Preston Swimming Club took 43 girls and 38 boys to the recent North Lancashire Swimming Championships.
Top athletes from more than 10 swimming clubs were competing for podium places and also for qualifying times for the forthcoming Lancashire and North West Regional Championships.
At this competition, the Preston swimmers put in some great swims picking up a total of 139 medals and many swimmers came away with personal best times.
Eighteen-year-old Katie Jepson was in superb form as she led the way collecting six gold medals.
William Dewhurst (13) also had a great meet, he picked up five golds, two silvers and two bronze.
Nine-year-old Katie Hale – making her debut at competitive swimming – came home with four golds and a silver, as did 16-year-old Andrew Davison.
Kenan Yeung (14) was in impressive form, collecting four golds and a further three bronze medals, while 13-year-old Ellie Cameron gained three golds, two silver and two bronze medals.
Nine-year-old Matthew Wright came away with three golds and Matthew Boyd (10) earned himself a couple of golds medals, four silvers and three bronze medals.
There were six medals for Daniel Holmes (12) as he stormed to two first-place finishes and four runners-up spots.
Thirteen-year-old Johnny Rowland earned a double gold and silver, while Nathan Holmes and Bailey Reid – both aged 10 – gained podium places winning two golds each.
Holmes also won a silver and Reid picked up two bronze medals. Fourteen-year-old Emily Lawrence gained a gold and four silvers and Tom Clifton (15) collected a gold, three silvers and two bronze medals.
Twelve-year-old Elizabeth Wafer won a gold and three silvers and Rachael Thompson, who is a year older, earned a gold and a silver.
Lauren Airey (9), Jack Howard (13), Robert Hamer (15) and Kathryn Greenslade, (17) all picked up one gold medal.
Ten-year-old Olivia Hanson collected three silver medals and a bronze, while nine-year-old Oliver Covill finished second twice and third three times.
Amber Mann (10) picked up two silvers and two bronze, while Alice Fox (13), Morgan Gilmore (12), Nicholas Edwards (11), Emma Fox (15), Samantha Jo Hollings (16) and 10-year-olds Ben Rogerson and Grace Newton, all won silver amid some bronze medals.
Fourteen-year-old Elissa Gornall collected five bronze medals, 15-year-old Matthew Monks gained three bronze and Amity Jones (9).
Gabrielle Parker (11) and 12-year-old Harry Robinson all picked up a couple of bronze medals each.
There were a bronze medal each for nine-year-old Lucas Gornall, Adam Tabernacle Ben Rosbottom – both 10, 11-year-olds Harvey King, Luc Slater and Georgia Holding, Ruby Frankland (13), James Parker and George Robinson – both 14 – and 22-year-old John Rainford all came home with a bronze medal.
Several other swimmers gained qualifying times for this competition, including nine-year-old debutants Alice Jones, Samara Metcalfe, Elladiane Reid and Harrison Riley.
Other participants were Samuel Burton, Harry Rowland, Ethan Ramalli, Amelia Langton, Katherine Mangan, Holly Heaton, Evie Coupe, Kaitlin Riley, Katelyn Croasdale Cleg, Thomas Douglas, Ella Newton, Khirstine Williams, Abbie Burton, Caitlin O’Brien. Samantha Collier, Jessica Millar, Emma Tabernacle, Lucy Macpherson, Imogen Moss, Cara Jones, Rebecca Ward, Charlie Monks. Olivia Armes, Emily Armstrong, Will Hands, Sohan Rathod, Sean McGinty, Jamie Warriner, Georgia Riley, Rebecca Moore, Patrick Hill and Ethan Fielding.
The club’s dedicated coaching team were all very satisfied with the performances of all the swimmers.
Samir Ahmed who directs the programme, praised the efforts of the supporting organisations, many which play a key role in facilitating the club’s daily training environment that allows for such success.
They include Preston City Council, British Para-Swimming, Forbes Solicitors and Ambulant physiotherapists.