Burnley Bobcats impress in Sheffield

Pictured, from left, are Katie Rennolds, Alex Minozzi and Erica Minozzi
Pictured, from left, are Katie Rennolds, Alex Minozzi and Erica Minozzi

BURNLEY Bobcats started the New Year by traveling to the Ponds Forge National Pool in Sheffield for The City of Derby Meet.

It had been a hugely oversubscribed meet, with swimmers from 55 prestigious clubs throughout the country, from as far as West Lothian in the north, to Dover in the south.

A total of 17 Bobcats competed and put in some great performances over the weekend.

The Minozzi family were celebrating as Erica (14) won gold in the 200m freestyle and was selected for the final of the 100m freestyle, and at the conclusion of the competition she was ranked fifth in her age category after swimming eight events.

Her 10-year-old brother Alex won gold in the 100m freestyle and was ranked 10th in his age category after competing in five events.

Katie Rennolds, aged 14, took bronze in the 200m freestyle, and swam the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle events followed by the 50m and 200m butterfly events.

Ellie Taylor (12) gained a place in the final of the 200m Individual Medley and was ranked seventh in her age category after swimming eight events.

The boys were not to be outdone, and William Beavan (14) reached the final of the 100m freestyle and was ranked eighth in his age category after seven events.

Elliot Norman (11) swam six events, including the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, and was ranked fourth, while Robert Bryce (12), after his five events, was ranked ninth.

Other swimmers taking part in many events over the weekend were Tom Hamer, Dean Moorhouse, William Murray, Ben Nutter, Luke Pickles, Harry Pilkington, Emma Fothergill, Kerry Holding, Ella Sheridan and Grace Pickles, who all had great swims and put in excellent performances in all their events.

At the end of the meet Burnley Bobcats finished in 23rd place out of the 55 clubs attending, with six of their swimmers being ranked in the top 10, based on FINA points, in their respective age categories.

Head coach Michael Robinson said: “This was our third Level 1 meet of the season and another highly oversubscribed one, which shows the level and ability of our swimmers who competed.

“They all gained invaluable experience at swimming in a national pool and recorded some great personal best times.”