Three talented swimmers from Albany once again shone in the pool. Isaac Brennand, Chloe Cottam and Elizabeth Woodcock produced stunning performances in the inter-counties championships, held at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. The competition which is held over two weekends brings together some of the top young swimmers from across the region.
The swimmers have long been recognised for their talents and had the chance to shine again. Isaac’s performances produced a large medal haul; the 13 year old swimmer achieved 1st place and 4 gold medals in the breastroke in the 50m, 100m and 200m distances as well as gold in the 400m freestyle. He added a silver medal in the 400m individual medlay and completed his haul with a bronze in the 1500m freestyle. Isaac was delighted with his performance and said, “I am really pleased with my overall performance, I was expecting better times but am happy with the results.”
Chloe Cottom of Year 11, who has been swimming for 9 years competed in the 16 year age category and achieved a 4th place finish in the 100m fly and 200m backstroke and reached the finals in the 50m and 100m fly. Chloe who represents Chorley Marlins swimming club said, “I am pleased with how I performed against strong competitions my next aim is to compete in the Sheffield Premier swimming meeting and am training hard for this.”
Elizabeth Woodcock, Year 10, took part in the swimming meet but entered into different events than she would usually contest. Elizabeth used the event as a practice ahead of the nationals and so competed in the 200m and 400m front crawl as well as the 100m and 200m backstroke. Despite these not being her usual events Elizabeth achieved a bronze medal in the 200m front crawl and went one better with a slilver medal in the 200m backstoke. Elizabeth who, like Chloe, represented the Chorley Marlins swimming club said, “I am really pleased with my performances and they were better than I expected. I am now looking forward to the nationals.”
Albany Headteacher, Peter Mayland, said, “I am delighted for our young swimmers. I know just how hard they have to train in order to compete at this level. What has particularly impressed me is their attitude to their results today. They are rightly pleased, but know they can perform even better. At school we are very proud of their achievements and have full confidence that they can all represent Great Britain in the future.”