ULVERSTON swimmers assembled at Kendal’s Leisure Centre to compete in another round of Cumbria Age Group competitions.

The squad enjoyed a high degree of success with 18 of them winning a total of 29 badges, a huge reward for their efforts.

Leading the pack was Felicity Boyle, who opened her account with a great win in the 50 breaststroke.

She got a great start and quickly found her rhythm, putting the pressure on clubmate Imogen Stoker, who proved to be her closest challenger.

Out of her turn she put in another injection of pace which got her a slight lead but Stoker was working hard and still putting on the pressure. Keeping her nerve, however, Boyle powered into the finish to take first place in 39.47 with Stoker a close second in 40.49.

Still in sprinting mode Boyle got into the mix in the 50 butterfly, once again with Stoker and Kendal’s Sophie Roberts. All three girls gave a powerful demonstration of the stroke and Boyle had to settle for second place behind Roberts with Stoker taking third.

Returning to winning ways Boyle gave a powerful display of her all-round ability in the 200 individual medley.

The first 50 saw her slightly off the pace but she pulled it all back over the 100 and with her superb breaststroke ability moved into the lead, so that through the freestyle she got into a comfortable position and came through for a six-second victory.

The 200 backstroke had her engaged in a tremendous battle with Barrow’s Jamie Leigh Tyson and both swimmers gave their all. Stroke for stroke they matched each other and coming into the finish both swimmers had to call on all their reserves.

A final burst for the pads gave Boyle a narrow victory in 2.35.59.

Ethan Alpress had a similar struggle on his hands when he and Kendal’s James Escolme fought it out for the 50 butterfly sprint title.

Shoulder to shoulder they matched each other and into the last length they both began to wind it up, pulling out all the stops in a charge for the finish.

Hitting the pads together only the timing board could split them and the win went to Alpress by one hundredth of a second.

Alpress then gave another brilliant display of his power and skill in the 100 freestyle to take second place. He completed his meet with a third place badge in the 50 breaststroke sprint.

Indya Sharp took on the 50 breaststroke and, supremely confident and showing lots of controlled aggression, completely dominated the race from start to finish for an outstanding win.

She made another super bid for glory in the 50 butterfly but was touched out into second place.

Twelve-year-old old Isaac Tizard was another outstanding winner in the 50 butterfly, where he swam brilliantly to hold off challengers and storm to victory.

Club captain Nicola Capstick, while saving her energies for the championships, slipped in a brilliant 200m swim to add another age group winner's badge to her collection. There followed a number of runners up who just missed out on first place badges but still produced great swims. Maisie Scales was prominent among these with second place in 50 butterfly and 200 backstroke together with thirds in 50 breaststroke and 200 backstroke.

Amelia Mardel was also a multiple badge winner taking runners up place at 50 breaststroke and third places at 50 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

More success came to the squad with more minor place badges going to Penelope Boyle, Abigail Caine, Reuben Eley, Alex Thompson, Orianne Sharp and Marley Griffiths making the meet a very worthwhile weekend for the Otters.