Brother and sister Brad and Maya hit form at Zonal Swimming Championships

Maya and Brad Westlake.

BROTHER and sister, Brad and Maya Westlake hit top form at the inaugural Zonal Swimming Championships.

The meet was the final opportunity for swimmers to achieve qualifying times for the British Championships which take place in Manchester next month and 24 Vulcans qualified.

Taking place in the five ASA regions of England, the siblings both achieved British Championship times in their respective races.

Brad achieved national times in the 100m and 200m backstroke and a British Championship time in the 200m backstroke.

Maya, meanwhile, sprinted in to a British Championship time in the 50m freestyle collecting a junior bronze medal along the way.

Sean Westerman collected a junior bronze medal in the 400m Individual Medley and then produced a solid 1500m freestyle swim gaining himself a national time for the summer championships.

Jack Burnell also struck gold, in the Senior 400m freestyle event and earned a bronze in the 200m free.

Team-mate Oliver Bitowt achieved both British and national qualifying times in both the 400m and 1500m freestyle, collecting two Junior bronze medals in doing so.

Oliver Richmond and Mollie Temple also secured 200m Backstroke national times.

In total, Vulcans swimmers achieved 10 finalist and six reserve finalists positions bringing six medals back to the county.

"This is a new fixture in the swimming calendar and our swimmers have performed well in a tough field," said head coach Fred Furniss.

"It is still early in the season and I am extremely pleased to have five swimmers qualified to travel to Manchester for the British Championships in March."