The 2019/20 season is off to a flying start we competed over two full weekends on 28/29 September and 19/20 October. 73 swimmers competed in the annual North Lancashire Swimming and Water Polo Association Level 2 meet at Blackpool in a staggering 607 events.
Competing against swimmers from across Lancashire we amassed an amazing 22 gold, 34 silver and 48 bronze medals in individual events against some really tough competition from swimmers from Southport, Fleetwood, Preston, Blackpool, Lancaster, Chorley, Great Harwood, Burnley and Garstang.
Leading the way with an outstanding 6 gold medals and two bronze medals in the first weekend of the competition was 12 year old Hannah Morris with gold medals also being awarded during the course of the event to Kyle McKenna (16), Megan Doherty (11), Poppy Elliott (15), Emily Wade (11), Kate Roberts (10), Amelie Elliott (13), Ethan Roberts (12), Jack Hepplestone (13), Max Delaney (14) and Megan Doherty (12).
For some of the club’s younger swimmers just gaining the qualifying times to swim at the event was a big achievement and at 9 years old those that swam did so with great determination with medals being awarded to Megan Ellis, Sebastian Hailwood, Finley Warburton, Elizabeth Adam, Matthew Johnson and Yasmin Elliott and with some great swims from Maiya Taylor.
Gill said there were some fantastic individual performances with a number of swimmers getting through to open age finals Ben Porter (17) in the 200m metre individual medley and 100 backstroke, Amelie Elliott (13) in the 50 and 100 metre breaststroke, James Handford (15) in the 100 metre backstroke and 50 metre butterfly; Tom Arkwright (14) in the 100 metre freestyle and breaststroke finals.
Star performance was Kyle McKenna in the 100m Backstroke where he went in as third fastest qualifier and came out as the champion! Great swim!
The event culminated on the final afternoon with a frenzy of fiercely contested team relay events with Barracudas competing against teams from Burnley, Blackpool, Preston and Fleetwood. The Barracudas mens 300m open freestyle team and mens 13/14 year old 200 metre freestyle teams bringing home the trophies for both of those events.
Overall many of the swimmers competing over the two weekends achieved their own personal best times – always a great reward for all the hours of training and commitment that goes into competing at such events. Some also achieved times that will now qualify them for the Lancashire County Championships and next weekend a number of the older swimmers will travel to Manchester to take part in the Winter Regional Swimming Championships.