PLYMOUTH College swimmers are looking forward to a big summer ahead after impressing at major meets.
At the Edinburgh International Meet, Ruta Meilutyte, who is hoping to defend her 100m breaststroke Olympic title this year, showed she is back to her best after a broken elbow with two stunning gold medals.
Meilutyte (pictured top) took gold in the women’s 50m breaststroke skins, clocking a world number one time for this year. She also claimed a further gold in the 100m breaststroke in second fastest time for the year, clocking 1:05.82.
Former Plymouth College pupil, Ben Proud, warming up for next month’s British Olympic trials in Glasgow, claimed gold in the 50m freestyle and was only 0.04 outside of the British senior record. Gold also came in the 100m freestyle with his time placing him at number six in the world this year.
There were also wins in Edinburgh for Federico Poggio in the 50m breaststroke, Tom Fannon in the 50m freestyle and Kregor Zirk in the 50m butterfly.
Kregor also took silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 100m freestyle breaking the Estonian senior, youth and junior national records.
Emma England walked away with silver in the 50m freestyle, while double bronze went to Laura Stephens in the senior 100m and 200m butterfly.
Jessica Jackson won a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle and Federico Poggio was third in the B Final of the 100m breaststroke, beating 2012 Olympic silver medalist Michael Jamieson in the process.
On the Isle of Wight, Grace Poynter was being presented at the island’s Sports Awards with the ‘Junior Girls Outstanding Achievement Award’.
And to cap a good week, Plymouth College’s Sam Dailley and Ethan Harrington (pictured below) have received international debut call-ups to represent England at the Lignano Meet in Italy in May.
“These are exciting results at a time where the swimmers are traditionally training hard,” said Plymouth College director of swimming, Jon Rudd. “It is unusual to have such high performance. We are looking forward to a period where we will be preparing for all the big events with Great Britain and the other nations we work for.”