Sharks Impress at Winter Nationals
Another National event, another stunning block of performances from the young athletes from Leicester Sharks.
Michaella Glenister was once again a star of the show, finishing with no less than SEVEN medals, TWO county records, FIVE final swims and FIVE personal best times from six races, with her 200m Breaststroke only 0.04seconds outside the lifetime best she set last month.
The highlights for all of Michaella's supporters back home was certainly the 800m Freestyle final heat, where she and the eventual winner, Leah Crisp from City of Leeds, were locked in a fantastic battle for the lead from the start until the finish and in an incredible strength of character, both young athletes produced huge lifetime best swims, with Michaella taking a further 11 seconds off the lifetime best she set in November at the Midlands Regional Short Course Championships. With Senior medals also coming in the 400m freestyle and 400m Medley events, alongside Junior medals in these and the 200m Individual Medley races, Michaella has really put down a marker for the season ahead.
Alongside Michaella, Luca De Zilva, racing in his second Winter National event, and Yasmine Sheffield (Making her debut at the Short Course Nationals) both also produced personal best swims in their events. Yasmine, just narrowly outside a personal best time in the 100m Butterfly, stormed to a fantastic 1.5 second best time in the 200m Butterfly, with the 15 year old finishing only one place outside the Junior (18 & under) final in a time of 2.17.80!
16 year old Luca De Zilva made his first ever Junior (18 & under) final in the 50m Backstroke as he posted a time of 26.06, only 0.07seconds outside a County record which has stood for 19 years! He also produced a best time in the 200m backstroke and all but matched his personal best times in the 100m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly events.
With all three sharks having such a fantastic meet whilst in the middle of hard training, it just shows the mental strength and desire these athletes have and ensure that we all keep a very close eye on them as this season progresses!
Michaella Glenister is now heading out to Japan to train with some of their top junior athletes as one of only 6 athletes selected to gain what I am sure will be invaluable experience before the end of the year and we enter another Olympic year as 2020 approaches!