BRIDPORT Barracudas Swimming Club attended their first open competition of the season during the last weekend of October – the Poole swimming club ‘Season Starter’ held at Dorchester Sports Centre.

Bridport swimmers excelled in a number of events, setting a total of 37 personal best times with

Holly Symes broke a club record for the 10 years 400m Freestyle with a time of 6:31.87 and Daniel Van Zyl broke a record for the 15 years 100m Freestyle with a time of 1:01.74. Overall, the team had 14 swimmers present aged from 9 to 19.

Lola Hawkins achieved three personal best times in as many races in her first ever open competition. Lucas Hawkins also earned three personal bests in three races, while Riley Hawkins earned four in four races.

Daniel Van Zyl bagged two personal bests along with two medals - a bronze in the 50m freestyle and a silver in the 100m free.

Jack Turner collected two personal bests and two gold medals in the 50m and 200m freestyle plus a silver medal in the 100m free.

Meanwhile, Holly Symes won two medals – a gold in the 400m free and a silver in the 50m free.

Herbert Busby earned five personal bests, a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke and a bronze medal in the 100m individual medley and 50m breaststroke.

Elsewhere, Lettice Busby achieved two personal bests and Beatrice Busby earned four.

Caitlin Sloman scooped three personal bests, two bronze medals in the 50m free and the 100m fly and a bronze medal in the 50m fly.

Daniel Hussey got four personal bests times, Immy Taylor achieved three, Will Caplen earned four while Ruby Millard achieved one.

A club spokesperson said: “A big well done to all our swimmers, they showed excellent swimming skills earning themselves personal best times, club records, medals and even some Dorset County times.”

The Barracudas train up to four times a week at Bridport Leisure Centre.

They are a competitive swimming club that also offers a ‘learn to swim’ teaching programme from school age and above with the chance to compete in galas locally and nationally.

Bridport Barracudas also offer the opportunity to play in a water polo team which boasts a long history.

If you are interested in joining the club, please email, or visit the website at