Gala success for Buxton swimmers

Sophie Byrne. Photo: Sam Longden.
Sophie Byrne. Photo: Sam Longden.
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ONE OF the final galas of the season saw Buxton Swimming Club return with a fantastic haul of 16 medals and trophies.

Buxton sent an 11-person squad, mentored by stand-in coaches for the day Sam Longden, Trisha Longden and Karen Byrne, to the Ripley RASCALS open meeting.

Buxton Swimming Club. Photo: Sam Longden.

Buxton Swimming Club. Photo: Sam Longden.

Chloe Foster came away with trophies for second and third place in the 50m backstroke and freestyle events respectively, and also won a medal for finishing sixth in the 50m breaststroke.

Matthew Barrett and Liam Howard both finished the day with third-place trophies for 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke respectively, with Howard picking up an extra medal for fifth place in his 50m butterfly swim.

Tom Prince finished first in the 50m breaststroke but was unfortunately faster than the cut-off time. He later picked up a medal for sixth place in the 50m freestyle.

Perhaps the surprise package of the day was older brother Ben Prince who smashed his 100m freestyle time by 12 seconds - and also exceeded the cut-off time - edging himself closer to a Midland time. He later went on to pick up a trophy for first place in the 100m backstroke.

Antonia Dick collected medals for fourth and sixth place in the 100m backstroke and freestyle. Michaela Dick, along with Maisie Needham, narrowly missed out on medals in their events in what was a very difficult nine-year-old age group.

The day’s senior swimmers Sophie Byrne and Lily Howard picked up a prize in every event they entered. Byrne secured no less than three first-place trophies for 100m butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke, and swam faster than the cut-off time in the 200m individual medley.

Howard picked up second-place trophies for 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly, freestyle and backstroke, before adding a third-place trophy for 100m breaststroke.