WHEN Kendal Amateur Swimming Club’s youngsters took part in a 'splash dash' organised by the club at the town's leisure centre, Felicity Pattinson grabbed the chance to shine.

The nine-year-old took gold medals in all four of her events.

She got her programme underway in 25m butterfly, leading from start to finish to earn a comfortable victory.

Her 25m backstroke produced a similar result as her elegant stroke pattern earned another comfortable win.

Felicity earned a clear win in the 25m breaststroke but there was an exciting battle for the minor places as a blanket finish saw Megan Harris, Daisy Tomlinson and Kaziah Brook all hitting the finish on 31.00 seconds.

Pattinson then made a clean sweep by winning the 25m freestyle with an excellent display, again leading from start to finish.

Four of the boys all got into the mix, taking a trio of gold medals each.

Daniel Lowden, Alfie Marshall and Jack Carradice achieved success using the same strokes in their different age groups.

At butterfly Lowden and Carradice had comfortable swims, but Marshall had to work hard and in a close finish just touched out Logan Heddle.

At backstroke, the trio had easier wins, producing solid swims with their immaculate strokes, and went on to give a repeat performance at freestyle with Lowden and Carradice doing just enough to win.

However, again Marshall had to call on all his reserves and dig deep to triumph in a storming finish ahead of Oakley Walton and Jed Tansley.

But Tansley went on to turn the tables and record a superb win with an outstanding display at 25m breaststroke.

Adam Wojtacki also completed the treble, producing a brilliant effort in the 25m butterfly for his opening win then followed this up with another superb victory in the 25m backstroke.

But it was at 25m breaststroke he produced his best effort, holding off strong challenges from Elliot Dart and Lochlan Heddle to take gold.

Despite a valiant effort in the freestyle, he had to be content with the bronze medal.

Dart showed his potential by adding a gold medal to his silver with a superb effort at 25 freestyle, where after a brilliant start, he forged ahead to outpace Heddle and Wojtacki.

At butterfly and backstroke he gained further success taking the bronze medal in both events.

Chloe Dent achieved a double gold snatching a marvellous win over Amelia Shepherd in a blanket finish in the butterfly, and repeated the feat by edging out Dent again in the 25 breaststroke.

Dent then added a silver to her clutch from the 25 backstroke, whilst Shepherd got her just reward with a brilliant win to take the 25 freestyle gold. Jack Helmsley was somewhat unlucky as the 12-year-old had a comfortable victory at 25 breaststroke but then had to settle for silver at butterfly, backstroke and freestyle.

Aleksandra Whitehead and Rowan Walker emerged as outstanding winners at backstroke, followed by Zara Taylor in butterfly, Ava Dixon in breaststroke and Lua Swami in freestyle on a day which offered firm evidence the future of the club is bright.