PLYMOUTH Leander’s Laura Stephens, Tom Beeley, Roman Scherer and Lana Broekhoven all returned to Devon with medals from the prestigious Manchester International, which took place at the weekend.
Great Britain international Stephens won both the women’s 100m and 200m butterfly events in the North West.
In the 200m event she enjoyed a tremendous battle with fellow Commonwealth Games athlete Emily Large of Newcastle. The pair were well ahead of the field and Stephens just managed to touch first. The Plymouth star clocked 2:06.47, with Large just behind with 2:06.60.
Stephens also edged Large out in the 100m race. The Leander swimmer touched in 58.88 seconds, with Large taking second in 59.16.
There were senior silver medals at the short course competition for both Beeley and Scherer.
Beeley’s silver came in the 200m butterfly where he clocked 1:58.84 to finish just 0.17 of a second behind winner Richard Nagy of Sheffield. Beeley just missed out on another medal in the 100m butterfly final, where he cane fourth in 54.52 seconds. He was also sixth in the 50m final.
Scherer took second place in the men’s 50m breaststroke competition with a 28.29 second swim. He was also fourth in the 100m final in 1:02.95.
Broekhoven won three medals in the junior women’s races. She narrowly took gold in the 400m IM with a time of 4:52.60, while she claimed silver in the 100m breaststroke in 1:11.77 and bronze in the 200m breaststroke in 2:34.86.
Mount Kelly’s Katelyn Bergin came close to making the podium. She finished fourth in the women’s 50m backstroke in 28.73 seconds and was fifth in the 100m backstroke with a 1:01.08 swim.