A team of 23 swimmers from the Sliema Aquatic Sports Club have earned third place at the Dresden Christollen Schwimfest 2023 in Germany last weekend, placing them ahead of 45 other clubs from Germany, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Poland amongst others.
Flanked by Sliema’s head swimming coach Cikka Paolella and Jeffrey Galea, swimmers gave their all to secure a prominent place for the Sliema swimming club – clocking several personal bests throughout the weekend.
Paolella said this was a long weekend of racing producing very satisfying results after the first training cycle.
“All swimmers gave their hundred percent over the three days which was reflected in the standings. Hoping to continue with this momentum throughout the season,” said Paolella.
The meet also marked new national age group records. Matthew Satariano lowered his own 200m fly age group C record, with a new time of 2:13.97 and on the final day Caine Schembri smashed his own age group C record in 100m breastroke with a new time of 1:09.40.
Meanwhile Associate Head Coach Jeffrey Galea said he was thrilled with the team’s performance.
“Months of dedication and hard work have paid off, and I personally couldn’t be prouder to end the year with such high-level results,” he said.
“I am optimistic that swimming will be given more importance if we keep bringing such positive results as a club, and as a nation.”
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