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Burnley youngsters star against best of rest in swimming contest
3:58pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
SEVEN members of the Burnley Bobcats competing in the Youth and MC event at the British Gas ASA National Championships in Sheffield – the largest major event of the season.
Tom Hamer, 14, was making his debut as an S14 swimmer and found himself taking on the best of British in that category.
But he put in a wonderful display of swimming, recording personal best times every time he took to the water which saw him take a silver medal in the final of the 200m freestyle on the opening day.
Two days later, Tom was back swimming the 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley.
He progressed to the final of the 200IM and took a bronze medal. And on the final day, he reached the 100m breaststroke final but this time just missed out on a medal, finishing in 4th place.
Meanwhile, Katie Rillet-Young, 15, an S6 swimmer opened her Championships with making the 400m freestyle final where she finished in 5th place – improving her PB by over 10 seconds. The following day Katie competed in the 50m freestyle and qualified for the final but due to her having to leave early the next day to travel to Michigan, USA to compete in the World Dwarf Games, she had to withdraw from the final. Katie returned home after Michigan with a haul of medals.
Katie Rennolds, age 15 had qualified to swim three individual races in the joint 15/16year age group. She opened with the 200m freestyle, then the 800m free and finally the 400m free. Katie did well in all races the best race being the 800m where she swam a massive PB to finish the highest placed swimmer from the North West Region.
She also swam anchor leg in the women’s age 15/18 4 x 200m freestyle relay. The team was completed by Erica Minozzi (15), Kerry Holding (17) and Emma Fothergill (15). Taking on the biggest squads in the country the girls represented Burnley well and aim to be back again next year.
Will Murray age 15, had to wait until day four of the meet to start his racing. Will began with the 100m freestyle, where he progressed to the semi-final and on into the final the following day when he finished in 6th place, separated by the smallest of margins from the medal places.
On the final day of the meet, Will had his 50m free. Again the places were extremely close and Will went on to the semi-final where he finished 12th, missing out on a place in the final by 2 hundredths of a second.
Head coach Mike Robinson said: “We are definitely the premier club with swimmers reaching National level in all categories, the Age Groups, Open Water, Youths and Disability. It has been a fantastic season.”
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