LOUISE Watkin set a new European record as he powered to the 400m freestyle title at the DSE International Disability Championships.
The three-day meet incorporates the British selection trials for the European Championships in Reykjavik and Watkin stole the show, touching home in 4.46.61.
"It was a really good swim," she said.
"I am still getting back into training after the altitude training camp last week and my training has been a bit erratic since I returned to the UK so I am really happy to have got that under my belt."
Double Paralympic champion Eleanor Simmonds also won the 400m freestyle in her classification - but her 5.35.21 time was slower than her world record.
"It was hard out there but it felt better than the heat. The main thing was to achieve the qualifying time and I did that," she said.
Germany's Kristen Bruhn set a new world record in the 100m breaststroke, touching home in 1.36.18 while Great Britain's Charlotte Henshaw and Claire Cashmore completed the podium.
Cashmore was delighted with her time - which secured a new British record in her classification.
"I was determined to do that," she said.
"I have changed my club and coach within the last year and so I didn't know where I was with my training and my swimming. But getting in there and achieving that result shows that it is all working which I am really happy with."
Sam Hynd took the gold medal in the men's 400m freestyle with an excellent swim that also secured the qualifying time for the European Championships.
"That was just fantastic," he said.
"I am only just back from the altitude training camp and so I am slowly getting back to my training. I know that I will be able to go quicker next week at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. I am really happy to have met the time and I will hopefully be selected onto the squad for Reykjavik."
* The BT Paralympic World Cup is taking place in Manchester from 20-25 May with over 400 competitors from over 31 countries scheduled to compete. Go to www.btparalympicworldcup.com for more information.
morethanthegames, 16th May 2009