IT MIGHT have been a small contingent of Ulverston Otters who travelled to Carlisle for the local club's annual swimfest, but they did the club proud.

Up against top swimmers from all over the county and beyond, they performed well with nine-year-old Jay Mulama and 11-year-olds Olivia Penullum and Mallachy Kenny in dazzling form.

At 50 butterfly Mulama reigned supreme, building on a great start in his heat to accelerate away to become fastest qualifier for the final in 55.11. The final proved even better as he set a relentless pace and burned off the opposition.

A brilliant turn and transition saw him move up a gear and storm to victory and a fabulous pb time of 51.31.

Still in sprint mode, he won another heat at 50 backstroke but despite setting another pb in the final he had to settle for the silver medal in 50.01.

Mulama then moved on to the longer distance events and a solid performance in the 100 breaststroke saw him just touched out of the gold medal spot but gaining a creditable silver.

His final success came with a superb demonstration of all round swimming in the 100 individual medley, where an outstanding all round effort saw him pick up a second silver medal.

Pennellum demonstrated tremendous all round talent.

She began by qualifying for three out of four finals in the sprints then did well in the longer distance events and was never outside the top ten in the 12 races she competed in.

The final of the 50 butterfly saw especially outstanding as she showed great technique and in an exciting finish took the silver medal.

Still displaying her sprinting prowess, she achieved a similar result in the final of the 50 freestyle, then produced some highly commendable results in the 100m events and finished her day with a superb all round effort in the 200 individual medley.

Kenny also had some highly satisfactory results, making the finals of the 50 backstroke and butterfly and also took on the 100 breaststroke and freestyle, then made his final contribution with a satisfactory effort in the 100 individual medley.

The Otters' other medal win came from Adam Jones who produced an outstanding swim to take the bronze in the 100 butterfly.

His power and undulations in the stroke were a joy to see and he went on to produce solid efforts in the 50, 100 and individual medley events.

The older swimmers also worked hard throughout the meet and Nisanth Arun, Annabel Crayston, Erica Nicklin, Abigail Miller and Adrian Lee Cheong all produced some impressive performances on an excellent day for the club.