing as well, not least 13-year old Rachel Anderson, who underlined her talent with a 4:19.46 PB to win the 400m Freestyle title.
Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens secured the most golds in the women’s events with four victories at the meet.
The 16-year old, who won 100m Butterfly bronze at this year’s European Games in Baku, set PBs of 1:00.07 and 2:12.55 on the way to victory in the 100m and 200m Fly before competing her clean sweep of the butterfly events with a 27.84 effort (after a 27.79 heat) in the 50m Fly.
Stephens’ fourth title came over 200m Backstroke, courtesy of a PB 2:11.71 effort in the final.
Among the other impressive performances in Millfield were Plymouth’s Jessica Jackson, who won the 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle hat-trick, and 15-year old Yeovil swimmer Kayleigh Parker, who sealed the 200m and 400m Individual Medley double.