PENRITH Swimming Club annual championships took place over three weekends, with the trophies being awarded at the presentation night.

Family and friends watched and cheered as swimmers aged five and over took part in races of various strokes and distances.

Heats for each session were drawn up and races began with the 25m events for boys and girls aged eight and under. These younger swimmers took part in freestyle and backstroke, with the eight-year-olds also able to compete in breaststroke races.

Winners were: Caitlin Padgett (7 years girls overall trophy), Adie Todd (7 years boys), Eve McKeown (8 years girls) and Lucas Iredale (8 years boys).

Those aged nine and 10 competed in 50m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly and 100m individual medley events. Winners were: Jennifer Davidson (9 years girls), Elliot Kirby (9 years boys), Ellie Lloyds (10 years girls overall and 50m freestyle) and Nathan Ellwood (10 years boys overall and 50m freestyle).

Those aged 11 and over took part in 50m and 100m distances in all strokes and the 200m individual medley. They were also able to enter the men’s 400m freestyle and the ladies’ 200m freestyle.

Winners were: Saffea Armstrong (11-12 years girls overall trophy), Niamh Brenan (11-12 year girls overall sprint trophy), Kes Fountain (11-12 years boys overall sprint and overall trophies), Emily Guthrie (13-14 years girls overall sprint and overall trophies), Jack Lloyds (13-14 years boys overall trophy), Joel Parkinson (13-14 years boys overall sprint trophy), Caitlin Poulson (15 years and over girls 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, overall sprint and overall trophies), Jake Fabi (15 years and over boys 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, overall sprint and overall trophies) and Rebecca Titterington (15 years and over girls 200m individual medley trophy).

Awards were also presented to Saffea Armstrong and Jack Lloyds jointly for being the most improved swimmers, and Nathan Ellwood, Charlie Harding and Lucy Oliver for their significant effort in the Diddy League team.

The end of year presentation night was a great opportunity for swimmers to receive their awards and for the club to thank the volunteers who help run it.

Congratulations went to Lucy Oliver who represented Cumbria at the North West Inter Association Gala in Liverpool in November, competing in the 200m butterfly.

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