Heath heroes turn on the style

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Locks Heath talents put the win into Windsor as they scooped 14 gold medals at the Berkshire town’s recent open competition.

Emma Trotman led the way with a five-star display, which included four meet records.

The 13-year-old ace took golds in the 100m individual medley (IM) – where she finished a whopping three seconds ahead of her nearest rival – the 200m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.

Trotman also bagged bronze in the 50m butterfly as her team scooped 33 medals on the day.

Zita Edwards, 12, set personal-best times on her way to gold medals in all her events – the butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke over 50m and the 100m individual medley.

Taking the club’s other gold medals in the age group was Rhian Johnson, 12, who won the 50m and 100m freestyle.

Johnson also finished third to claim bronze in the 200m freestyle.

Ellie Fletcher clocked 33.23secs in the 50m butterfly to take a silver medal and Lily Parker smashed her best in the 100m freestyle to take a bronze.

In the younger age groups, 10-year-old Georgia Bennetts continued to show her strength in the butterfly – taking gold over 50m. She added silver medals in the 50m breaststroke and 100m IM and a bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Fresh from celebrating her 10th birthday, Emily Barker defeated older rivals as she bagged gold in the 50m breaststroke.

Barker then took bronze in the 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 100m IM.

Nine-year-old Arabella Suttie – in only her second open meet – won silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in her 100m IM.

William Whitlock, 10, came away with gold in the 50m backstroke and a 50m freestyle silver. He also set a personal best in his 50m breaststroke on his way to one of three bronze medals.

Alex Barker, who had just turned 13, swam a personal best to win a 100m IM silver.

He also took bronze in the 50m breaststroke and butterfly, where he set a new best of 34.23s.

Meanwhile, fellow Locks Heath aces Jessica Larby, Tess Edwards, Gracie Hodgkinson, Jemima Moses, Harriet Brocklebank, Emily Tidby, Rebecca Golton, Shona McGrath, Ben Wilton, and Sam Rush clocked personal bests.

Prior to the Windsor meeting, Larby, Whitlock and Bennetts were in action in Horsham.

Whitlock, in particular, turned in a stunning performance as he clocked a south east regional qualifying time for his gold-medal winning swim in the 200m butterfly.

He also took gold in the 200m IM – bettering his own best time which was already a regional qualifying time.

Bennets took first in the 200m butterfly – her first ever race in the event.

The 10-year-old took the lead at halfway and fought off a last-gasp challenge to secure gold. She also won bronze for her 50m breaststroke.