Burnley Bobcats on course for regional finals

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BURNLEY Bobcats took 30 swimmers to Wigan last week to compete in the second Future Stars Meet.

It was the opening meet of the 2012/13 swimming season, which saw the swimmers improving their personal best times.

The Bobcats were up against much larger squads and finished third overall, out of 21.

Eighteen swimmers came away with medals, with Harry Pilkington winning four golds and one silver, as he was named top 11-year-old male swimmer of the meet.

William Beavan, 14, Elliott Norman, 11 and Erica Minozzi, 14, all won three gold medals, with William adding a silver and four bronzes, and Elliott taking a silver and two bronzes.

Other gold medals were won by Dean Moorhouse, 12, in the 100m and 200m freestyle, Katie Rennolds, 14 in the 200m Butterfly, Jamie Sharpley, 13, in the 100m Backstroke, Ellie Taylor, 12, in the 100m Backstroke and Joshua Lambert, 13, in the 100m Butterfly.

Of more importance was the impressive number of North West Regional Qualifying times set, as swimmers have until May to qualify. The performance will now be backed up with more training ahead of further competitions.

Chairman Simon Holding said: “The performance of the entire squad was excellent.”

Head Coach Michael Robinson added: “These results show that the hard work is paying off and we are on target to produce more swimmers than ever at the Regionals.”