COB swimmers travelled to Enniskillen on Sunday morning for the annual Enniskillen Junior Meet. This was a very busy meet, with over 300 swimmers participating from clubs all over Ulster. COB travelled with a relatively inexperienced squad, but came home with some great memories, and results.
There were impressive swims from all the young swimmers, and some excellent PBs posted by all. Cillian Cranney swam superbly to win silver in his 50m Backcrawl. He also placed 4th and 5th in his Breaststroke and Frontcrawl events. Alexander Hale continued his excellent recent form with 2 bronze medals in Backcrawl and Butterfly, and finished 5th in his 50m Breaststroke. Joe McKay recovered from a slow start to power through to a bronze medal in his 50m Backcrawl, and swam PBs in both Breaststroke and Frontcrawl.
New COB members Talia Murray, Lucas and Thomas Price all showed great promise for the future. Thomas Price was extremely unlucky not to medal, as he swam to 4th place finishes in both his 50m Breaststroke and Frontcrawl. Alex McMahon showed great form in finishing 5th in her 50m Butterfly race, and 6th in her Frontcrawl. Sara Paternostro swam 3 PBs, with the highlight being a 6 second PB in finishing 4th in her Frontcrawl in 41.93 secs.
J3 swimmers Isabella Ward and Jack Heatherington showed great form particularly in the 50m Butterfly events, and both swimmers were placed in 6th place in their age groups.
Overall, these results were excellent, in what was a high standard of competition. The new members, in particular, dealt extremely well with the pressures of competing in such a busy gala, and should benefit greatly from the competition. They should all be very proud of their efforts.
My thanks to Enniskillen Swimming Club for organising the Meet, and to all the parents of those who travelled down to Enniskillen from Belfast.
Thanks in particular to Stephen McKay for his leadership of the team during the event.