Sirens ASC dive into the record book

Monday, May 5, 2014, 23:05

Sirens ASC swimming squad produced a fantastic performance at last week’s Easter International Meet held at the National Pool at Tal-Qroqq between Thursday 24th and Saturday 26th April.

The club entered its largest number of swimmers ever with some sixty youngsters between the ages of seven and 18 competing against Malta’s finest including the National squad, together with strong teams from the UK and Italy.  In many cases, the swimmers were taking part in certain events for the first time and achieved outstanding results by producing a 53% personal best rate from their swims, together with a substantial haul of much coveted gold, silver and bronze medals. Dedicated and determined training was rewarded with a total of 84 medals to put Sirens in second place overall, a significant improvement on last year’s 68 medals and third position.

Records were broken by 13 year old Jeremy Bugeja who swam an incredible 100m freestyle in 57.97 to break British Iain Ward’s Meet Group C record from 1996. Flying fourteen year old, Anna Livermoore, broke another Meet Group C record in the 200m butterfly with a time of 2.37.60, smashing the 2002 time set by Rosa Marie Erkert from Germany.

Team spirit was much in evidence with Kimberly Castelletti, Alexandra McGonigle, Anna Livermoore and Iana Said winning silver in the 4x100m freestyle in a time of 4.27.07, just behind the older National squad and Sirens’ boys were not to be outdone taking an impressive bronze in the 4x100m medley. Isaiah Riolo, Liam Gauci, Nicholas Sammut and Jeremy Bugeja swam butterfly, breast, back and freestyle in 4.38.57.

Even the youngest members of the club were undaunted by their first taste of international competition.  10 and 11 year old’s Hayley Camilleri, Sharone Sant and Julia Micallef achieved a 100% personal best success rate in their numerous races and doing it for boys of the same age were Andre Camilleri and Benji Scerri who each got three pb’s out of five swims.

“We are delighted with the results, said Club President, Neil Galea  and extremely grateful to our coaches Catalin Stan, Daniela Deguara and Lara Marie Deguara  whose efforts  on behalf of the swimmers are immeasurable.  Moreover, it’s great seeing the kids being rewarded for their tremendous effort and commitment. They train six out of seven days a week and really deserve their success.

 “We must also thank the Sirens Swim Board for their sterling work and, importantly, our hugely supportive mums and dads whose passion and enthusiasm for their children’s sport plays a vital role in our achievements,” he added.

The club will be celebrating by holding a social event at Ghajn Tuffieha on Thursday.  Then it’s back to work.  School and exams for many and, of course, relentless training…..the National Championships take place in July.


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