CLUB records tumbled at Abingdon Vale despite the absence of external competitions.

The sport has been one of the hardest hit by coronavirus, but Swim England set up the Level X competition in an attempt to keep swimmers focused.

Before the second lockdown halted proceedings, it allowed clubs to compete in their own pools, under strict conditions, to record times which can be included in national rankings.

And between them, three swimmers broke eight Vale records.

Edgar Stepliuk claimed four new best times at 13 and under – both in freestyle and backstroke over 100metres and 50m.

Sebastian Rawes set new marks in the 16 and under class for butterfly over 100ms and 50m, plus the 50m freestyle.

Finally, Adrien Storck-Wihlidal is the new record holder for the 50m breaststroke at 12 and under.

Katharine Langley, Vale’s secretary, said: “The coaches were impressed, not only by skills shown but of how many of the swimmers produced personal bests or were close to their pre-lockdown times.”