MOUNT Kelly College’s Italian star Federico Burdisso and Plymouth Leander’s Great Britain international Laura Stephens were among the big names to impress at the South West Winter Swimming Championships at Millfield.
European senior medallist Burdisso has only recently returned from the Olympic Youth Games in Argentina, where he won three medals, but the talented teenager showed no signs of tiredness to win
The 17-year-old won three golds and a bronze medal. He triumphed in the 200m butterfly (1:57.24) – the event where he won European bronze in Glasgow – and also triumphed in the 50m butterfly (24.29) and 100m IM (55.67) and took bronze in the 100m breaststroke. His brother Alessandro Burdisso finished second to him in the 50m butterfly and 100m IM.
Stephens, who competed at April’s Commonwealth Games, opted not to do her specialist butterfly events at Millfield, but she still returned home with four golds and a silver.
She won the 100m freestyle (55.96 seconds), 100m backstroke (1:00.75), 200m IM (2:14.04) and 400m freestyle (4:12.16) and took silver in the 400m IM.
Stephens’ young Leander team-mate Sophie Freeman impressed in Somerset. Although still young enough for the under-15 category, she won the senior 200m butterfly (2:15.33) title and took senior silvers in the 100m butterfly, 200m backstroke and 800m. She also won age group golds in the 400m freestyle and 200m backstroke.
Club colleague Ivo Staub claimed two golds and a silver. He won the 50m freestyle (22.59) and 50m backstroke (25.56) and took second in the 50m breaststroke.
Another swimmer to win two golds was Mount Kelly’s Commonwealth Games swimmer Niamh Robinson. She won the 100m IM and 50m breaststroke and took silver in the 200m breaststroke.
Fellow Mount Kelly swimmer Harry Noble won the 100m and 200m backstroke races, while team-mate Athena Clayson took gold in the women’s 50m backstroke and silvers in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke.
There were also gold medals for Mount Kelly’s Emily Haimes and James Bartley and Leander’s Freddy Clampett, Adam Chillingworth, Oriana Noel and Thomas Beeley.
Other Leander swimmers to make the podium included Liam Davies, James Hart, Ella Bardgett, Will Cole, Aimee Brownridge, Reece Dunn, Hubert Gdaniec.
Sam van der Stroom, Douglas Kelly, Caitlyn Fry, Scarlett Orchard, Sandor Apponyi, Oliver Taverner, Joseph Sin, Bella Hodges, Ben Harrison, Angel-Syke Davenport, Max Cooper, Macy Lawrence and Jacob Newcombe were among Mount Kelly’s medal winners.