Belper Marlins cruise to gala win

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Belper Marlins kicked off the gala season in style to blow away the opposition.

The Marlins turned in superb swims to bag 133 points and defeat Leek (96), Dove Valley (94) and Ashbourne (88) in the first of four competitions to decide which club is the best.

Two years ago Belper won but then lost the trophy last year as they were simply too fast for the competition and were given too many speeding tickets at the start.

This year times from previous swims were examined and competitors were recruited who were either new to the competition scene or were not swimming their favourite stroke.

It paid dividends as Belper came home in first place in the majority of events, with swims of note coming from Monty Wright, Ruby Haslam, Maisie Chamberlain, Bertie Jackson, Megan Oram, Philip Lamb, Lauren Tomlinson, Nick Skinner and Maddie Tatham.