Barracudas are making a splash

Leyland Barracudas A team
Leyland Barracudas A team

Leyland Barracudas took approximately 70 swimmers aged from 8-12yrs to Everton Pool to partake in their first match of the season which was a series of team relays against Southport, Crosby, Ormskirk and Garston.

For the younger swimmers this was their first taste of competitive swimming and how they all rose to the challenge.

It didn’t take long before Leyland got their first win of the afternoon.

The 10-year- old boys A team of Jacob Hughes, Aiden Moore, Ben Porter and Kyo Tanner all swam superb legs in the Medley relay touching home first.

These same 10-year-old boys won a further two relays, the butterfly and the freestyle events making it three wins out of four.

Both the 10 and 11-year-old girls A teams put on a sterling team display to win two relays and gain two second places.

The 10-year-old girls team of Hattie Benson, Anna Dutton, Pia Murray, Jessica Simpson, Ella Snaylam and Grace Thomson stormed to victories in the breaststroke and freestyle relays.

The 11- year-old girls, Ellie Cameron, Morgan Gaskell-French, Lucy Handford, Rebecca Handley and Leah Williams also touched home 1st in these same two events.

Alexander Dillon, Harvey King, Kyle McKenna and Oliver Pearce, all 9yrs had their first taste of success in the Medley relay. And the 11-year-old boys, Nicholas Massey, Jack Ratchford, Johnny Rowland and Christopher Smith also gained a win in the freestyle relay.

In the final three cannon events 8x1 length freestyle relays, Leyland boys A team, Alexander Dillon, Harvey King, Ben Porter, Aiden Moore, Christopher Smith, Nicholas Massey, Brandon Davies and Adam Barlow took one further 1st place. Both the girls and the mixed team came a close second.

Overall it was a great team performance from both the A and B teams. There were some superb swims and numerous personal bests were achieved. Chief Coach Gillian Rankin and team managers Peter May and Vicki Wood were all delighted at the efforts of all their young swimmers.