A SQUAD of Kendal swimmers made the long trip to Harrogate to take part in the two-day Harrogate and District Open Meet, seeking to gain medals and more qualifying times for the up and coming county events in March.

Once again it was the in-form Christopher Stainton who had the greatest success with four medals and two personal best times.

His finest effort came in the 50m freestyle sprints. Off to a great start he put himself among the leaders and out of the turn made his bid for honours. In the final few metres he burst for the wall and just touched out Nathan Watson (Cockermouth) and James Williams (Barrow) in a blanket finish to snatch gold.

He gave a repeat performance in the 100m freestyle to take another gold ahead of Greidanus (Halifax) and Taylor (Hull) in a very tight finish.

To complete his haul he went on to take silver for 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke.

Emily Reay, 12, was another worthy medal winner. Being outside most of the upper limit times she took on distance events and using her strength and power she drove to a magnificent gold in the 200m backstroke just ahead of Armstrong (Harrogate).

In the strength sapping 400m Individual Medley, she had to pull out all the stops and displayed her all-round ability to collect silver with Fitton (Kirklees) taking gold.

Daniel Armstrong added to the medal haul. Having entered eight events he got three medals and four PBs for his efforts. In the 200m IM he had to work hard and did well to snatch the silver medal after being touched out for gold by Costello (Kirklees).

His 50m backstroke saw him involved in another storming finish where the first three swimmers had less than one second splitting them and Armstrong had to settle for bronze.

His 100m backstroke produced a similar result, again swimming into bronze position.

A bronze medal went to Brodie Swallow, who showed superb controlled aggression in the 50m butterfly, while 11-year-old Hannah Edwards performed brilliantly over the two days to take silver for an outstanding 200m breaststroke. She also set five PBs which included knocking off a huge slice off her previous 400m freestyle time.

Alexandra Agliolo and Ruben Swallow both worked hard and produced highly creditable performances, swimming well up to their best times.