ABINGDON Vale’s Lottie James confirmed her status as a talented all-rounder by reaching nine finals and winning two golds in the South East Regional Championships.

The 13-year-old brought home four medals, including a second successive gold in the 200m individual medley – winning by a clear three seconds – and also won her first 400m individual medley race at this level.

Thirteen Vale swimmers qualified for the championships, held over three weekends, competing against swimmers from 75 clubs.

Other members achieved top eight placings and set new club records.

On the back of their regional swims, James and Natalia Druett have qualified for the Swim England Summer Nationals in early August.

Abingdon Vale’s lead coach Amanda Ford, who has been appointed regional head coach, said: “We had a really successful regional championships, in both youth and age group competitions.

“More swimmers achieved the qualifying times and made it to event finals than last year. It was a superb team effort.”