Bangor swimmer Jordan Sloan insisted he left Sheffield full of confidence after claiming a silver medal at this year's BUCS Nationals at Ponds Forge.
Sloan is currently studying at Ulster University and was one of 6,000 athletes to descend on the Steel City this weekend for the UK's largest annual multi-sport event.
He produced a fine swim in the 200m freestyle race as he clocked 1:51.52 minutes to finish second behind Loughborough University's Tim Shuttleworth.
Sloan was also in action in the 100m freestyle race where he finished sixth in 52.49 seconds to bring the curtain down on a strong meet.
And the 22-year-old says he will take plenty of positives away from his time in Yorkshire as he builds towards this year's Olympic trials and his dream of heading to Rio 2016.
"This is my first time at BUCS and I've had a pretty good meet. I've swam quite smooth all through the week and did well so I'm really pleased," Sloan said.
"Considering I didn't feel very good the morning of my race I think the result is pretty good - I just felt a bit heavy before.
"It's been a tough week and we've put a lot of hours in at the gym and in the pool and so when I take that into consideration my time is okay considering how I didn't feel fully rested.
"I'll take this result in February though, my time was good, I'm not far off my PB and I know I'll get better in the coming months. I'll take a couple of weeks off now and go back home, then I'll taper for trials which is already in everybody else's mind.
"I'm not fully prepared for that yet, though - I don't think anyone is - but I think after this weekend I'm sure it will go well, I didn't think I was going to swim this quickly here after all."
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