PLYMOUTH Leander’s Blythe Kinsman finished the South West Regional Swimming Championships with an impressive seven individual gold medals and a silver.
Kinsman had won four golds the previous week at Bristol and she followed that up at the weekend with three more titles at Millfield School.
Her performances earned her the top swimmer award for the girls’ 11/12 year-old age group.
Kinsman’s latest gold medals came in the 50m buttefly, where she clocked 29.69 seconds, the 200m breaststroke, where she touched in 2:56.89 to win by more than four seconds, and the 50m backstroke, where she finished in 31.61 seconds. She also took second in the 100m butterfly.
Club colleague Finn Broekhoven, who had won four golds at Bristol, added another title at Millfield by winning the 13-year-old boys’ 200m backstroke. He also added a silver in the 400m IM and bronzes in the 200m IM and 100m freestyle.
She had won the 50m and 100m golds at Bristol and then backed that up by winning the 200m event at Millfield in 2:49.42.
Leander’s Ruby Griffiths finished the championships with four gold medals. She added the 13 year-old girls’ 200m freestyle and 400m IM titles to the 200m butterfly and 400m freestyle crowns she had won the week before.
There were silver medals at Millfield for fellow Leander swimmers Samuel Ellis and Aidan Watts and a bronze for Isobel Bryant.
Mount Kelly’s Millie Dixon added another gold medal by winning the 11/12 year-old girls’ 400m IM at the weekend and she also took bronze in the 200m freestyle.
Dartmoor Darts’ Joshua Williams, who had won the 13 year-old boys’ 200m butterfly the week before, added silvers in the 100m butterfly and 200m breaststroke at Millfield.
There were also silver medals for Mount Kelly’s Jamie O’Connor, Esm Sheffiff and James Wheatley, who also picked up bronze in the 200m backstroke.
Devonport Royal’s Lacy Roberts claimed a bronze medal in the 11/12 year-old girls’ 100m butterfly, while Tavistock’s Cara McVeigh took third in the 14 year-old girls’ 50m butterfly. She was also fourth in the 100m butterfly. Fellow Tavistock swimmer Orla McGuire could not have come closer to a medal. She just missed out by 0.04 seconds in the 13 year-old girls’ 50m freestyle.