KENDAL has seen six competitors entered into the North West region over 15s category in the Liverpool swimming gala.

James Escolme came away as their leading figure with three championship gold and two bronze medals to add his already extensive collection.

In addition, he went on to contest the final of almost every event he swam.

He opened his account with a dazzling display of great technique and superb talent in the heats of the 200 Breaststroke.

After a close contest with Blackpool’s Mathew Charlesworth, it was only a supreme finish that gave Escolme the win in a time of 2:37.53.

The final saw him produce similar determination and he dominated the whole race.

Each challenge was met with more pace and timing his finish to perfection Escolme took the win and lowered his time to 2:37.30.

He then turned to his sprinting ability and with a great tart off the block he quickly got into his stroke pattern and turned on the screws and set a relentless ace.

As the race developed, he got better and better and making a supreme effort he forged ahead of his rivals and a powerful burst through the pressure zone saw him emerge as the fastest qualifier in the final.

Here again he continued to dominate, showing he had too much skill for his opponents.

Out of the start he again put himself on the front and met every challenge with a further burst of pace which kept him on the road to his second victory.

Going for a hat trick of victories he changed his strategy for the 100 Breaststroke by doing just enough in the heats to take him into the final.

During this event he showed all his power, aggression, skill, and talent, moving up a gear and forcing the pace.

Into the final length he drew on all his reserves to triumph in a storming finish and claim his third Gold in 1:11.95 a full second clear.

Not quite finished Escolme then went on to collect his bronze medals for his effort in the 50m Butterfly sprint and the gruelling 400m Individual Medley.

17-year=old old Molly Moran having qualified for the 50m Backstroke sprint found herself terribly unlucky.

In the heats she gave an absolutely brilliant performance to be proud of where she clocked 32.82 and a 6th place and qualified her as a finalist.

She went on to produce another brilliant swim, lowered her time to 32.52 but fell into 4th place just outside the medals. Mathew Foster took on here events, the 50 Butterfly, 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle and had highly pleasing results in all of these events.

Chloe Westmorland and Evan Dart made their debut at this event and came away delighted with their results.

Dart clocked 55:11.74 and 11th place for his 400 Freestyle and Westmorland put up 37.84 for 50 Breast and 1:23.49 for the 100 m event.

Imogen Sharp also had a great swim in the 50 Freestyle whilst Mathew Gibson took on the 200 Breaststroke and came up with a time of 3:09.35 to complete a great outing for all the competitors.