Denney and Reay produce powerhouse performances in Kendal swimming club championships

First published in Sport

KENDAL swimmers gathered at the Lakes Leisure Pool to pit their skills against each other in another round of Club Championships.

The final of the U/10yrs Championships which were swum using front crawl produced some fine results.

The girl's event saw up and coming Megan Jones defending her championship and she did not flinch from her task.

She got a fast start and quickly broke away, holding her nerve to power her way to a storming finish. It was an outstanding win as she put her name on the trophy once again ahead of Josie Johnson and Rosie Swallow.

In the boys event Louie Tideswell proved to be in fine form. Although a closer finish than the girls he dominated all the way, hitting the line ahead of James Sanders and Thomas Duke.

Doubling the distance and stroke to 50m backstroke it was Jones again who got into the mix, this time with Johnson and Taylor-Jayne Chapple. Another brilliant start put her on the front to set a steady tempo. An immaculate turn kept her ahead and she won with Johnson taking silver and Chapple bronze.

Sanders claimed the boy's trophy with a highly satisfying backstroke display. Taking an early lead, he held off challenges from Tommy Klijn and Reuben Swallow for a comfortable win.

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All the hard training paid off for 12-year-old Emily Reay, who emerged as an outstanding winner in the 200m breaststroke. Shoulder to shoulder with Jane Day and Lauren Domville, they battled for honours over the eight lengths. Gradually Reay’s power and strength enabled her to nose ahead and set her on the road to victory with Day taking silver and Domville bronze.

The boys race told a different story with Daniel Armstrong forging ahead of his rivals, Ritchie Budd and Harry Denney. His challengers had no answer and Armstrong was able to drive to the finish to take the trophy leaving Budd (silver) and Denney (bronze) to battle it out for the minor places.

The premier events of the year, the 100m freestyle, saw Denney turn the tables after he produced a swim from the Gods. Showing lots of youthful exuberance and superb technique, he took command of the race and saved his best effort for the final length, finishing with a powerful burst to win ahead of Budd (silver) and Armstrong (bronze).

The ladies event brought Reay her second trophy of the evening with another powerhouse display. Under pressure from Day and Laura Garrick the race developed into a titanic battle. Holding their nerve they produced immaculate turns and transitions, but Reay used all her power to get a short lead and under extreme pressure, she held on to triumph over Garrick (silver) and Day (bronze) to complete a great year of swimming for the Club.

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