CUMBRIAN swimmers have been praised for their recent performances at the club Gala.

The 200 Breaststroke two young 10yr old swimmers, Elliot Dart and Adam Wojtacki gave a demonstration of competitive swimming at its best.

They both showed superb technique talent and outstanding concentration. Both made continuous challenges which were immediately met with equal responses. Into the final length they were still neck and neck and hitting the finish together it was only 100ths of a second that placed Dart ahead of Wojtacki.

The race itself was won by Max Ainsworth who stamped his mark on the event with a powerful swim to take Gold ahead of Mathew Gibson and Reece Kinley.

Ainsworth went on to add a silver medal for his all-round performance in the 200 Individual Medley.

James Escolme however led the field with some stunning performances. He opened his account with a swim from the gods in the 200 Individual Medley, taking them out and setting himself on the path to victory.

His next piece of success came in the 16/under 100m Butterfly where once again he was in a class of his own. Quickly finding his rhythm and settling into his superb stroke pattern he completely dominated the event and cruised to another comfortable victory.

The open age group however had Escolme mixing it with Jacob Klijn and the result was a close race finish with a narrow victory for Escolme with Klijn challenging all the way to the wall.

He rounded off his score with a gallant silver in the 50m Freestyle sprint. Also, in this event Austin Woodburn showed he had too much skill at Butterfly for his opponents and from the start simply drew away from Finlay Wood and timed his winning finish to perfection.

Speed merchant, Adam Stansfield had something of a mixed bag, first of all powering his way to a brilliant win in 16/U 100 Backstroke. Fighting off spirited challenges from Mathew Foster and Alex Walton he stayed composed and took gold with a clear lead.

In a blanket finish in the open category, he had to settle for silver when Jacob Klijn just got the touch ahead of him in a storming finish.

The 50 Freestyle ended with another classic, with Stansfield taking gold ahead of Escolme and Heathcote Jones.

Jake Smith showed great promise for the future taking wins in the 100 Backstroke at both 11/U and 13/U level. Both events provided solid swimming from Jack Carradice, George Kinnear, and Finlay Wood. Turning to the 10/U 50 Freestyle George Kinnear emerged once again as a star of the future with a performance to be proud of.

Holding off challenges from Elliot Dart and Lochlan Heddie he came through to win.

Finally, a 25m Freestyle race for the very young swimmers was won by Alex Wood who finished ahead of Kai Stander to take the gold.