Mount Kelly swimmers have enjoyed an incredibly busy Easter holidays competing in events across the world. The Easter period began with 50 swimmers from both the College and Prep racing locally in the Plymouth Leander Spring Open Meet. Maintaining recent form, Mount Kelly won the Top Club Award in emphatic style making this our fifth Top Club win this season with a total of 102 medals (32 Bronze, 33 Silver and 37 Gold). There were some terrific performances from many of our junior swimmers, including Matilda who won the title of Top Junior Girl.
Federico and Alessandro competed at the Italian National Championships which acted as the qualifying meet for the 2019 World Championships. Federico produced the third fastest time in the world this year in the 200m Butterfly, breaking the Italian National Senior Record and securing his ticket to South Korea to compete in the World Championships in July. His swim was truly impressive, making him a real contender for a medal at the World Championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
25 swimmers travelled to Loutraki in Greece for a two week training camp in preparation for the British Championships. The team then flew directly to Glasgow to compete in the British Championships held at the Tollcross International Pool. Both Oliver and Harry reached the Senior Finals in their respective events, which saw Oliver racing against the fastest breaststroker in history, Adam Peaty.
Stand out Junior Performances at the event came from:
- Harry – 1st 50m Backstroke and 2nd 100m Backstroke
- Oliver – 1st 50m Breaststroke and 3rd 100m Breaststroke
- Sam – 1st 50m Butterfly and 1st 100m Butterfly
- Alexander – 3rd 50m Backstroke and 3rd 100m Backstroke
- Macy – 3rd 50m Freestyle
Other swimmers qualifying to finals at this highly prestigious competition included Robert, Ben, Niamh, Georgina and Emily.
Mount Kelly swimmers also gave many more impressive performances at other competitions around the world, including:
- Ethan, Caoimhe and Katelyn making finals at the Irish Open Championships
- Douglas, Louis and Stefania enjoyed great success at the Scottish National Age Group Championships
- Sam won the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events at the CARIFTA Championships whilst representing Bermuda
- Emily won the 1500m Freestyle at the Welsh Open Championships
- 35 swimmers achieved over 50 personal best times at the Portsmouth Northsea Easter Meet
- Alice competed at the GB Deaf National Championships in Loughborough, becoming a triple champion in the 200 IM, 50 Breaststroke and 100 Breaststroke. She also took silver medals in the remaining two events; 50 Free and 50 Back as well as achieving 3 New GB Deaf National Records across her weekend.
- A team of nine swimmers met at Millfield School for the ESSA Primary Schools Regional Championship on Monday 1 April.