Kirkland cruises to gold as Locks Heath excel

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Locks Heath have been celebrating after success at the Southampton Open last month.

The club took a small squad to the event at The Quays Swimming & Diving Complex but they returned home with a clutch of personal bests and 10 qualifying times for the Hampshire Championships later this year.

First to reach his qualification goal was Josh Beaudro in the under-10s 100m backstroke, while talented James Hall hit his target in the boys’ 11 and 12 years 50m breastroke.

Locks were celebrating a medal when Kyle Kirkland, 10, snatched gold in the 10-year-olds 100m freestyle final before adding a bronze in the 50m breastroke.

It was a day to remember for Kirkland as he also achieved the qualifying time in the 10 years 100m breastroke and set personal bests in three out of four races.

Thomas Larby, 10, had a memorable gala as he gained personal bests in four of the five races he entered, bagging himself a 50m butterfly bronze and silver in the 100m butterfly to go alongside his qualifying times for the 50m butterfly and 50m breastroke.

Locks Heath’s female swimming contingent also excelled, with Jessica Larby, 13, setting personal bests in the 200m freestyle and 100 freestyle and also securing Hampshire qualifying times.

Larby will be joined at the county championships by Evelyn Hall, who emphatically beat her personal best in the girls’ under-10s 200m freestyle race.

May Fletcher, 10, continued the trend with a bronze medal in the girls 100m backstroke, a lifetime’s best in the 50m freestyle and yet another qualifying time for the club.

Amelia Ayling and Mia Day, both 10, and Shona McGrath, 13, all managed personal bests within their events.