DAN Goodwin is hailing the strength in depth at Winsford Swim Club after fabulous results at the Cheshire Championships.

The club’s swimmers ended 12 sessions over three weekends in Macclesfield with a haul of 96 medals and 267 places in finals.

As a result of the overall performance, Winsford is confirmed as one of Cheshire’s top three clubs.

Tom Kud, a competitor at 15-year-olds level, led the way as he gained four of the club’s 21 gold medals, while he also achieved three silvers and a bronze.

Another 26 swimmers won at least one medal.

But Goodwin, in acknowledging ‘excellent’ results from members who ‘battled very hard’, said: “We had many swimmers contributing to our overall medal and points tally.

“Only Stockport Metro and Warrington Warriors achieved a higher position, a fantastic achievement for our club.”

Winsford’s other gold medal winners are Lois Inch (13 years), Ethan Wright (17+), Amelia Fitzgerald (11), Lewis Turner (14) Joe Mather, George Young, Ethan Jones, Henry Oliver.

He was also delighted with how the club came together to produce fine work in the relays.

“I think the highlight of the championships were the relays where we had 60 swimmers and 47 relay teams competing for our club.

“Our teams, our coaches and team managers all competed for each other as a team.

“Winsford gained a very impressive 13 medals in the relays, which again shows the strength in depth we have at our club.”

The club took a lot out of the event generally.

Goodwin said: “The Cheshire Championships wasn’t just about the results, it was also about coming together as a team and competing for Winsford Swim Team.

“It was also about having lots of fun.”

There will now be a strong focus in training on preparing for the regional championships.

Mike Parsons