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IT WAS a golden day for Locks Heath as they recorded 44 personal bests at the Fareham winter meet.

Coach Lynda Reid led a team of 20 swimmers to Waterlooville for their third gala of the month, where they also clocked five more Hampshire qualifying times and bagged 28 medals.

Lucy Newton picked up two golds for the girls’ 10 years age group with her performances in the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle.

She also added three silver medals in the 50m and 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle.

In the girls’ age nine category, Mary Edwards picked up a gold – getting a personal best along the way – in the 50m backstroke and then added a silver with another top time in 50m freestyle.

Nine-year-old Evelyn Hall got silver in 50m backstroke and a bronze for her 200m freestyle.

Arabella Suttie went home with four medals – two silver and two bronze for her efforts in the 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke.

Jessica Larby gained three personal bests in five events.

She collected a gold for her 50m breaststroke, two silvers in the 50m and 200m freestyle, and two bronze medals in 100m freestyle and 100m individual medley.

The boys did equally well, with William Whitlock collecting five medals – two silvers in the 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle and three bronze in 100m backstroke, 50m and 200m breaststroke.

He also secured himself a spot in two more events at the Hampshire Championships in March.

Thomas Larby added to his medal collection with a 50m butterfly gold and a bronze in 200m backstroke.

Kyle Kirkland also impressed by winning the 200m on his backstroke.

He won a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle, too.

James Hall swam a personal best and took bronze in the 100m breaststroke.

Other members of the team racked up 24 personal bests.

These included Gracie Pick, aged nine, Shannon Lamb, Harrison Kennedy, Finley Doubleday and Jan Stoop, all 10, James Presdee and Sophie Firth, both 11, Shona McGrath, Tess Edwards and Hannah Roberts, all 12, and Jack Newton, 13.