PENRITH Swimming Club members competed in the Cumbria age group championships, held over three weekends in March, in Kendal, Copeland and Carlisle.

Individual swimmers must achieve qualifying times in order to compete in the 18 events against other swimmers from within the county in their age groups. There are also open finals, in which the six fastest swimmers across all the age groups are invited to compete.

The swimmers representing Penrith this year were Jake Fabi, Caitlin Poulson, Emily Guthrie, Kes Fountain, Lucy Oliver and Ellie Lloyds. All six recorded personal best times in some of their races.

Notable performances came from Kes, Caitlin and Lucy, who achieved various second and third places in their age groups. Jake had an exceptional meet, coming home with five first places, six seconds and a third. In addition, he qualified and swam in five of the open finals.

The final weekend in Carlisle also saw teams from each of the county clubs vie for honours in freestyle and medley relay events, including heats and finals.

These races were highly competitive and loudly supported by both spectators and the remaining swimmers at poolside.

Penrith teams were: 9-10 girls Aimee Fowles, Lucy Oliver, Ellie Lloyds and Emily Airey, who made the final in freestyle; 11-12 girls Saskia Todd, Sophie Thompson, Freya Weston and Keeley Thompson; 11-12 boys Kes Fountain, Charlie Harding, Tom Hill and Solomon Johl; and the 15-18 boys Jake Fabi, James Streatfield, Joel Parkinson and Luke Brown. Both boys teams made the medley and freestyle finals.

Congratulations and thanks went to all the swimmers and volunteers who represented the club at the championships.

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