Despite almost 12 months without long course competition, the athletes put on a show, with multiple British records broken across the three days of action, which was witnessed by 25,000 people via the livestream coverage. Molly Renshaw was the star of the show on Friday night, equalling the Women’s 200m Breaststroke British record with an impressive swim, whilst Adam Peaty took 50m and 100m Breaststroke golds, posting quick times in both. Another Olympian on fine form was former Trafford Metro man James Guy, who like Peaty took double victory, whilst Tokyo hopeful Abbie Wood smashed her 200m Individual Medley personal best to bring the weekend to a fitting end.
S3 para-swimmer Ellie Challis produced a string of breath-taking performances across the weekend, the 16-year-old, who trains at the British Para-Swimming National Centre, which calls the Manchester Aquatics Centre its home, breaking British records in the 50m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle. Another para-swimmer in record-breaking form was Jordan Catchpole, his victory in the Men’s Mixed Classification (MC) 50m Freestyle seeing him take the British S14 record, one of five wins over the three days.
The event was run under strict COVID protocols throughout, thanks to rigorous pre-meet collaboration between partners including British Swimming, Manchester City Council, GLL and the City of Manchester Swim Team (COMAST) and Arena UK. Thanks also go to the many Officials and Volunteers who are crucial to allow such events to go ahead.