By Paul Osborne

This weekend saw tens of short course world and European records broken in the pool of the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield ©Getty ImagesNovember 24 - Fans at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield were treated to an array of fantastic swimming this weekend as a host of Britain's finest world and Paralympic swimmers took to the pool in the National Open Short Course Championships.

The event saw tens of short course records broken, including seven world and 15 European.

It did not take long either for the records to start falling as just two races into the first day London-based Susannah Rodgers staked her claim in the record books with a European record in the S7 100 metre freestyle, clocking a time of 1min 11.61sec.

The first world record was broken shortly after when Paralympic gold medallist Jonathan Fox touched in with a time of 1:08.51 in the S7 100m backstroke, knocking a second-and-a-half off the old time.

Alice Tai, 14, continued the fine spectacle, taking a European record in the 100m backstroke for the S10 class in 1:09.56.

London 2012 gold medallist Jonathan Fox broke the first world record of the Championships in the S7 100m backstrokeLondon 2012 gold medallist Jonathan Fox broke the first world record of the Championships in the S7 100m backstroke ©Getty Images

Scotland's Danielle Joyce finished the weekend sporting three World and four European records in what was a superb couple of days for the 17-year-old.

A time of 1:05.27 saw her break the world record in the S15 100m backstroke with 1:07.22 and 2:25.56 securing her the world records in the 100m and 200m individual medley events.

"This weekend has been a tough one," said Joyce.

"I've been doing some hard training and have just come back from the Deaflympics so my training has been varied to allow me time to recover.

"I'm extremely pleased with my swims though.

"My 100 back world record was my highlight, and the relay on the last day was brilliant.

"I love being the last leg - it was a thrilling race for Scotland.

"I can't wait for the next ones as the DSEs (Disability Sport Events) are my favourite competitions."

Joyce's Scottish teammate and S15 rival, Lucy Walkup, also broke a S15 world record in the 100m breaststroke finishing in 1:16.45.

Paralympic champions Josef Craig and Eleanor Simmonds also made a big impression as both swam world recording breaking times in the 400m freestyle events for the S7 and S6 classes.

"It felt really good to break my own world record again," said Craig, who broke his own world record with a time of 4:32.38.

"It was surprisingly really comfortable so I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do in my next long course meet.

"I'm going home with four golds, four personal bests and a world record so I'm really pleased."

"Short course is actually quite relaxing.

"It's my favourite competition because I always feel good at the end of the races - not worn out like in long course."

Paralympic superstar Eleanor Simmonds stole the show on Saturday afternoon, setting a world record in the 400m freestyle event ©Getty ImagesParalympic superstar Eleanor Simmonds stole the show on Saturday afternoon, setting a world record in the S6 400m freestyle event ©Getty Images

At the conclusion of the Championships trophies were awarded to the top male and female performers from over the weekend.

These trophies were won by London's Amy Marren and the North West's Thomas Hamer.

The team trophy is one of the highlights of the Championships, with all swimmers accumulating regional points in every race they swim.

This year it was a tight finish, with East eventually coming through victorious with Scotland coming in a close second, followed by North West.

The Short Course Championships is a firm favourite for the swimmers and this year it welcomed many newcomers to their first national competition.

Craig, still only 16 but already a world renowned talent, commented on the exciting mixture of established stars and hopeful beginners:

"It's so good to see all the newcomers here because it's a brilliant opportunity for them to perform on this stage," he said.

"They would have gained loads of experience this weekend."

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