Burnley Bobcats make a splash at regionals

Burnley Bobcats' swimming team did the town proud
Burnley Bobcats' swimming team did the town proud

Burnley Bobcats’ swimming team did the town proud at the North West Youths and Age Group Regional event.

Eight of the squad’s youth swimmers Madison Beswick (15), Erica Minozzi (15), Kerry Holding (18), Katie Rennolds (15), Grace Pickles (15), Abigail Procter (16), Ella Sheridan (15) and William Beaven (15) all qualified to compete in the 2014 ASA North West Region Youth Championships.

Katie Rennolds (15) swam in the 15/16 age group category and won a gold medal in the 800m freestyle event, closely followed by team mate Grace Pickles. Grace also reached the final of the 400m freestyle and was placed just outside medal position in fourth place. Katie reached the final of the 200m freestyle event, just narrowly missing out on a bronze medal with a time of 2.10.73 and she also reached the final of the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly events and the 100m freestyle event.

Kerry Holding (18), competed in the 17/18 age group and reached the final of five events. Kerry won a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly event, and narrowly missed out on bronze medals after being placed in fourth position in the 50m, 200m and 400m freestyle events and was placed sixth in the 100m freestyle event.

William Beaven reached the final of the 100m freestyle event and came fourth in a time of 55.81, just outside his National qualifying time, and reached the final of the 50m and 200m freestyle events. William then competed a few weeks later at another Level 1 gala in Sheffield in the 100m freestyle event and achieved his National qualifying time for this event and will swim alongside fellow team mates William Murray (16) and Harry Pilkington (13) years in the 100m freestyle event at Nationals.

Team mates Erica Minozzi, Katie Rennolds, Kerry Holding and Ella Sheridan competed in two relays, the Womens 4 x 200m 15/18 yrs freestyle relay and the 4 x 100m freestyle relay and produced some excellent times, being placed in 5th and 4th place respectively, which will hopefully qualify them for the National event at Ponds Forge in August this year.

Following on from the Youth Regionals the Age Group Regional Championships took place over the two weekends of May 31st and June 7th at the Manchester Aquatic Centre. Nine members of the squad competed, Thomas Brown an S14 swimmer, Joshua Lambert , Thomas Mackay, Elliot Norman, Collette Meade, Hannah Procter, Harry Pilkington, Jamie Sharpley, and Ellie Taylor who all swam individually and the boys entered teams in the 4 x 100m freestyle and 4 x 100m medley events.

Harry Pilkington (13) had a fantastic weekend and qualified for the finals of the 100m and 200m freestyle, and 100m butterfly events and was rewarded with two National qualifying times in the 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly events. Harry now has three National qualifying times after achieving his 100m freestyle time earlier in the season.

Elliot Norman (13) was successful in reaching the finals of the 100m and 200m breaststroke events and swam in the 200m Individual Medley, 200m and 400m freestyle events, producing some excellent personal bests in these last three events.

Harry and Elliot were members of the two relay teams, alongside Thomas Mackay and Jamie Sharpley, who all swam excellently to finish in fourth place in the freestyle relay and sixth place in the individual medley relay, and are hopeful that their times will qualify for them to swim at the National event in Sheffield in July.

Joshua Lambert (14) swam a number of individual events and produced some excellent personal bests to reach the final of six events. Joshua swam the 1500m freestyle event and was placed in 4th position and then reached the final of the 100m and 200m freestyle events, the 200m Individual Medley and won a silver medal in the 100m butterfly, and bronze medals in the 200m butterfly and 400m Individual Medley events.

Jamie Sharpley (14) swam the 100m and 200m backstroke events and reached the final of the 200m backstroke and was rewarded with a bronze medal in a time of 2.20.97 and was also a team member in the 4 x 100m freestyle and the 4 x 100m medley teams.

Collette Meade (14), Ellie Taylor (14) and Hannah Procter (13) all swum a number of individual events over the two weekends with some great personal bests and Ellie qualified for the 100m freestyle final and was reserve finalist in the 200m Individual Medley event. Thomas Brown (14), a recently classified S14 swimmer, also competed at the competition producing some excellent personal best times.