Belper Marlin Swimming Club members had a fantastic Sunday at the Long Eaton Gala, which was held at Derby’s Queen’s Leisure Centre.
A group of young swimmers, ranging from nine-years-old to 15 turned out to take on the opposition and prove their mettle.
After their initial warm-up, the children set to their task of annihilating their personal bests and raiding the medal and trophy table.
With parents screaming encouragement, the youngsters achieved success after success.
The three sessions allowed the children to keep their energy levels stocked up, through tubs of pasta and numerous bananas.
This was necessary as every session concluded with an all-out top six race in each age group.
Six children were going head to head, all with similar times, racing for top spot. It was good to see Marlin’s qualifying for these races and even better when they came away in the top three places.
Best placings in the heats were: Katy Dymond - second, Caitlin Oram - fifth, Sarah Dymond - third, Danny Skinner - first, William Brookes - first, Christian Boon - fifth, Cameron Haynes - first, Thomas Ingram - fourth, Samuel Brookes - first and Ryan Horobin - second.
In the 100 metres freestyle race finals, the placings were: Katy Dymond - second, Sarah Dymond - fifth, Danny Skinner - second, Cameron Haynes - second.
In the 50 metres freestyle race finals, the placings were: Katy Dymond - first, Caitlin Oram - sixth, Sarah Dymond - fifth, Danny Skinner - first, Thomas Ingram - sixth and Cameron Haynes - first.
A club spokesman said: “The day was a gold rush for the Marlins and the spirit of the team was as high as ever with every member shouting and encouraging the others.
“Personal bests were shattered and in some cases this was all they needed to put a smile on their faces.
“It was a very happy Marlin team at the end. Well done to all of you!”