Bobcats swimmers do themselves proud at ASA National Championships

The Bobcats' National Open Water Swimmers, from left,  Grace Pickles, Erica Minozzi, and Ella Sheridan (s).

The Bobcats' National Open Water Swimmers, from left, Grace Pickles, Erica Minozzi, and Ella Sheridan (s).

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Three Burnley Bobcats swimmers travelled to the Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield to take part in the British Gas ASA Open Water National Championships.

The first to race were Grace Pickles (14) and Ella Sheridan (14) in the girls 14 years 1.5km event.

Both girls finished two minutes faster than they had in the Regional race at Salford Quays in June.

Grace finished 19th in a time of 19.57.90, and Ella finished just behind in 20.05.50, coming 21st.

Erica Minozzi, age 15, was taking part in the combined age 15/16 years 2km race.

Despite swimming four minutes faster than at the Regionals, Erica finished 23rd in 25.51.40.

Twenty Bobcats swimmers headed over to Ponds Forge, Sheffield to compete in the British Gas ASA National Championships.

Day One saw Jamie Sharpley (13) and Robert Bryce (12) swim personal bests in the 100m backstroke heats.

Jamie qualified for the final, though he would have to pull out with injury, while Robert placed 20th.

Elliot Norman (12), in the 200m breaststroke, producing a time of 2.55.91, placing him in 17th.

The last event of the morning was the Boys 4x100m Freestyle team with Joshua Lambert (14), William Beaven (14), Dean Moorhouse (13) and Tom Hamer (14) qualifying for the final, where they finished 10th.

Day two saw William Beaven swim a personal best time of 55.78 in the 100m freestyle which qualified him for the final, where he was eighth.

The second day concluded with the Girls 4x100m Freestyle team - Ella Sheridan (14),Ellie Taylor (13), Colette Meade (13) and Madison Beswick (14), swimming exceptional well in their heat and being placed 35th.

On day three, Robert Bryce swam a personal best in the 200m backstroke and was ranked 15th in the 11/12 year age group.

The Boys’ relay team were in action again in the 4x200m Freestyle relay, narrowly missing qualifying for the final, being placed in 13th, with each swimmer producing personal best times on their individual legs.

Saturday saw Elliot Norman swim again, this time in the 100m breaststroke event, and he was 16th in the 11/12 year age group.

The next event was the Girls 4x200m Freestyle relay, as Ella, Colette, Madison and Grace Pickles all swam personal bests in their individual legs, but unfortunately did not reach the final.

On the last day, the Boys’ 4x100m Medley Team competed, with Robert Bryce (backstroke), William Beaven (breaststroke), Joshua Lambert (butterfly) and Tom Hamer (freestyle), all producing personal best times in their individual disciplines, coming 34th.

All the swimmers did Bobcats proud, reaching two finals with the highest number of swimmers at the Nationals in the Age Group Category for a number of years.

Bobcats are now taking a deserved break from training, which starts again at the St Peter’s Centre on August 26th.