Vearncombe claims medal on his international debut, while Leander and Mount Kelly swimmers impress in Edinburgh

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Cameron Vearncombe marked his international debut by winning a medal at the Para-Swimming World Series event in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.

S14 athlete Vearncombe, who will represent Great Britain at this summer’s World Para-Swimming Championships, took multi-class bronze in the men’s 100m backstroke in Italy.

He clocked 1:02.98 to finish on classification points behind Italia’s S9 athlete Simone Barlaam and Denmark’s S14 competitor Alexander Hillhouse.

Vearncombe also came sixth and second S14 swimmer in the 100m breaststroke with a 1:10.25 swim and came seventh overall and third S14 in the 200m IM (2:17.29).

Meanwhile, Plymouth Leander and Mount Kelly swimmers were among those to impress at the Edinburgh International Swimming Meet.

Leander’s Beatrice Varley, James Hart, Tomas Trebilcock and Jacob Whibley and Mount Kelly’s Erin Little and Calvin Fry were selected to compete for the Swim England junior squad in Scotland, alongside their team-mates in club colours.

The meet saw many of Britain’s top swimmers competing, including former Plymouth swimmer Ben Proud, who won both the men’s 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly events. He clocked a meeting record of 21.72 seconds in the freestyle and swam 23.46 in the butterfly.

Leander’s young South African Olympian Aimee Canny showed her freestyle form.

She took second in a strong women’s 50m final, finishing just behind GB Olympic relay gold medalist Anna Hopkin with a 25.49 second swim.

Canny also took silver in the 200m with a 1:59.16 swim and claimed bronze in the 100m freestyle with a club record time of 54.76 seconds.  She was only beaten in that thrilling final by GB stars Freya Anderson and Hopkin. Just 0.21 of a second separated the three of them.

Mount Kelly’s Hollie Widdows won the junior women’s 100m freestyle final in 57.85, while team-mate Erin Little, competing for England, was the junior winner in the 200m freestyle with an impressive swim of 2:02.82. Little also came second in the 50m freestyle B final, while Widdows took victory in the junior 50m breaststroke final (28.23), edging out Leander’s Alma Dahl (28.26). Dahl also came third in the junior 200m IM final.

Leander’s Adam Chillingworth claimed overall bronze in the men’s 200m breaststroke event in a time of 2:14.15. Team-mate Liam Davies came seventh in the same final in 2:19.79. Chillingworth was also a finalist in the 100m breaststroke event.

Mount Kelly’s Hazal Ozkan won a bronze medal in the open women’s 200m breaststroke with a 2:31.50 swim, while she just missed out making the podiumin the 100m event, finishing fourth in 1:09.48.

Leander’s Great Britain junior international Sophie Freeman reached the main final of the 100m butterfly, while club colleague Tom Beeley was also a finalist in the men’s 200m butterfly.

Leander’s James Hart won the junior 200m butterfly in 2:05.83, while club colleague Lacey Roberts was second in the women’s junior 200m butterfly final.

Varley showed her distance strength finishing second in the women’s 400m B final in 4:18.23, coming sixth overall in the 400m IM (4:52.41) and coming second in the B final of 200m IM.

Mount Kelly’s Matthew Ward won the junior men’s 100m backstroke final in 57.81 seconds. Plymouth’s Aiden Symons-Brown also reached that final.

Leander’s Ella Turner took victory in the junior 200m backstroke final, while team-mate Evie Floate claimed third place finishes in the junior 50m freestyle final and 200m breaststroke event.

Mount Kelly’s Hubert Gdaniec touched first in the junior 200m backstroke final in 2:06.57, while Leander’s Ellie Kennington took second in the junior 50m breaststroke final.

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