Swimmers young and old make a big splash

Colnes veteran swimmers won a number of medals at the Open Masters Championship, in Leeds
Colnes veteran swimmers won a number of medals at the Open Masters Championship, in Leeds

The young Colne swimmers travelled to Darwen Leisure Centre to take on teams from Leyland, Preston B and Garstang in the latest North West Micro League fixture.

It proved a tough contest for the young Colne swimmers as they had a depleted team, which resulted in at least 10 races having no Colne representation.

The gala was won by Leyland with 152 points with Preston B in second on 136 points. Colne had trailed in forth place with 81 points while Garstang finished third with 92 points.

The young Colne swimmers had given their all and managed five new personal bests among the girls and two for the boys.

Colne’s next and final fixture will be at the West View Leisure Centre in Preston on Saturday, June 25, where they will take on teams from Preston B, Carnforth B and Prescott.

Finally on Monday, May 16, the full team travelled to the Mercer Leisure Centre in Great Harwood for their latest fixture in the North East Lancashire Friendly League.

It was a strange event for most of the Colne swimmers to be competing in a pool that was only 22 yards long.

This gave hosts Great Harwood Otters an advantage as they had superior turns. This advantage told as they held out for a win by 66 points to 52.

Meanwhile, it was a busy weekend for the masters wimmers from Colne ASC.

On Saturday, May 14, four members of the masters team travelled to the John Charles Centre for Sport, in Leeds, for the Yorkshire Swimming Associations Open Masters Championships 2016.

Tony Catterall swimming in the 70 to 74 years age group finished first in the 200m Freestyle and individual Medley. He also topped the podium in the 100m backstroke, 400m freestyle and 100m individual medley and 100m Freestyle.He also scooped silver in the 100m breaststroke

Philip Croxall – swimming in the 45 to 49 years age group finished – was first in the 50m Breaststroke and 100m individual medley.

He also earned four runners-up spots in the 200m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 400m freestyle and 50m backstroke.

Competing in the 50 to 54 years age group, Stephen Tyler won the 400m freestyle and was also third in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. Daniel Dawson – swimming in the 40 to 44 years age group – finished third in the 100m Breaststroke and 50m backstroke.