What an amazing weekend of swimming for Chorley Marlins, those that entered did the club and themselves proud.
We had it all, PB's (Personal Best's) galore, more medals than Mr T. (Google him kids - LOL), county/regional times for next year and not forgetting a very credible National Qualifying Time. It was a real pleasure to watch and gave us all a bit of pride from the small market town of Chorley.
Congratulations and thanks to the following swimmers:
Chloe Cottam - [Gold 400m Free, Gold 200m Fly, Bronze 200m IM, Bronze 200m Back, Bronze 100m Fly]
Maddie Kennedy - [Silver 200m Fly, Silver 50m Free]
Lizzie Woodcock - [Gold 50m Free, Bronze 50m Fly]
Callan Sharples - [Bronze 200m Breast]
Mariette Braithwaite - [Gold 100m Fly]
Alex Highcock - [Gold 200m Breast, Gold 100m Breast, Gold 50m Breast]
Jack Hardman - [Bronze 200m Back, Bronze 100m Back, Bronze 100m Free]
As you can see a very productive gala once again there were so many highlights from the oldest to the youngest of swimmers. There was Alex Highcock with her Gold in the 200m Breast and her National Qualifying Time of 2:48.89 (NQT= 2:49.83) a really good swim well done Alex. She didn't stop there and over the course of the weekend went on to win the gold in the 100m and the 50m Breast.
On the Friday night we saw Chloe Cottam achieve a Gold in the 400m free and with a Regional Time of 5:10.30 (REG = 5:15.7) assuming next years times are the same as this years. She then added to her medals over the weekend with another gold and 3 bronze medals, well done Chloe.
Lizzie Woodcock swam a great 50m Free in the penultimate race of the weekend in a time of 31.96 to take the gold to add to her bronze in the 50m Fly. Well done Lizzie.
Mariette Braithwaite won gold in the 100m Fly in a quick time of 1:17.55, well done Mariette.
Jack Hardman proved he's no slouch when it comes to backstroke by winning bronze in both the 200m and 100m back events, but also proved he could do it on his front when he cruised home to take the bronze in the 100m free in a time of 1:03.35. Not far off the magic 1min mark keep up the good work Jack, well done.
Callan Sharples entered the 200m breast with not having broke his PB for over a year, but showed no signs of it by knocking off 12 secs to take the bronze in a time of 3:21.34, it just goes to show don't get disheartened, knuckle down, train well and things will happen. well done Callan
At the younger end we saw a couple of great swims from Isaac Brennand and Liam Donohoe. Isaac swam a great 50m breast in a time of 47:81 and Liam swam a fantastic 36.67 in his 50m Free heat, unfortunately they didn't come away with medals but nobody can take their times away from them, well done boys.
Well done to Abbie Brennand who was swimming in her first gala, it can be nerve wracking but they get easier I'm sure.
Well that's it for now, hopefully I'll get some pictures up soon.
Here's some of our medal winners proudly showing their bling :)