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82 to see off a class field which included Commonwealth Games relay medallist Fran Halsall (City of Liverpool), world championship swimmer Cassie Patten (Plymouth Leander) and Lizzie Simmonds (Lincoln Vulcans), the world's fastest 15-year-old backstroker.
Now he has three talented ones in backstroker Casey Cosgrove and freestyler Darren Duley on the boys' side and Chrystal Harris-Parks for the girls.
Britain's two other Games gold medallists - freestyle sprint specialist Mark Foster, who won two titles in the last Europeans, and backstroker Katy Sexton - will also be in action.
We've never won it twice in a row before," said coach and Olympic backstroker Jo Deakins.
She is joined by sophomore backstroker Lizette Patterson as well as several newcomers up from last year's successful junior varsity team.
Whitehead, Beresford and Booth were joined by backstroker Kevin Barter to win the men's medley relay, with Neil Ashcroft and Dan Bromley adding their contributions to victory in the final event, the men's 6 x 50m freestyle.
The only other swimmer on the boys' team with significant experience is junior Jeremiah Keyes, a backstroker who also competes on the wrestling team.
Backstroker Proud enjoyed a highlysuccessful junior career but appeared to struggle to make the transition to senior ranks.
Don-Duncan, who at her best is a world class backstroker, will need to have her knees drained again before competing in the 200m backstroke later in the championships.
Newcomers to the boys include senior Luke Hilmo (sprinter) and freshman backstroker Goran Bistric, Igor's brother.
At El Camino Real, the boys' team remains deep despite the graduation of record backstroker Brian Brown, and the girls' team is typically strong, led by champion IM and backstroke swimmer Elizabeth Inai.
Freestyler Mike Linn, backstroker Igor Bistric and medley swimmer David DeLokia are juniors and Section finalists from last season.