Caitlin takes gold and sil­ver at na­tion­als

SWIMMING

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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.

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