Swimming: Ace Katie is a star with best

From left to right Tom Hamer, Katie Rilett-Young and coach Mike Robinson

From left to right Tom Hamer, Katie Rilett-Young and coach Mike Robinson

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

KATIE Rilett-Young again showed why she is one of the best young talents around after producing a string of personal best times at the British Para Swimming International Meet at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

The 15-year-old was up against some of the best swimmers in the world in the pool where the Commonwealth Games will be held and still managed to turn in some eye catching performances.

The Shuttleworth College pupil set new best times in the 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle – for which she qualified for final – the 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke and 100m individual medley While she didn’t pb in the 400m freestyle but still did enough to qualify for the youth final in the evening.

Dad Roger was delighted to see Katie lower the bar once again and said the event was another chance for her to gain valuable experience.

“Overall she had a great meet and made progress in almost every event she entered,” sad Roger. “She will have gained a great deal of experience swimming against some of the best swimmers in the world.”

In the 100m freestyle, Katie swam superbly to finish second in her heat with a personal best time to qualify for the final later in the evening where she swam a similar time to her heat race. The following day, Katie an S6 swimmer, swam in the Women’s Open 50m freestyle event and again secured a new personal best time in her heat. She qualified for the evening’s final, where she fantastically improved on her morning performance with a new pb.

On the last day of the competition, she swam in the Women’s Open 400m freestyle heat and again secured a place in the Youth final where she knocked off seconds from her heat time in the morning.

Over the four day meet Katie swam the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle events, the 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke and the 200m Individual Medley, producing personal best times throughout Meanwhile fellow Bobcats squad member Tom Hamer, a recently classified S14 swimmer had an excellent meet at his first experience of this level of international competition.

He competed in six events; the 50m, 100m, and 200m freestyle events, the 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke, and the 200m Individual Medley events.

And, like Katie performed exceptional well and achieved personal bests in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.

He reached the youth finals of the 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke events, finishing fourth in both finals. He went on to win a gold medal in the 200m freestyle Youth final and a bronze medal in the same event in the Open final - closely behind the 2012 Olympic champion, Jon Maguir Sverisson from Iceland. Head coach Mike Robinson said: “This was a fantastic experience for Katie and Thomas to compete against top para swimmers at International level.

“To achieve what they did was excellent and proves that all their hard training and dedication is certainly paying off.”

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