TWO Pershore swimmers returned with medals from the Midlands Age Group Championships.
Twelve-year-old Tazmin Pugh continued her progress to next month’s nationals by bagging gold in the 100-metre butterfly and silver in the 100m backstroke.
She was seeded second for the 100m butterfly but grabbed a new long-course personal best in one minute 09.34 seconds, climbing to third in the UK rankings.
Pugh moved up to fourth in the UK in the 100m backstroke among 3,000 swimmers in her age group.
Simon Sweatman, the youngest 10-year-old boy competing, collected two medals in the Published by Newsquest (Worcester) Limited at Hylton Road, Worcester.
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100m and 200m backstrokes. He achieved silver at the shorter distance in 1.20.70 with a PB, which moved him up to third in the UK, and bagged 200m backstroke bronze in 2.47.03.
Pugh set the ball rolling in the 200m freestyle with 12th position to climb to 14th in the UK rankings.
She made the 200m backstroke final in eighth place, with her heat time raising her to 10th in the UK, and was ninth in the 400m individual medley.
Pugh scraped in to the 200m backstroke finals but then set a new long-course PB of 2.32.16 to finish fourth and be ranked sixth in the UK.
She recorded another longcourse PB with 10.11.77 in the 800m freestyle.
On the final day, Pugh was seventh in the 200m individual medley final after leading the first 100m.
She recorded fourth in 1.04.15 in the 100m freestyle and set a PB of 4.52.04 in the 400m freestyle. Sweatman started with 10th in the 400m individual medley, clocking 6.35.74 for a UK ranking of seventh, and was 10th again in the 200m freestyle with a PB of 2.40.12.
He kicked off the last day with the 400m freestyle in his first 50m pool experience and swam 5.39.88 to move up to 11th in the UK.
In an exciting 100m freestyle, he was fourth and went up to third in the UK.
He fought his way into the 200m individual medley finals, taking eighth place in 3.03.40 though his heat time of 2.59.60 would make him second best in the UK.
Overall, Sweatman was fifth out of the 32 10-year-old boys and Pugh sixth from the 89 12-yearold girls.
They will now swim in the annual inter-county match this weekend between Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Gloucestershire.