PIONEER 79 Swimming Club are continuing to have a successful season as their medal haul keeps increasing.
In the first weekend of the Lancashire Age Group Championships at Manchester Aquatics Centre, Pioneer sent a small but successful squad who returned with one of the best set of results for a long time.
Luke Marriner, 14, was the most successful, scooping five medals from only three events - and three of them were gold.
Luke's first Age Group Championship title came in the 100m freestyle where he stormed to first place finishing less than half a second off his National Qualifying time.
His second gold and second Age Group Championship title came in the 200m backstroke with a win which placed him third in the 16 and under category, gaining him a bronze medal.
It was the 200m freestyle which saw Luke win his third Lancashire Championship Age Group gold and he also got second place in the 16 and under category, adding a silver to his collection.
The youngest Pioneer swimmer, 10-year-old Paige Doutel swam her heart out in the 200m butterfly to return with a silver medal as well as making the final in four other events - 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and 200m breaststroke.
Natalie Honey, from Mount Carmel, returned triumphant with a gold medal in the 800m freestyle, making her the 15-year-old Age Group Lancashire Champion - and she knocked a staggering 15 seconds off her previous best time. In her 100m freestyle, Natalie reached the final, setting another pb.
Robert Harrison, 12, competing in the 13-year-old age group and swam valiantly to reach the finals of his two events - the 100m and 200m freestyle - where he finished fourth in the 200m, just over a second away from his National Qualifying time and fifth in the 100m.
The rest of Pioneer swimmers - Bethany Honey, James Thompson and Adam Bennett - all achieved personal bests in their events with 15-year-old Adam making the reserve list for the 100m breaststroke.
Pioneer 79 head coach Jim Whittle said: "I am proud of the swimmers as you can't ask for better than personal bests!"
In an earlier meet, there was more stunning performances for Pioneer 79 swimmers.
They took home the silverware in winning four age group team titles - the 10-year-olds and 11-year-olds shared top spot while the 13-year-olds, 15-year-olds and 16 plus all brought back the shields for being the best team in their age groups in the Bolton and District Championships.
- LUKE Marriner also took part in the Bolton and District Individual Champion-ships and won the Junior Champion Award for the 100m freestyle and bronze in the mens 100m backstroke.