Swimming: Blackpool Rocks for Otters new girl Holly

Carnforth Otters swimmers who took part in the Blackpool Rocks meeting.
Carnforth Otters swimmers who took part in the Blackpool Rocks meeting.

New girl Holly Salisbury was the star of the show for the Carnforth Otters at the Blackpool Rocks meeting.

A week before the North West Regional Championships the 13-year-old won six gold medals despite only training with the Otters for the past three months.

She knocked 12 seconds off her best 400m freestyle time, four seconds off her 200m freestyle time and five seconds off her 200m backstroke with personal bests in all her other events too.

Holly said: “I have really enjoyed the last few months training with the Otters and although the program is tough, I have seen this weekend how much I have improved.”

Christopher Stainton, 13, won five gold medals with a personal best in the 50m freestyle of 28.43.

Emily Reay, who trains with both Kendal and Carnforth Otters, represented Kendal on the day and was named the top 14-year-old girl after six gold and two silver medals.

At the younger end, Thomas Dugdale, 11, won a single gold and four silver medals with 13-year-old Ben Winterburn also demonstrating a massive improvement by swimming 2:30 for his 200m freestyle, 10 seconds faster than six months ago.

Further impressive gains where achieved by 12-year-old Matthew Crabtree, 11-year-old Kiera Richmond, Connor Salisbury and Connor White.

Nine and ten-year-old Rhys Ashton and George Cookson went head-to-head in several events, both smashing their best 200m freestyle times with major gains on their breaststroke times too.

Also bringing home bronze medals were Richard Mead in 50m backstroke and Ffion Ashton for the 50m butterfly.

In the 400m freestyle, 12-year-old Hannah Ritchie, 11-year-old Sunni Rich and 12-year-old Lydia Denby all swam well.

Alice Sands also returned to competition following illness and both William Mead and Lydia Shenton both knocking considerable chunks off their best 200m backstroke times.