Kendal Swimming Club’s latest round of club championships were staged at the local Leisure Centre.

The gala opened with the ladies and gents 200m individual medleys.

Megan Jones, Josie Johnson and Bethan Rowley led the field and over the four legs the result came down to Jones’s breaststroke ability where she was able to build an unassailable lead whilst posting a winning time of 2:34.71.

Ollie Sargeant, Elliot Woodburn and Thomas Klijn joined the action with some terrific all round swimming. Sargeant produced a supreme effort with strong challenges coming in he held on for the win in 2:38.33 and in the storming finish Klijn and Woodburn hit the finish together for Woodburn to take silver and Klijn the bronze.

Next came a series of 100 backstroke championships with Jones completing a hat trick of trophies taking both Senior and Junior titles where she had just too much skill for her opponents, dominating the races and timing her finishes to perfection.

Again it was Johnson and Rowley who took the minor places.

The gents and junior gents events saw a new face arrive on the block with Ben Cudby producing swims from the gods to snatch both titles holding off Sargeant and Thomas Klijn. The U/14s saw Freya Capstick, Sophie Gibson and Lucy Sargeant all working hard with Capstick gradually edging into the lead with brilliant turns and transitions.

Into the pressure zone she produced another injection of pace to win in 1:18.72. In the boys final Elliot Woodburn reigned supreme taking the trophy with a clear 6sec lead over Jacob Klijn and James Escolme.

Another new face emerged with Sophia Roberts winning her first Championship in the U/12s showing great technique and superb talent.

Saving her exertions for a supreme effort over the last length she forged into the lead and took the win with Keira Nelson and Lucy Klijn chasing hard for the minor places.

Escolme, in brilliant form, got away to a powerful start and as the boys race developed he got better. His stroke pattern was superb and full of confidence he pulled well clear of Jake Gibson and Alex Walton. Coming through to win he hit the finish in 1:20.13 with 10 seconds to spare over his challengers.

Then it was on to 50m breaststroke and again with Jones in dominant form she stormed to her fourth victory of the evening taking the ladies championship in 35.72, heading off Johnson who took silver, while Alice Eastwood took the bronze.

Daniel Armstrong produced a solid piece of sprinting to take the gents title ahead of Gregor Fletcher and Elliot Woodburn.

The U/11s then got their chance to shine and Chloe Westmorland and Mathew Foster proved popular winners over runners up Kate Collin and Mathew Gibson, followed by Evelyn Atkinson and Mathew Capstick taking bronze.

The front crawl leg of the U/10s Championship saw Kate Collin and Mathew Capstick take maximum points with brilliant sprinting. Annie Bottomley and Leo Kelsall took 2nd places with Elissa Kinley and Iestyn Morgan held onto the 3rd places.