After a fantastic week of swimming in Sheffield, Loughborough’s swimmers returned home with an outstanding 27 medals including 10 golds.
Kick-starting the medal rush early last week, Adam Peaty bagged double gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, whist his training partner Imogen Clark, also coached by Loughborough University alumna Mel Marshall taking victory in the 50m breaststroke.
On day two University student Jocelyn Ulyett stunned her Olympian competitors to win her first British title and record a World Championships consideration time in the 200m breaststroke, whilst Georgia Davies achieved a similar feat in the 100m backstroke. Another University student Charlotte Atkinson was in record breaking form as she won the 50m butterfly, bettering the Isle of Man record for that distance and becoming the first Manx swimmer to win a British title for over 50 years!
Atkinson carried on where she left off the next day, winning the 200m butterfly in a World Championship consideration time, whilst Rio 2016 Olympian and geography student Tim Shuttleworth won silver in the 1500m.
Day four was all about the silver medals, chemistry student James Wilby adding 200m breaststroke silver to the bronze he won in the 100m on the opening night, whilst Adam Barrett won silver in the 100m butterfly. Another Loughborough University student Charlotte Evans took bronze in the 200m backstroke.
By Saturday it looked as if the championship couldn’t get much better from a Loughborough perspective, but it did, as our swimmers won another four medals. Georgia Davies won her second title of the week, the Welshwoman taking 50m backstroke gold, whilst Abbie Wood and Molly Renshaw won silver and bronze in the 200m Individual Medley. Toby Robinson added a further bronze in the 800m freestyle.
The final night of the championships wasn’t a let-down either, with six more Loughborough medals taking the total to a staggering 27. Student Sarah Vasey prevailed in the 100m breaststroke, with Luke Greenbank doing the same in the 200m backstroke. There was yet another medal for Charlotte Atkinson, this time silver in the 100m butterfly, whilst Adam Barrett claimed his second silver in the 50m fly. Last but not least came a bronze for Jocelyn Ulyett in the 100m breaststroke, with Rachael Kelly taking bronze in the 100m fly behind Atkinson.
There was also 22 podium finishes in the Target Tokyo Finals, aimed at younger athletes still making their way up the high performance pathway, that tally including 10 victories.
Full results from the championships can be found here: http://www.swimmingresults.org.uk/swimming/results/2017/bstrials17/