Plymouth Leander enjoy success at ASA South West Age Group Champs

PLYMOUTH Leander swimmers are celebrating after winning more than 30 medals at this year’s ASA South West Age Group Championships.

One of the undoubted stars was four-times regional champion Isobel Bryant (pictured), who won an impressive eight of those medals across a range of strokes and distances.

The 12-year-old took gold in the 200 metres individual medley, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.

The Plymouth College pupil also won silver in the 50m breaststroke and 200m backstroke as well as bronze in the 100m backstroke and 800m freestyle. In addition, she was named top swimmer in her age group.

Plymouth Leander’s head coach Robin Armayan said: “Izzy did really well and she represents, among other swimmers, the future of Plymouth Leander.

“It is very encouraging and inspiring for our young swimmers to see her compete in many different events/strokes and do so in style.”

The club’s head of juniors, Neil Edwards, was also full of praise for the youngster.

“Izzy has shown she is a diverse swimmer, competing in all events ranging from 50m to 800m and across all strokes,” he said.

“She is a swimmer who competes with great determination but with incredibly high skill levels. She also has an infectious, bubbly personality and is a valued member of our squad, with a great future ahead of her.”

Other multiple medallists included, in the same 12-year-old age group, Sam Ellis.

The Plymstock School pupil dominated the butterfly events – taking gold in both the 100m and 200m and silver in the 50m. Ellis also won bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Leander’s Lana Broekhoven, a Plymouth College pupil, was the South West 100m and 200m breaststroke champion in the 14-year-old age group and took silver in the 200m individual medley.

Another 14-year-old, Honey Osrin swam to gold in the 200 IM, while also taking silver in the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 400m freestyle. There was gold for 13-year-old Oriana Noel in the same event.

Hubert Gdaniec, 13, picked up gold in the boys’ 1500m freestyle and 200m backstroke and silver in the 100m back. While there were three bronze medals for 14-year-old Salvador Gordo in the 100 and 200m backstroke, as well as the 100m freestyle.

Ella Bardgett, 13, picked up five silvers – in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle as well as the 50m backstroke.

Thirteen-year-old David O’Loughlin raced to bronze in the 50m backstroke and 100m butterfly. And Ethan Philipson (13) picked up a silver in the 200m butterfly.

Edwards was delighted with the team’s performance.

He said: “It is great to see our young swimmers with such a range of strengths and swimming in a manner which points towards long term success.”

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