Swim stars shine

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The fifth annual Kingfishers b & c grade spring sprint meet welcomed hundreds of nine to 14-year-olds from all over the North of England.

Sixteen clubs joined Kingfishers at Scarborough Indoor Pool to enjoy a day packed full of fun and competitive swimming.

The gala is designed for young people who are just starting out on their competitive career and is set up along strict open meet rules with set cut-off times for the B and C grades.

Swimmers surpassing these times are awarded ‘speeding tickets’ instead of medals and encourages entrants to strive for personal best times.

Local clubs excelled on the day with Kingfishers swimmers being awarded 58 medals, Bridlington 37, Whitby 38, Filey 14 and Ryedale earning eight medals.

Part of the event is the ‘Skins’ finale to each session with the fastest swimmers in the nine to 11 years and 12-14 years age groups in the individual medley races qualifying for this crowd-pleasing but energy-sapping event.

Two Kingfishers swimmers excelled in this environment with Evie Lawty finishing second in the senior girls and Morgan Wilson showing lots of stamina and determination to win the junior girls.

Many personal bests were set with many of the youngest swimmers, who may have been apprehensive to compete in their first open meet, clocking some truly excellent times.

The organising committee would like to thank the 50 volunteers who pitched in to run this event on the day. There will be an after-gala party for all of them at the Duchess pub a week today.