JACOB Peters struck gold and silver in Sheffield to give himself a timely confidence boost ahead of next month’s British Championship in the same Ponds Forge pool.

Poole’s 16-year-old British youth champion saw off many older and more experienced swimmers to make the podium three times at the Sheffield Premier Open Meet.

His shared gold came in the 200m butterfly as he tied first place with Loughborough University’s 20-year-old Joe Porter.

Both recorded a time of 2:04.27 in the final with Peters’ South West rival Sam Dailley, 16, of Plymouth Leander, third in 2:06.28.

The Poole swimmer, who recently made his international debut with an England youth team in France, came within 0.02 and 0.05sec of more gold medals in the other butterfly events.

In the 100m butterfly final, he clocked 55.64 to collect the men’s silver medal behind Exeter 21-year-old Dominic Wooldridge’s 55.62.

And in the 50m final, his time of 25.07sec placed him second to Plymouth’s 22-year-old Robert Fannon (25.02).

Poole’s other national junior champion Jazz McCrea, 15, made two butterfly finals, coming within 0.08 and 0.07sec of silver and bronze as she touched fourth in the women’s 50m final in 28.49.

She was also fifth in the 100m final in 1:04.38 after coming third in the 15-16 age group in 1:03.97.

McCrea added a fourth event to her British Championship programme after remarkable 50m freestyle heats that saw four girls tie in 11th place on 27.45 – two of them Jasmines from Poole.

McCrea won the four-way swim-off for the right to be first reserve for the women’s final and her time of 27.06 qualified her for the national showdown.

Jasmine Holmes recorded 27.61 as well as 59.40 to place 10th in the 17 and over 100m freestyle.

Poole’s Thea O’Keefe, 16, came 10th, 14th and 15th in the 400m, 100m and 200m freestyle, respectively.

Bournemouth Collegiate School’s (BCS) Dorset breaststroke champion Kayla van der Merwe qualified for finals in all three breaststroke events, coming within one place of a medal as she recorded a PB of 33.75 for fourth in the women’s 50m.

In the 14/u 100m breaststroke, she was second in the heats in 1:13.84 and fifth in the final in 1;15.10.

In the 14/u 200m, she was fourth in the heats in 2:41.22 but withdrew from the final.

BCS’s Ella Chown recorded PBs in the 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle as did club-mate Honor Davies in the 50m and 100m backstroke.