CREWE Flyers rose to the challenge when they came up against some of the best teams in the country.
The squad were up against it when they faced stiff competition from 74 outfits at the Major Oak Open Meet in Mansfield.
But they raised their game to notch medals and personal bests. Charlotte Bradbury was the pick of the bunch, bagging two golds and a bronze medal.
Claudia Hamdy also topped a podium, while Bethany Mayer claimed a third-placed gong. Austin Barton, Elliot Bloor, Daniel Carragher, Colette Foster and Jason Owen made it to the finals of their respective events.
A club spokesman said: 'They produced some fantastic swims despite the level of competition being pushed ever higher.'
Excellent performances were also by Lisa McKenna, Charlotte Mears, James Mitchell, Toby Molyneux, Robert Morris, Alexandra Parker, Anthony Ryan, Lauren Sinclair, Rebecca Small, Bryony Carragher, Sian Davies, Michael Eastwood, Stephanie Eastwood, Jason Hodgson, Emma Kinsey, Christopher Alcock, Abigail Axon, Dale Barton, Eleanor Bloor and Amy Buckley.
The Flyers finished fifth overall in the North West Speedo Division Two Championships for 2006. They pipped local rivals Sandbach Sharks, who finished joint seventh, in good achievements for both teams.
Sharks spokesman Andy White said the seventh place has set a target to beat next year.
He added: 'This completed a successful couple of months in which Sandbach Sharks also won both the recent Buckley and Neston Deva Galas, ensuring we are promoted to Division Two in the Deva League for the 2007 season.'
In the Speedo Division Two Championships final at Manchester Aquatics Swimming Pool, Matthew Joines and George White got vital wins.