Swimming: Minnows make a splash at their first competitive event
YOUNGSTERS got their first taste of competitive swimming as Cleethorpes and District Swimming Club (CADs) held their annual Minnows and Sprints gala.
The event gave the club's under nines a chance to rub shoulders with older, more established swimmers, as well as sampling the atmosphere of a competitive gala.
This year, around 140 of the club's swimmers took part, with the 'Minnows' contesting 25-metre sprints and older swimmers competing over 50 metres.
Bethany Crump (22.42 seconds) and Beth Lister (22.90) fought out a close finish in the eight-year-old girls 25-metre butterfly event, with Evie Barber coming home in third place.
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Meanwhile, Lucy Woodliffe, Sophie Wilikinson and Amy Brown secured the '1,2,3' in the nine-year-old girls 25-metre butterfly.
In the boy's category, Connor Ewens and William Gaskell finished first and second respectively in the eight-year-old boys 25-metre butterfly, with Oliver Bradley (18.24) and Harvey Harris (22.58) taking the top two places in the nine-year-old category.
Seven-year-old Riley Knoyle swam impeccably to finish first in the 25-metre backstroke, with Finlay Buxton taking first place in his debut event,
Knoyle continued to dominate the girls seven years and under category as she went on to be placed first in the breaststroke and freestyle.
The 50-metre breaststroke age group event saw ten-year-old Lucy Krofchak underline her potential with a time of 42.24.
Meanwhile, Caitlin Hunt gained her first club medal with a third-place finish in the girls 10 and 11-year-old age group.
Elsewhere, in the breaststroke age group racing, Caitlin Bower and Oliver Webster once again showed how it should be done.
The programme was brought to a close with the freestyle events.
Buxton swam to first place in the 25-metre seven-years-old and under category, which ultimately saw him awarded the 'Top Seven Year Old Boy' accolade.
Beth Lister also had a sub-20 second swim in the 25-metre freestyle, while Oliver Bradley put in a time of 16.56 in the boys nine-year-old age category as he took the top nine-year-old boys title.
For more information on CADs or to get involved visit www.cadsclub.co.uk or call 07758 876295.