WELL over 100 personal best times were achieved by Denbigh swimmers at a major regional event.

Over the weekend of November 23-25, swimming clubs from around North Wales came together to take part in the Swim Wales North sub-regional championships.

This event is a showcase for the abilities of swimmers from across the region and each event is open to any swimmer aged 10 or above not having achieved national qualifying times in that event.

The weekend started with the longer distance events, with boys’ 1500m and girls’ 800m races taking place on the Friday evening, and a flurry of sprints and middle-distance races over the subsequent two days.

A 26-strong team of Denbigh Dragons took part in 144 events over the three days, with many attempting events and distances for the first time.

This rewarded swimmers with 136 personal best or new times, which is a return of 94 per cent.

Amongst the numerous fantastic swims, five new age-group meet records were set by Denbigh swimmers, with Ewan Leonard, 10, bagging an unbelievable three - in the 1500m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 400m freestyle.

Phoebe Derbyshire, 10, achieved an age-group meet record for the 200m butterfly, while 13-year-old Gleb Yablokov did the same for the 200m breaststroke.

These fantastic personal achievements were not the only measure of success for Denbigh Dragons.

At the same event last year, the team finished in 11th place overall.

This year, an impressive second place finish was posted out of 18 teams, with only Wrexham, the region’s largest team, finishing in front.

Denbigh Dragons' head coach Justin Jones was justifiably pleased with his athletes’ efforts.

He expressed great pride in those taking part, not only for their splendid results, but for the ability to have fun and enjoy themselves in such a pressured environment, whilst racing with the best in the region.

This was another excellent team performance from this club of talented youngsters.