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Treble medal success for City of Bradford swimmer Stirk
City of Bradford swimmers travelled to Ponds Forge in Sheffield for their first competition since the summer break.
Twelve-year-old Myles Stirk stole the limelight at the The Yorkshire Swimming Association’s Winter Competition, claiming county gold medals in the 200m individual medley and 100m freestyle.
He also claimed silver in the 100m backstroke.
Sister Isobel dipped under the minute mark in the 14 years and over 100m freestyle in a time of 59.46 to finish in fifth place.
Thirteen-year-old Mille Foulds was City’s only other medallist with a third place finish in the girls’ 100m backstroke in a time of 1.10.24.
Andrew Metterick showed determination when he narrowly missed out on the medals in the boys' ten years 50m breaststroke, coming home in fourth place. He also finished ninth in the 100m medley.
Rising talent Dalton Clapham had an excellent weekend with no less than four top-ten placings in the boys' nine years 50m butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle and the longer 100m medley.
Carrying on from a highly successful season last year, Eva Chapman opened her new season account with a fourth-place finish in the girls' 13 years 100m freestyle, seventh in the 200m medley, eighth in the 100m butterfly and ninth in the 100m breaststroke.
George Acton rose to the occasion in three finals, finishing with placings in the 11 years 100m breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle.
Joanna Gledhill swam well-paced races in the 14 years and over 100m breaststroke and backstroke to secure final placings.
James Dawson, who finished sixth in the 15 years and over 100m breaststroke, was recently selected for the Yorkshire County team and helped them to a second-place finish, beaten only by their arch rivals Lancashire at the final hurdle.
Other finalists who notched up one final placing each were Jovana Lugonja, Sam Lawman, Josh Walker and Sam O’Donohoe.
Along with a host of personal best times these swims indicate that City of Bradford can once again look forward to a successful season.
Chris Brown, meanwhile, City’s national masters swimmer, has been selected for the Yorkshire National Inter County Masters team for the meet to be held in Leeds in mid-November.