YOUNG members of Helensburgh Amateur Swimming Club were back among the medals at the one-day Kingston Sprints event at Larkhall Leisure Centre.

Hot on the heels of the club’s fine showing in the Argyll and Bute trials for the Scottish Schools National Championships, HASC sent a strong team of eight swimmers to the Lanarkshire venue.

The Helensburgh contingent set new personal best times (PBs) in no fewer than 20 of the day’s 26 events, with all eight team members securing a PB in at least one event.

Four members of the team excelled on the day, bringing home three gold medals and one bronze between them.

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Isabella Brown was the youngest of the Helensburgh gold medal winners after her first place finish in the 50-metre butterfly event in the age 10 category.

In the age 12 category, Lily Boultby also won gold, shaving 4.76 seconds off her PB in the 50m backstroke event in the process, while she also improved by a huge 5.13 seconds on her PB in the 50m butterfly race.

The third Helensburgh swimmer to stand atop the podium was Ethan Parsons, competing in the age 13 category, who secured a gold medal in the 50m breaststroke, while Michael Payne’s bronze in the age 14 50m freestyle event completed Helensburgh’s medal haul on the day.

Special mention also goes to the remaining members of the team, who improved on their PB times by significant margins – none more so than Olivia Kershaw-Yates, in the age 10 section, who recorded new PBs in all four of her events.

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Among Olivia’s achievements was the biggest single improvement of the day, as she chopped a whopping 19.97 seconds off her PB in the 50m butterfly, alongside improvements of 7.82 seconds in the 50m backstroke, 5.02secs in the 50m breaststroke and 3.68secs in the 50m freestyle.

Notable PBs were also set by Della Smith, swimming in the age 12-13 category, who improved on her 50m backstroke PB by an excellent 6.72 seconds, while Ellie Crome, in the age 9 category, took 6.42 seconds off her 50m freestyle best.

Lastly, Breagha Higgins, a new addition to the club, secured strong PBs in two of her three events in the age 10 category – a great start to her Helensburgh competition performance.

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