SKIPTON Swimming Club were among Yorkshire's most talented young swimmers to come together at John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds to compete in the first leg of the Yorkshire Winter Competition.

The younger swimmers, aged 9 to 12, had some impressive swims in this short course meet, performing well across all the events in the junior age groups with numerous personal bests, top ten finishes and some silverware.

Nine-year-old Stanley Dunne made an impressive Yorkshire debut with six personal best swims and four top ten finishes.

His most memorable performance the 50m backstroke, where he took gold and was crowned nine-year-old county champion with a time of 42.38 seconds.

He went on to win bronze in the 100m individual medley and had top ten finishes in the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

His sister, Poppy Dunne, 10, also tasted Yorkshire Winter success, achieving new personal-best times in six out of eight of her qualifying events.

Her stand-out performance was fourth place in the 50m freestyle with a time of 30.06 seconds. She also claimed sixth place in the 50m backstroke.

Katie Simpson, 12, qualified for five events and secured personal bests in all of them.

Simpson stood out in breaststroke and achieved three top ten finishes in the 50m and100m breaststroke, and the 50m freestyle.

Talented swimmer Sam Smith, 12, had a great weekend, qualifying for ten events and achieving personal best swims in all of them.

Smith’s flair for freestyle and butterfly and secured him five top ten finishes in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m and 100m butterfly, and a strong performance in the gruelling 400 individual medley.

Fennella Turner, 12, qualified for all four sprints as well as the 100m backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. She swam well all weekend and improved her personal best times in all but one event.

Joe Burgess, 12, picked up five personal bests. Burgess claimed two top ten finishes in his preferred backstroke in the 50m and 100m race.

James West, 12, secured personal best times in all five swims. In the 100m breaststroke event he took eight seconds off his previous best.

Teammate Amelia Redfearn, 11, qualified for six events, securing personal bests in all but one, knocking almost three seconds off her personal best in 50m backstroke.

Harry Cockburn, 11, qualified for nine events and secured personal bests in six of them. His most noteworthy improvement was in the 100m butterfly event, where he knocked 6.5 seconds off his personal best with a time of 1:22:04 and secured a top ten finish.

Eleven-year-old Zak Sheriff competed in the Backstroke and Butterfly 50m Sprint events and secured new personal best times in both.

Max Shillito, 11, competed in five events and secured personal bests in all but one, knocking almost seven seconds off his 100m backstroke time.

Harris Thompson, 10, qualified for four events and achieved new personal best times in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke races.

Rowan Box qualified for an impressive eight events and secured personal bests in six of them. The talented ten-year-old stood out in both breaststroke events and claimed the silver medal in the 50m breaststroke and fifth place in the 100m event.

Younger sister Rita Box, 9, competed in her first Yorkshire competition. She qualified for eight events and competed in six, securing five new personal best times and two top ten finishes in the 50m butterfly and the 100m breaststroke.

Yorkshire debutant Archie Appleby, 11, competed in the 50m breaststroke event and achieved a new personal best.

The club hope to continue their success in a few weeks when the older squad swimmers travel to Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield to compete in the second weekend of the Winter Yorkshires.