Caitlin takes gold and silver at nationals
CHESHAM Swimming Club’s Caitlin Mackay came away from the ASA Summer National Swimming Championships with a gold in the 800m freestyle and silver in the 400m freestyle.
Before the main event, however, the 13-year-old started the week in Sheffield by competing in the British Open Water Championships at the Rother Valley Country Park, where she swam the 1.5km open water event and finished seventh overall in the 14 age group.
This was her first competitive lake swim, and she came away very satisfied with her performance, setting her up nicely for the rest of the week as she moved to the pool at Ponds Forge for the start of the ASAs.
Her first event in the pool was
MEDALS: Chesham Swimming Club’s Caitlin Mackay and coach David Gee the 800m freestyle and Caitlin she had her coach, David Gee, and knew she had to go out strong and supporters slightly concerned commit to the swim to stand a when she went all out in the first chance of a podium finish. 100m, but she kept the pace
Swimming in the outside lane, throughout and managed to finish the race with a 13 second personal best over her entry time and take gold.
Caitlin’s next event was the 400m individual medley, where she qualified for the final through the heats and managed to gain a sixth place finish overall, which was eight places higher than her entry and a four second personal best.
On the final day of the event, Caitlin posted a five second personal best in the 400m freestyle heats to qualify fastest for the final, which itself proved to be very exciting as both she and Pioneer 79 swimmer Jessica Podger pulled away from the rest of the field.
The duo raced head to head until the very last metre, where Caitlin was just pipped to another gold but came in second to claim silver and knocking a further five seconds off her personal best.