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Gold rush shows Victoria has plenty of Blythe spirit

Victoria Long stole the show for Blythe Barracudas Swimming Club when the talented 13-year-old won gold in all of her eight events at the Rugby Open.

Victoria Long, City of Birmingham Swimming Club
Victoria Long, City of Birmingham Swimming Club

Victoria Long stole the show for Blythe Barracudas Swimming Club when the talented 13-year-old won gold in all of her eight events at the Rugby Open.

There were also victories for 10-year-old Aidan Mitchell in the 50 metres butterfly and 100m freestyle; Scarlett Flynn, aged 12, in the 50m breaststroke; and 15-year-old Abbie Cooke in the 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley at the meeting .

Maria Long and Mia Porter, both aged 10, also put in strong swims at the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre to take silver and bronze in the 100m butterfly.

At the Coventry and District Swimming Association Secondary’s Galas, held at Nuneaton Pingles pool, Blythe triumphed with medals in 38 categories.

Victory was sweet for 10-year-old Verity Allen in the 50m breaststroke; Erin Molloy, aged 11, in the 100m breaststroke; 13-year-old Ella Reel in the 50m and 100m breaststroke; 15-year-old Abbie Cooke in the 50m and 100m breaststroke as well as 100m and 200m freestyle; 12-year-old Scarlett Flynn in the 100m freestyle; and 14-year-old Jack Wilson in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

Superb swims also came from 11-year-olds Zack Keavney and Michael Greenhill, who took silver in the 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke and 13-year-old Callum Mitchell, with silver in the 50m backstroke.

Eleven-year-old Freya Lindsay also scooped bronze in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle and 14-year-old Jack Wilson earned bronze in the 100m freestyle.

There were further bronze medals for 10-year-old Lauryn Leedham in the 50m freestyle and 13-year-old Sophie Wright in the 50m butterfly.

At the second round of the Nuneaton Junior League, Blythe Barracudas B team excelled to take the top spot and are now second in Division Three with one round to go.

The A team fought tough opposition to finish a creditable fifth.

The Mercian League followed swiftly afterwards with Blythe up against some top teams at Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre.

The squad put in a brilliant performance to finish third on the night and now go forward to the second round in 13th position overall.

n Blythe Barracudas is a friendly swimming club offering training and learn to swim opportunities for all levels of swimmers.

To book a trial with one of the fully qualified coaches, please visit www.blythebarracudas.com.

 

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