Fantastic weekend for Torrevieja swimmers
A fantastic weekend for “Club Natacion Torrevieja” swimmers. Two teams competed in different pools across the region. The Masters of Club Natacion Torrevieja travelled on Saturday to Elda, Alicante, for their 3rd Timed Control in anticipation of next weeks Spanish Nationals in Palma, Majorca and two of the Infantil girls team spent the whole weekend at the Olympic pool in Castellon, Valencia, fighting to earn national qualification times and medals in the Winter Regional Championships.
For the Masters in Elda new personal bests were won by Adam Stewart in his 50m and 200m freestyle events and for Beryl Altabas in her 50m Freestyle event. Other team members Gillian McNiece and Paul Matthews clocked up some excellent times in their 100m Backstroke, 200m freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 400m Freestyle events. Both swimmers times ranked them high up in the national rankings for the whole of Spain. Unfortunately Rafael Alonso and Vicki Connolly were unable to participate due to illness for Rafael and for Vicki as her daughter was in the Infantil Regional Championships. Both will join the team this weekend in Majorca for the National Spanish Championships.
And back in the Olympic pool in Castellon, Valencia, Piroska Rideg and Zoe Connolly battled it out with the best swimmers in the region for medals and national qualifying times in their chosen races. Stress levels were high as opportunities to race against the best in the Community, in an Olympic pool, with electronic timing are rare. Both girls had previously qualified to compete this year with times from local competitions. Saturday morning found Piroska up against the best in the 100m Butterfly and Zoe in the 200m Backstroke events. Piroska held onto her PB and placed 10th in this event, Zoe flew in her 200m backstroke race knocking a massive 10 seconds of her previous best to gain a place in the Summer Infantil National Competition to be held in July in Barcelona with a time of 2:40:33.
Back again to the pool Saturday afternoon both Piroska and Zoe worked hard in the 200m Individual Medley event. Zoe managed to improve her time by 6 seconds and take 4th place for her age. An evenings rest and an early night the girls were back in the 100m backstroke event Sunday morning. Both had good swims, Piroska placed 8th for her age and Zoe 3rd, moving Zoe up from 10th to 3rd. Lastly in the pool Sunday afternoon, drained from a stressful weekend Zoe attacked the 400m Individual Medley event, one of the hardest events as it comprises all strokes in 100m sprints, not many swimmers will taken on this event, however Zoe embraced it and knocked a further 8 seconds off her previous time and edged closer to the elusive national time of 5:47:10 with a time of 5:53:02.
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