KENDAL swimmers gathered at the Lakes Leisure Centre for the season’s last set of Club Championships with the final leg of the heats in the under-10 category bringing together a host of rising stars.
The girls’ final produced an exciting finish with Suzanna Corrie securing victory in fine style after hitting the wall at the same time as Megan Bascombe and Lucy Sargeant.
However, Sargeant’s third-place gave her enough points to seal the crown as overall champion, with the boys’ equivalent producing a similar result.
Alex Tallon managed to take second position in a final burst for the wall, finishing ahead of Elliot Woodburn and Jacob Klijn – who claimed the overall champion title.
The 200m Breaststroke saw a complete change in tactics and technique, with Emily Reay emerging as leader and quickly breaking away and setting a steady tempo.
Reay dominated throughout, adding another championship to her name ahead of Ella Mounsey in second and Hannah Edwards in third.
The men’s championship was a thrilling affair with Nicholas Carlton and Daniel Armstrong battling it out for honours and Christopher Stainton also challenging.
Armstrong would not leave favourite Carlton’s shoulder as length after length they each attempted to gain an advantage.
The pair were still competing in the pressure zone and after finishing with a lung-bursting finish it was Carlton who took the title, with Armstrong second and Stainton third.
In the under-11 backstroke, both Megan Jones and Louie Tideswell showed their talents over 50m, establishing early leads before taking their championships with a fair degree of ease.
Runners-up were Josie Johnson and Elliot Woodburn, while Alice Eastwood and Jake Edwards took the third-placed positions.
As part of the club’s Premier Championships, the ladies and gents’ 100m freestyle competition produced worthy winners.
Emily Reay gave a brilliant display of all-round power, technique and skill to lift the ladies’ trophy with Mounsey and Amy Reay driving their way to silver and bronze respectively.
Nicholas Carlton dominated the gents’ event from start to finish while behind him a monumental battle unfolded between Daniel Armstrong and Stainton for the minor places.
In a desperately close finish it was Armstrong who took the silver medal and Stainton a well-earned bronze.