Wallbank flying high as he claims hat-trick of records
KEV Wallbank opened the Derbyshire ASA championships in storming style, taking home a bagful of titles.
The Long Eaton swimmer was in splendid form at Matlock in the first of three weekends of competition, claiming a hat-trick of county junior short course records.
He dominated the butterfly events, landing the open and junior 100m and 200m crowns. Both junior wins were in record times.
The 16-year-old, who trains with Derventio eXcel but was competing under his home club's colours, also won gold in the junior 100m individual medley – again a record – and the open and junior 50m breaststroke.
Another record-breaker was City of Derby's Eleanor Baldwin, whose winning effort in the 200m backstroke set a new county standard in both open and junior categories.
The 14-year-old also took a double in the 100m freestyle.
European junior champion Molly Renshaw, swimming for her home club, Ripley, was in dominant form, winning the open and junior titles in the 100m breaststroke, 200m medley and 400m medley.
Fellow European junior competitor Adam Peaty, from the City of Derby club, struck gold in the open 200m breaststroke, the 100m medley and 400m freestyle.
The junior 200m breaststroke went to Ripley's Jamie Ingram.
One of Peaty's club-mates, Connor Smith, won the open 200m freestyle, the junior version of which went to Ryan Reader, while the senior 50m backstroke was taken by Kane Haggett.
Reader was also winner of the open and junior crowns in the 100m backstroke and junior 400m freestyle.
Sprint specialist Tyler-Anne Black, of Long Eaton, was successful at open and junior levels in the 50m butterfly and freestyle.
Sarah Cross (City of Derby) was the winner of the open and junior 800m freestyle.
City of Derby dominated the medal table with a total of 111 – 38 gold, 41 silver and 32 bronze – followed by Long Eaton (50), Belper (30), Ripley (25), Derby Phoenix (24) and Etwall (17).
The championships continue today and tomorrow at Matlock.