Burnley Bobcats’ savor superb silvers

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NINE Bobcats swimmers made the trip to Ponds Forge, Sheffield recently to compete against the top swimmers in the UK at the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships.

First to compete was Katie Rillet-Young (13) who swam well to record personal best times in her three S6 category races, the 50m free, 100m free and 100m breaststroke.

Next up were the Open Water swimmers.

Thomas Hamer, Ella Sheridan and Erica Minozzi all took to the lake at Rother Valley Country Park where Tom finished in a time of 20mins 16sec and Ella 19mins 57sec.

Both won silver medals in the age 13 races and Erica in 20mins 11sec finished fourth in the age 14 race.

Back in the pool on the first day of the age group competition, Jamie Sharply took fourth in the 100m backstroke final, and followed this up with sixth in the 200m backstroke final recording a six second personal best in the process. He finished off with a seventh place in the 100m butterfly final.

William Murray (13) was racing in the 100m freestyle in which he got to the final and finished fifth in 54.82 seconds. He finished in 20th place in the 100m butterfly and 11th in the 200m freestyle.

Ella Sheridan competed in the 400m free coming 15th and was 16th in the 800m free. Katie Rennolds started her week with 9th place in the 400m free, then came 13th in the 800m free before finishing 19th in the 200m free.

Emma Fothergill, Grace Pickles, Katie Rennolds, and Ella Sheridan represented Bobcats in both the 4 x 100m freestyle and 4 x 200m freestyle relays. Taking on the top 40 relay teams in the country they did very well but did not make finals.

Head Coach Michael Robinson, said: “It was a long hot week at Ponds Forge.

“The swimmers did Bobcats proud by swimming well under pressure. All the swimmers performed well, with most making semi finals or finals even gaining medals showing some true talent and hard work causing other powerful teams to take notice. 

“Bobcats have built on last year’s great performance which I’m sure will be made greater throughout the next year.”

Training starts again at St Peter’s, Burnley, on August 27th.