Burnley Bobcats shine on big stage

The 4x20m Freestyle team are pictured.

The 4x20m Freestyle team are pictured.

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Seven Bobcats swimmers made the trip to Ponds Forge, Sheffield recently to compete in the British Gas ASA National Championships.

First to compete was Jamie Sharpley, 11, in the 100m Backstroke. Jamie swam a personal best and finished as reserve finalist. In his 200m Backstroke race two days later, he swam a two-second PB to make the age 11 final that evening. After a long day, Jamie finished in ninth place.

William Murray, 13, was racing in the 100m Freestyle. Despite a slow heat, he qualified to swim in the final and finished just outside his PB in eighth place.

The girls 4x200m Freestyle team had qualified to swim against the top 30 teams from around the country. Facing much bigger city squads, the girls swam five seconds faster than they had in June to qualify, but just missed out on a place in the final, finishing 12th.

The team was made up of Erica Minozzi, Ella Sheridan, Emma Fothergill and Katie Rennolds.

The highest position achieved was not in the pool but in the 1,500m Open Water event, where, swimming in a lake at Rother Valley Country Park, Ella Sheridan finished fourth in a time of 20 minutes 28.15 seconds.

Ben Edwards, 18, was swimming in the 100m Breastroke and 200m Breastroke events, but despite recording PBs he was unable to make the finals.

Head coach Michael Robinson said: “Having seven swimmers from such a small squad competing at National level was a brilliant achievement. It is great to see the swimmers pushing out others from heavily-funded, better-facilitated squads to make it into finals.”

Bobcats are now taking a well earned break from training, which starts again at St Peters, Burnley on August 28th.