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Gonzalez and Balloqui make it to the swim finals

Swimming Preliminary Rounds 080719(Photo John Bugeja)

The swimming programme started with a full house as the newly build Lathbury swimming pool saw its stands full to the brim on Monday morning. One of the more popular of the summer Island Games programme the new venue enjoyed its official competition debut in style.
With the 52m pool divided into two 25m pools swimmers enjoyed the luxury of warming up next to the actual competition pool, something which had not been seen before.
Gibraltar had a mixed start with Jordan Gonzalez and John Paul Balloqui progressing into the finals which were to take place later in the evening.
In the other races Gibraltar just missed making the cut with some close calls which left our swimmers out of evenings finals.

Brief results
The 4x50m freestyle relay team of Adrianne Carroll, Christina Linares, Rachel Sanders and Katie Tunbridge finished 10th with a time of 1:57.40
Colin Bensadon just missed out from the top eight with a time of 2:11.06 in the 200m individual medley
Jordan Gonzalez made it through to the 50m Backstroke finals finishing 4th in the heats with a time of 26.72. Elijah Cruz just missed out with a time of 28.59
In the women’s 50m breaststroke Ashlyn Gonzalez finished 15th against a strong field with a time of 38.05
In swimming Zack Kaemmerlen finished 11th in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:09.54 just missing out in a place in the finals
Gibraltar swimmer John Paul Balloqui finished 8th in the 200m preliminary rounds with 2:09.80. Matt Sagittarius finished 9th just missing out with 2:13:15
Balloqui makes the finals of the 200m Butterfly later this evening