Tazmin Pugh was the star of the junior performers as she lowered her British junior record on day two of the ASA National Winter Meet (25m) 2015 in Sheffield.
The 15-year old Ellesmere College Titans swimmers narrowly missed out on a senior medal in the open 50m Butterfly final, finishing just 0.22 off the podium in fourth.
But her time of 26.74 from the final saw her sail under the 27 second barrier for the first time, and break her own British junior marker of 27.10 from ASA Midland Short Course Championships last month.
“I’m so pleased because I’ve been trying for so long to get under 27 seconds,” said Pugh, who won seven gold medals in the 15 Yrs age group at the British Summer Championships earlier this year.
“It’s amazing to be racing against people you look up to in a race like that and learning how they prepare and race.
“I’m focusing more on the fly this season and I’m dropping the IMs. I might still do distance free a bit but it’s mainly fly and 200 fly next season.”
City of Sheffield’s Elliot Clogg was the other youngster to lower a British junior record on the day, again taking down his own old marker.
The 15-year old, who won senior bronze in the open 200m Backstroke on the opening night in Sheffield, touched in 25.17 to finish eighth in the 50m Backstroke.
Pugh’s Ellesmere College training partner Freya Anderson won a pair of junior medals after two personal best swims in the final session.
The 14-year old topped the junior podium after a PB 2:28.79 in the B final of the 200m Breaststroke before adding junior silver in the 100m Individual Medley, finishing eighth in the A final in a PB 1:03.05.
Newcastle’s Jane Brown was the only junior swimmer to finish ahead of Anderson in the 100m IM, finishing fifth in the A final in a PB 1:02.61.
Hatfield’s Nathan Hughes was another junior swimmer in an open final, finishing ninth in the 400m Individual Medley final after a 4:23.25 effort.