Barracudas in home success

Barracudas' Micro A team
Barracudas' Micro A team
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Leyland Barracudas’ Micro A team had a North West Microleague home victory over over Southport, Preston and Blackpool.

Shannon Ratcliffe was the first Leyland swimmer in the pool, swimming a personal best in the backstroke leg of the girls 12-and-under medley relay.

The rest of the girls’ relay team swam but finished the race in third place.

The 12-and-under boys went one better and made it a second place in their relay race. But it was the nine-year-old girls’ relay team of Jessica Fisher, Rosie Linley, Jasmine Bracegirdle and Rebecca Ward who won Leyland’s first race.

The nine-year-old boys, comprising Jacob Chew, Tom Arkwright, Luca Bell and Bradley Snaylam followed the girls’ lead and also won their freestyle relay.

A mix of second and third places followed in the next four relay races and Leyland were in first place, just one point ahead of Southport at the start of the individual races.

The nine-year-olds swam well in the 25m freestyle with both Jessica Fisher and Tom Arkwright winning their races.

Pia Murray and Kyo Tanner were the next to put victories on the scoreboard, both winning their 12-and-under 50m butterfly events.

More wins followed, from Jessica Fisher, Anna Dutton, and Kyo Tanner.

By the halfway mark, Leyland were on 71 points, a lead of just two points over Southport’s 69 points, with Preston and Blackpool on 54 and 43 points respectively.

The second half of the match saw more wins for Leyland swimmers.

These included Bradley Snaylam, Oliver Pearce, Rosie Linley, Tom Arkwright and Pia Murray.

Prior to the final set of relays, Leyland had extended their lead to five points, with Southport still in second, Preston in third and Blackpool in fourth.

Leyland’s strong performance in the last set of relays, with three wins, four second places and two third places made them uncatchable – especially as all the other teams were disqualified from at least one of the relay races.

The result was a forgone conclusion by the time the last race started but Leyland also won the boys’ and girls’ cannon.

Final score: Leyland A – 144 points, Southport A – 131, Preston A – 120, Blackpool A – 82.