SWIMMERS are making a splash at a national level after honing their skills in North Yorkshire.

Richmond School students Hannah Rye and Thom Flower are securing personal bests and a host of medals, cementing their reputations among the best in the country.

Hannah, 16 from Reeth, swims fly and freestyle and trains eight times a week at 6am and after school. She recently swam in a regional competition in Sunderland securing a personal best. “I have been swimming for the past 10 years and hope one day to be selected to compete for Team GB,” she said.

Thom, 17. who competes in front crawl, has a cache of bronze, silver and gold medals from local, regional and national competitions.“I love swimming for the social aspect of being part of a club and the time it gives me to think while in the pool,” he said.