Katelyn swims to success in the pool

Fourth year pupil Katelyn Bergin demonstrated her talent in the pool as she bagged eight medals at the Amateur Swimming Association Nationals.

Katelyn, who trains with Stockport Metro swimming club, travelled to Sheffield just before Christmas to compete in nine events at the Winter Meet at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

The competition, regarded as the biggest short course swimming event in the British domestic calendar, boasted a star-studded line up including 12 members of the Great British & NI team selected for the Rio Olympics.

From the nine events entered, Marple-based Katelyn progressed to finals in eight. She was awarded the title of National Junior Champion in the 50m backstroke, the 100m backstroke and the 100m fly after finishing first and she also bagged silver medals in the 100m and 200m individual medleys and the 50m fly. Finally, competing alongside fellow Stockport Metro swimmers, she achieved a bronze medal in the 4x100m women’s medley relay and a bronze in her closing event of the 400m individual medley.

Commenting on her achievements, Katelyn said: “Before the Nationals started I was a mixture of nervous and excited as it was a big competition with people from all over the country taking part. I was very pleased with the medals I won and proud that I was able to give my best.”

Katelyn, who trains seven to eight times a week, fell in love with the sport after watching her older brother compete and has been racing since the age of eight. We are sure there is more success in her future both in and out of the pool.

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