PENRITH Swimming Club competed in the final round of the Cumbria Sprint League at Kendal. Swimmers from clubs around the county compete at two venues and results are collated before points are awarded.

Competition is in three categories 12 and 13 years, 14-16 years and 17+. In the last couple of years, the Penrith club has struggled to raise a team for this event, and nearest neighbours Appleby have not fielded a team in this year’s competition. Consequently, a number of swimmers from Appleby are now representing Penrith, to the benefit of both clubs.

Penrith, however, had no swimmers aged 17+ which meant that those aged between 14 and 16 consistently had to compete against older swimmers and therefore had to take part in a substantial number of races in the gala. Their fitness and willingness to contribute to the team effort were much in evidence. Older swimmers who are interested in competing would be be very welcome at the club.

Overall, Penrith were placed ninth out of 10 competing teams with 164 points. They had one overall winner, Chloe Wilcox, in the 14-16 girls’ 50m breaststroke in 37.57 and she was also third in the same event for girls aged 17+ in 37.86.

Danny Smith was second in the 14-16 boys’ 50m breaststroke in a time of 34.14 and was fourth in the same event for 17+ boys in 34.23.

The girls’ 4x25m breaststroke relay team came fourth in 1.17.29, despite the fact that they were all swimming out of their age group.

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