Easter Meet Success for Sirens ASC

Back in Malta competing in the 2016 Klikk International Easter Meet at the National Pool (31st March – 2nd April) the Sirens ASC squad put in another excellent performance.  Just three weeks after the ISM Berlin meet where significant new personal best times were achieved, the squad did it again in home waters gaining 63 gold, 35 silver and 28 bronze medals. Their medal haul placed the club in second place overall, behind the UK’s Exeter City Swimming Club.

Coaches Catalin Stan, Daniela Deguara Gatt, Lara Deguara and gym coach, Ivan Gauci maintained a fierce training programme in the run up to the competition. Rigorous training – for some, alongside the current O-level schedule – led to improved times, medals and new records.

14 year old Francesca Falzon Young made a splash with a new Age Group record in the 200m freestyle with a time of 2.09.98, smashing the previous record of 2.11.70.  Along with fellow club member, Kimberly Castelletti, Francesca also contributed to a National record of 3.59.86 in the 4 x 100 freestyle, as the girls  swam with the ASA squad.

Francesca’s prowess in the pool was evident again on day two.  Taking part in the 4 x 100m medley, this time accompanied by  Sirens swimmer, Charis Ceccarelli, the girls helped push the ASA team to new heights, swimming another new National record of 4.33.26.

Olympian, Andrew Chetcuti returned from the US to add four medals for Sirens, as well as producing new National records with the men’s ASA relay teams.  Other significant medal winners included Jeremy Bugeja who pulled in four gold’s from four races, Kyle Buhagiar, achieving six gold and one silver from seven races, 11 year old Sasha Gatt who swam seven races and medalled in every one, as did 13 year old Jovan Lekic, who swam nine races and won five gold and four silver medals.  Over the course of the competition, Jade Goode swam 12 times and won 10 medals and Ravsan Rath realised five gold and two silver medals out of eight swims.  After an exhausting three days, but in what proved to be an astonishing finale, Michael Umnov  swam the men’s 200 individual medley hitting the wall with an incredible 2.08.20 shaving more than a second from his previous time.

During the same weekend, Sirens ASC was also represented across Europe. Matthew Zammit took part in Swim Open 2016, an Olympic qualifier in Stockholm.   Matthew reached 50m freestyle final swiping an impressive three seconds from his existing time to get 23.43.  Immediately following her Easter meet success, Charis Ceccarelli travelled to Holland to take part in the 12th Annual SwimCup in Eindhoven where she matched her times in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly events.

Swimming school Chairman, Marian Bugeja, said, “We could not be more proud of our swimmers and their excellent results, especially considering the relatively short space of time between two major events.  Huge thanks go to our coaching team for their professionalism and dedication and, of course, family and friends for their continued support.”

Link to results – Msecm results

Link to Gallery – Easter Meet 2016






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