October 1st, 2016

Young Blythe Barracudas perform well in junior leagues

Updated: 5:56 pm, Jul 08, 2015

IT HAS been a busy few weeks for Solihull-based Blythe Barracudas Swimming Club who took part in the third round of the Nuneaton and District Junior League and the Boldmere Water Carnival.

The club’s  ‘A’ team were in action at the Pingles Leisure Centre in Nuneaton where they finished second behind Nuneaton and Bedworth, while the ‘B’ team finished fourth behind Fox Hollies, Boldmere ‘B’ and Oldbury at Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock.

A total of 35 swimmers made a splash at the two-day Boldmere Water Carnival held at Stechford Cascades.

They were led by the impressive Lukas Whaley who secured Gold in four events (nine-year 50m butterfly, 50m and 200m freestyle and 200 individual medlay IM).

Whaley also took silver in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events as well as the 100m and 400m freestyle races, and took bronze in the 50m backstroke.

Joseph Franklin also tasted success by winning the 50m backstroke event and he won silver in the 50m freestyle.

In the ten-year age group, Toby Allen shone by accomplishing gold in the 200m breaststroke and 200 IM, while also collecting silver in the 50m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly and 50m and 100m freestyle events.

Thomas Beech won Gold in the 50m breaststroke while James Morris excelled for the 13-year-olds after picking up Gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

In the 14-year-old age group, Callum Mitchell picked up Gold in the 100m backstroke as well as silver in the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle, and he collected bronze in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle events, with Leo Sarigins also winning the 50m backstroke and 50m and 200m breaststroke.

Jessica Dean and Maria Long came away with silver in the 12-year 50m freestyle and 200m butterfly respectively, while team mate Verity Allen came away with silver in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and also came third in the 200m breaststroke.

There was more Gold to come in the shape of 13-year-old Scarlett Flynn who won the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle, as well as finishing runner-up in the 200m IM and she came third in the 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 200m breaststroke, while Danielle Armstrong, also 13, received silver in the 50m and 100m butterfly and a bronze in the 200m freestyle.

But it was 15-year-old Victoria Long who was the star of the show as not only did she receive a Gold in the 50m and 100m  backstroke, but she also set a new Meet record for both events.

And in addition she got a Gold in the 50m freestyle and a bronze in the 100m freestyle.

There were also medals for Lara Fanner, Grace Golinski, Michael Greenhill, Carys Hayes, Zack Keavney, Freya Lindsay, Samuel McLaughlin, Beth Morris, Nicola Smith and Emily Worrall.

Blythe Barracudas is a friendly club offering lessons and training opportunities for all levels of swimmers. For more information or to book a trial with a fully qualified coach visit blythebarracudas.com.

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