Morton swimmer takes the win at nationals in Sheffield

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Morton’s Imogen Clark claimed victory at the British Swimming National Summer Championships in Sheffield.

The British record holder over the short course 50m breaststroke at 30.02 had no problems making it through her heat as a winner and was equally comfortable in her 17-18 years final.

In it, the Derventio eXcel swimmer was just a tenth of a second down on her long course personal best, touching in 31.23, more than half a second clear of her nearest rival.

Imogen, who has focussed much of her training this season on the longer Olympic distance of 100m, said: “I think it was a good performance. There’s been a lot of change this year with the squads and the coaches, so I’m happy with that.

“For me it’s more about the longer term processes towards 2018 and 2020 and keeping fired up. I think my body is changing a lot and I’m getting a lot stronger.

“It’s pleasing to win after being a bit disappointed at the Olympic trials, but I don’t really hold that in my mind… when’s it’s done, it’s done – you can’t go back and change anything.

“Things like that just make you stronger and more determined to go even harder in training.”

She was one of three Derbyshire Institute of Sport swimmers who won at the summer championships. Abbie Wood won her 400m individual medley (17-18 years) and Sarah Vasey won her 50m breaststroke (19+).

The athletes have been given extensive support through expert coaching, bespoke strength and conditioning programmes, physiotherapy and nutritional and lifestyle advice as part of the DIS programme.

They are also on the ICON Bursary programme, which is currently open for 2016-17 applications.