Victoria rises against the cream of the crop

A SQUAD of Ulverston’s senior swimmers tested their skill against the cream of the North West in the Regional Youth Championships held at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

All of them gave performances of which they can be extremely proud, coming away with some great results.

Once again Victoria Hevey had an outstanding meet. Entered in six events, she qualified for the finals in them all and picked up silver and bronze medals in the process.

Her best result came from 50m backstroke, where she got off to a great start, and although she couldn’t quite match the pace of Lauren Quigley (City of Manchester), she held off the challenges of Jennifer Budden (City of Manchester) and Stephanie Burke (Carnforth) in a blanket finish to take silver in a time of 31.35.

The final of the 100m backstroke brought another outstanding race and again it was Quigley who swept into the lead, with Hevey having to mix it again with Budden and another City of Manchester swimmer, Emma Saunders.

This time with less than once second splitting the three it was Saunders who took the silver, leaving Hevey with the bronze medal and a time of 1:07.41.

Hevey went on to take fourth place in the 50m butterfly, having been narrowly touched out of the medal places.

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Joe Elwood also had a fine meet where he reached the finals at 50m and 100m butterfly and 100m and 200m backstroke.

His best effort came in the 200m backstroke, where he battled with Craig Langley (City of Liverpool) for a medal place but disappointingly had to settle for fourth in the final metres.

He came home in another fourth place in the 100m backstroke and finished in the same place in the 50m butterfly final.

Scott Munro-Bennett also reached the finals of the 50m backstroke and the 50m butterfly. Following a marvellous effort in the backstroke he found himself just outside the medals and followed this up with fifth in the butterfly.

Austin Wilson also performed well with his best performance in the 100m backstroke final, finishing in a great fifth place, with other impressive swims coming from Georgia Hevey, including an eithth place in the 50m breaststroke final, Zarina Wilson (50m and 100m backstroke), Samantha Blundell (50m freestyle and 200m backstroke) and Callum Bond (50m and 100m freestyle).

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