Medals galore for Plymouth Leander swimmers at top international meet


There was plenty to celebrate for Plymouth Leander's top swimmers at this weekend's Manchester International Meet.

In the senior events Laura Stephens struck gold, putting on an impressive display to win the 200m fly in 2:10:54 - her second fastest time ever. While Jessica Jackson added two bronze medals to her collection (100m and 200m freestyle).

Among the juniors, Tegan Drew (pictured above) celebrated double gold - taking the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle titles. She also won two silver medals, finishing second in the 50m fly and 100 backstroke... and was voted top 16 year old female of the meet.

There was no stopping James Watson who took three silver medals - in the 50m freestyle as well as the 50m and 100m fly. He also won bronze in the 200m individual medley.

Katie Kyle picked up a bronze in the 50m fly. Bronze too for Morgan Newman in the 50m breaststroke. 

The long course event at Manchester Aquatics Centre attracted some of the world's top swimmers including Olympic and World Champion Adam Peaty and offered performance athletes the chance to evaluate their progress in the race for 2018 Commonwealth Games qualification.

Head coach Robin Armayan said "The Blue Army went to Manchester to assess the progress of the early season plan and race tough against some of the fastest swimmers in the country. 

"The athletes were very professional, switched on and focused throughout the weekend, displaying a great attitude with a desire to succeed and win.  I am extremely proud of them all, the season is looking promising."