PB for Aplin as Fell, Knagg and Miller also come to the fore in swimming gala

First published in Sport The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

TAYLOR Aplin produced a personal best in the 200m freestyle event to get Ulverston Otters to a great start in another round of events at their pool.

She later took the 100m breaststroke title with another impressive performance.

Rebecca Fell, Alix Knagg and Carla Miller came onto the scene to record a hattrick of wins in all their events.

First it was Fell who showed superb technique and power to pull well clear of her challengers in the freestyle, with Eden Joy-Light second and Nicola Capstick third.

Knagg was also in brilliant form, winning her freestyle comfortably ahead of Chloe Jackson and Rhiannon Ellis, who battled it out stroke for stroke, finishing with only a split second to part them.

Miller was to prove victorious in all three of her events with a fair degree of ease.

Sophie Richardson put in a fine piece of sprinting to win her 50m butterfly, while Fell edged out Light in a blanket finish in the 50m butterfly.

Knagg too was at her brilliant best in this event, getting off to a fine start and triumphing with a storming finish.

A change of stroke saw Fell post another brilliant win in the 100m breaststroke ahead of Light, while Knagg also had to work hard at this stroke, this time with Ellis in close contention.

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In the boys events county champion Joe Elwood took the freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly titles comfortably.

Patrick Cush also collected a trio of titles with comfortable wins at freestyle and breaststroke, but had to work hard to hold off the challenge of Bradley Fell in the 50m butterfly.

Brother Niall also gave a terrific display to win his 100m breaststroke event. He got the verdict over Tom Robinson in a thrilling finish.

But Robinson showed too much skill in the 50m butterfly in timing his swim to perfection ahead of Sam Wicks and Reuben Atherton.

In the 200m freestyle it was Wicks who turned the tables. After a brilliant start he saved his best for the final length, hitting the finish for the title and a marvellous P.B.

Ryan Metcalfe gave a similar display to snatch victory in his 200m freestyle and the evening closed with two fine swims from Zachary Lewis-Morgan to lift the 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke titles.

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