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Swimming stars achieve success at Urdd National Gala

Swimming stars achieve success at Urdd National Gala

A host of talented swimmers at Rydal Penrhos achieved success at a prestigious national competition.

Following their success at the regional heats last November, the talented young swimmers descended on South Wales for the event, which took place on Sunday, January 22 at the Wales National Swimming Pool, Cardiff.

There were a number of impressive performances from the team throughout the gala, with UK-ranked sensation Zac Speakman coming away with a pair of silver medals.

Despite racing against older and more experienced opposition, the 14-year-old produced podium finishes in both the 20m metre individual medley and 200m butterfly.

Narrowly missing out on a medal was lower sixth pupil Mollie Smithfield, who produced a fine effort to finish fourth in the freestyle event, while Samiya Garrod came seventh in the girls’ backstroke.

There was further success in the relay events, with the Year 9/10 boys’ relay team of Speakman, Teddy Roberts, Finlay Hare and Eddie Farrell achieving a fifth place finish in what was a highly competitive final.

The Year 7/8 freestyle relay team of John Williams, Osca Clark, Tom Hughes and Josh Peevor came sixth in their final, in a time of 2:23.79.

Maciej Ruszkowski, head of swimming at Rydal Penrhos, said: “It was a marvellous effort and all swimmers are to be congratulated for their performances.

“Zach proved once again why he is one of the best swimmers in the country, while Mollie and Samiya showed their enormous potential with a pair of creditable efforts.

“All of the team prepared superbly for this event and it showed with their overall results and I am absolutely delighted with the amount of medals we managed to bring home to Rydal Penrhos.”

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