Burnley Bobcats’ medal tally shows club’s strength in depth

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SWIMMING sensations from Burnley Bobcats enjoyed a 20-medal haul at the Blackpool Rocks level three meet.

The 16 Bobcats, aged between 10 and 16, excelled at the event organised by Blackpool Aquatics Swimming Club, leaving with plenty of accolades to show for their efforts.

William Beavan (13) took four gold medals from the 200m individual medley, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 100m free, while 13-year-old Jack Moodie claimed three medals over the weekend with a silver in the 50m breastroke, and two bronze medals for the 100m breastroke and 200m breastroke.

In the girls races more golds were won by 16-year-old Kerry Holding who finished top of the pack in the 100m butterfly and 50m free, plus silver in the 200m free.

Madison Beswick (13) scooped a double gold prize in the 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke plus two bronze medals in the 400m freestyle and 50m free.

Meanwhile, Colette Meade (12) won gold in the 400m free and in the 200m free plus bronze in the 50m free.

Elsewhere, Ellie Taylor (12) opened her account for the Bobcats with her first medals for the club, both silvers, coming in the 200m free and 50m backstroke, while 10-year-old Saffron Fenton also secured her first success, taking a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle on her debut in the event.

Other swimmers competing were Lucy Alexander, Hannah Procter, Charlotte Waddington, Sophie Murphy, Katie Rillet-Young, Elicia Brown, Alex Minozzi, Thomas Mackay and Dean Morehouse. Despite not winning any medals, all of these swimmers produced personal best times, often knocking 10-15 seconds off their records.

Coach Matt Holden was poolside for most of the weekend and said: “It was great to see swimmers who have less competitive experience producing superb performances and this bodes well for Bobcats future.”

Head coach Mike Robinson and chairman Simon Holding were also poolside and had nothing but praise for the performance of the swimmers.

Coach Mike said: “These performances show the strength in depth that the squad is now developing due to the commitment of the swimmers.”

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