Swimming: Brighouse quartet tipped to make waves as international venues host county finals

Ben Calligan, Cameron Price, Poppy Layden-Fritz, Laura Whittington who are headed to the county finals.
Ben Calligan, Cameron Price, Poppy Layden-Fritz, Laura Whittington who are headed to the county finals.

Ponds Forge in Sheffield and the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds will host the Yorkshire Championships 2016 next month and four members of Brighouse Swimming Club have booked their place in the long course events.

Poppy Layden-Fritz will be making her second appearance at the championships, but this is her first time with Brighouse SC after the Wakefield Girls High School pupil had her first outing with Borough of Kirklees Swimming Club.

The 12-year-old will be going up against others of the same age in the 50m butterfly.

Poppy is joined by St Joseph’s Primary School pupil, 10-year-old Laura Whittington, who is making her debut at the Yorkshires. Laura will be competing in the 100m backstroke.

Also putting a smile on his parents’ faces is 13-year-old Cameron Price who has qualified for the 50m breaststroke and he will be joined by 10-year-old Ben Callaghan, competing at the same distance and same stroke for his age group.

The boys say they train three or four times a week but will be definitely making it four times as they head towards the competition.

All four of them show no signs of nerves and if anything are excited because through various competitions along the way they have made friends from other clubs and they are always very sociable events.

Elsewhere, Kirklees and District Gala 4 was held on Sunday afternoon at Huddersfield Leisure Centre. Fourteen swimmers from Brighouse Swimming Club took part and yet again came home with cups, trophies, medals and finalist ribbons.

Their youngest competitor, Daisy Bottomley competed again in the nine and 10-year-old girls 50m freestyle.

She swum her way into a final and then came fourth overall. Team-mate Evan Clark took his place in the finals too in the Boys 9-10 years 50m freestyle and finished sixth.

Young Ben Calligan won bronze medal in the Boys 50m breaststroke. Three swimmers participated in the Open event of the 200m individual medley. Ellis Kaye finished in 10th place, Aliya Bacakoglu in 16th place and Martha Garnett 18th place.

The club’s big boys were back on form too this past weekend taking third, fourth and fifth places in the Boys’ Open 50m butterfly; Ben Bottomley won bronze, Cameron Price was fourth and Dylan Walch fifth.

Ten-year-olds Laura Whittington and Ruby Harris swum the 100m individual medley, and both girls secured a place in the final with Laura winning the silver and Ruby finishing fourth place for a finalist ribbon.

In the Girls’ 12-year-old section, Aliya Bacakoglu and Martha Garnett both swum 100m breaststroke. Aliya just missed out on a finalist spot in ninth place and Martha finished 11th. Spencer Snowden had a great swim too in the boys 12 years 100m freestyle, finishing seventh.

There was good news for BSC’s older girls in the 13 years section.

Anneka Barmby and Katherine Howell, who are only on their second competition, both won a place in the final after swimming fabulous times in their heats. Anneka had a superb swim in the final to win bronze with Katherine taking seventh.

BSC’s oldest swimmers on the day, Cameron Price and Ben Bottomley, earned gold and silver respectively in the 14-years 1oom breaststroke.

The last event of the afternoon was the Boys Open and Junior 100m Breaststroke, and youngsters Evan Clark and Ben Calligan gave it all they could, finishing in 15th and 16th position.