Burnley Bobcats finish top of pile in Liverpool

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Bobcats swim squad finished top of the pile at Liverpool Aquatic Centre last weekend in the City of Liverpool Summer Sprint Meet.

Bobcats came away with the award for the top club, finishing top of the table of the 34 competing swimming squads.

The event provided the perfect opportunity for the less experienced squad members to compete for Bobcats.

Every one of them rose to the occasion by swimming personal best times, often knocking over 10 seconds off their previous recorded times.

This in turn led to high points being scored towards the team total.

The strength of the squad was shown as swimmers ranged in age from nine years old to 39-years-old.

The squad won an impressive 26 gold medals, 17 silver medals and 10 bronze medals over the two-day event.

The biggest haul of gold went to Jamie Sharpley, 11, who took seven gold medals from seven races, setting a number of new championship records in the process.

He was closely followed by Kerry Holding, 15, who claimed five golds, Harry Pilkington, 10, with four golds, and two new records, Elliot Norman, 10 with three gold medals, and Marsha Banks, 17, three golds.

Erica Minozzi, 13, Katie Rennolds, 13, Ella Sheridan, 12, all won a gold.

All of these swimmers also won silver and bronze medals as well and Erica also set a new championship record.

Head coach Michael Robinson entered one race, the 50m Freestyle, and proved he can practice what he preaches by winning gold!

Silver medals were won by the oldest swimmer John Gray, 39, in the 100m Butterfly, and also by Dean Moorhouse, Lucy Cole, Luke Pickles and Emma Fothergill.

Emma and Lucy also won bronzes.

Megan Hall, 10, came away with a bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly. This was Megan’s last competition with Bobcats before she emigrates to Australia, where she intends to keep up her training.

The weekend ended with the announcement of the top club awar,d and also top swimmers, where once again the club was represented as Top Junior Girl Swimmer was Ella Sheridan, and Top Senior Girl Swimmer was Erica Minozzi.

More information about Bobcats can be found at www.burnleybobcats.org.uk