Jevon Penny was crowned National Open Water Festival champion by the narrowest of margins after a thrilling Boys 15 Years 3K race.
The Northampton swimmer touched home in 36:52.12 to take the gold medal – but only 0.72 seconds separated the top three.
Daniel Donovan, Guildford, was second in 36:52.30, with Basildon Phoenix’s Lewis Binning taking the bronze medal in 36:52.84.
Jevon said: “It was really tight coming to the end but, thankfully, I got there.
“I just had the determination to go on and put that extra bit of effort in as I really didn’t want to lose.”
It was Jevon’s fourth appearance at the National Open Water Festival and he now has a gold medal to add to the two bronze and one silver medal he’s previously won.
“It’s my first time as national champion and I’m really happy with the gold medal,” he said. “I’ll definitely be back next year.
“I knew it would be tight from the start because we have all been close together through the years.
“Lewis led for the first lap but by the last turning point we were all in a line and just maxed it out to the finish.”
15 Years Girls 3K race
Eleanor Bainbridge claimed her fourth National Open Water Festival age group title after triumphing in the 15 Years Girls race.
The Royal Wolverhampton School swimmer has added another gold medal to her collection after previously winning the 12 Years, 13 Years and 14 Years titles.
She clocked 39:17 to win by 35 seconds from Grimsby’s Lucy Woodliffe (39:52) and 42 seconds ahead of Guildford’s Isobel Bryant, who took the bronze medal in 39:59.
Eleanor said: “I’m pleased because I’ve had a tough season.
“I thought this year was going to be quite tough but I went in there with my head held high hoping for the best. I’m really happy.
“This is most I have won by. My first win was by 10 seconds but it has been closer and closer each year. It was quite a shock there was such a big difference.
“I’ll definitely be back next year to try and make it five.”
14 Years Girls 3K race
A year ago, Ella Dyson suffered the disappointment of missing out on a podium place as she finished fourth.
But she made up for it in the 14 Years Girls 3K race as she triumphed by 20 seconds to be crowned national champion.
The Wycombe District swimmer clocked 39:07 to finish ahead of City of Birmingham’s Millie Checkley (39:27) and Grimsby’s Evie Barber (39.44)
Ella said: “The race went well and I’m really happy.
“The sun came out while I was swimming and I enjoyed myself. I just tried to hold my pace, keep it steady and get out in front and it worked well.
“Once out in front, I could enjoy it a little bit. I was fourth last year so it was nice to go even better. I wasn’t really expecting a medal, just tried my best. To come first is amazing.”
14 Years Boys 3K race
Isaac Dodds marked his debut at the National Open Water Festival age group championships by taking home the gold medal.
The TigersJersey swimmer finished in 37:57, which was 16 seconds clear of Wycombe District’s Joshua Weston (38:13).
City of Sheffield’s Matthew Woodhall won the bronze medal in 38:18.
Isaac said: “The swim was hard and long but I thought I had a chance.
“It’s the furthest distance I have done. I’m not really bothered about the time, it was all about the place as this is my first time at the nationals.
“Quite of lot of the swimmers are in my region so it was nice to beat them.”