A squad of Barnstaple Swimming Club's youngest members returned from the Devon Developments competition with an impressive array of medals and personal performances. The haul included 25 gold medals, 3 silvers and seven bronzes and the squad returned wit

A squad of Barnstaple Swimming Club's youngest members returned from the Devon Developments competition with an impressive array of medals and personal performances. The haul included 25 gold medals, 3 silvers and seven bronzes and the squad returned with 67 personal best times and also secured five top-three age group placings. The Developments competition is specifically aimed at encouraging those swimmers who have not had a chance this year of competing at a higher level.The girls were in particularly good form, headed by Nicole Lathwell, who secured overall first place in the 12 years age group on the Bagcats points scoring system. Nicole won eight gold medals, of which six were personal best times, one silver medal and 2 bronze medals. Equally impressive was Megan Clark in the 13 years age group. Megan brought home seven gold medals, of which six were personal best times, a first place in the gruelling 1,500 metres freestyle, again in a personal best time, two silver medals and she also came first in her age group for the Bagcat points.Four boys each gained two gold medals apiece. Josh Surridge, Nicholas Moore, Sam Wordley and Alex Lane-Beech also secured personal best times in the process. Sam also gained overall second place in his age group and Alex was third in his. Thomas Clark gained a gold medal in the 10 years 200m backstroke.Hannah Gaunt, Megan Benton, Bethan Funning and Jessica Butler continue to show tremendous promise with a display of outstanding performances against strong opposition in their respective age groups.Many of the club's training sessions have now finished for the summer break, but will resume on Thursday, September 4. But senior squad swimmers will continue with their training schedule in preparation for the forthcoming Speedo National Swimming League campaign, which begins in October.