THE heat has been on for Skipton’s senior swimmers who have been competing at Ponds Forge Sheffield in the ASA North East Regional Open Championships.

Two days of racing saw the fastest swimmers from Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley, Northumberland, County Durham, Yorkshire and Humberside gather together to compete to be the fastest in each event.Sixty-seven clubs were represented, and the standard of swimming was high.

Skipton had seven swimmers achieve the challenging qualifying times enabling them to compete in many events, and all the swimmers came away from the championships having achieved something to be proud of. Team Skipton were represented by Madison Turner of Salterforth, Charlotte Kenneth of Ilkley, Ellen Wright of Cowling, Paige Fenton of Silsden, Ethan Camsey of Carleton, Luke Midgley of Silsden and Ned Sharp of Long Preston.

Fenton demonstrated her talent for breaststroke by making the finals in all three open events, her top placing being an impressive fourth place in the 100metres final with a time of 1.16.17 seconds.

Paige also earned a well-deserved fifth place finishes in the 50m with a time of 35.34 seconds and 200m in 2.45.93.

Fourteen-year-old Ned Sharp also had a great weekend qualifying for eight events and competing in seven.

He made the finals of the men's open 50m butterfly and came eighth with a time of 26.65 seconds.

Sharp competed in 50m freestyle with a time of 25.88 seconds, and swam 100m freestyle in 55.42 seconds and 200m freestyle in 2.05.90.

He also competed in 50m breaststroke, 100m butterfly and the 200m Individually Medley.

Ethan Camsey also had a good weekend, competing in seven events including 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 100m and 200m butterfly, 100m freestyle and the 200m individual medley.

Luke Midgely swam well over the two days, competing in five events including 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke, 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Talented Backstroke swimmer Madison Turner aged 13 qualified for three events,performed well and earned new personal best times.

Ellen Wright qualified for the 50m breaststroke and swam a time of 38.73 seconds. Charlotte Kenneth swam in the 100m breaststroke event and clocked 1.24.60.