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British Champions crowned and Welsh Records broken at British Swimming Championships

National, Performance

British champions were crowned and Welsh records were smashed on the final days of the British Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge.

The records began to tumble on Friday night in Sheffield when Medi Harris proved her versatility in the Women’s 100m Freestyle. After claiming the 100 Back title on Wednesday, Harris returned to break the Welsh 100 Free record previously held by Georgia Davies. Despite missing out on a medal, the North Walian produced a lightning fast length to touch the wall in 55.27 to shave almost four tenths of a second off Davies’ record.

Daniel Jervis made it a hat trick of British titles on Saturday with another convincing triumph in the 800 Free. After storming to victories in the 400 & 1500 earlier in the week, Britain’s distance king returned to post the third fastest 800 Free time in the world this year finishing in 7:50.35, less than a second outside the World Championships consideration time.

He claimed a third British Swimming Championships gold medal of the week with a composed swim that saw him take control of the race from the beginning and cruise to the top of the podium. Kieran Bird finished third, Hector Pardoe was fifth and Tyler Melbourne-Smith finished in seventh place.

Jervis said: “The thing about being a distance swimmer is it's very much a mental game. The way I train, and the people I train with, we train to be world leaders in swimming. Physically, I'm in the best shape of my life. I can honestly say that, people may train as hard as me in the swimming world, but nobody trains harder than me.

“When you have one brilliant swim – my 400m was the best I've ever done – and then one not so great swim in the 1500m, it's very much a mental game then, and it's how you play that.

“I think I pulled it back around. It wasn't as quick as I wanted it to be, but I'm really happy with that. It's the first time I've ever had three British titles in one week, so it's good.”

Harris continued her fine form but was pipped to the post in the 50 Back, claiming a silver medal to add to her growing collection after being edged out by Loughborough swimmer Lauren Cox, Harris was just one hundredth off claiming gold in a time of 27.84.

Records continued to fall on super Saturday as Swansea University swimmer Dan Jones sprinted to a fifth place finish in the 50 Free, setting a new standard of 22.58.

On Sunday, Lewis Fraser set another Welsh record as he finished fourth in the 50 Fly in a time of 23.87. Kaden Edwards continued his coming-of-age performance at these Championships by becoming British 200 Back Junior champion with a fresh personal best. The Cardiff swimmer will head to the European Junior Championships on a high after finishing eighth in a stunning time of 2:02.33.

Calum Jarvis and Matt Richards finished sixth and seventh respectively in the Men’s 200 Free.