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The expected result perhaps, with City of Leeds, so often the winners of the A final, this year having to settle for success in the B final, but City of Cambridge acquitted themselves admirably in their first team gala at this level of competition, finishing a creditable 6th, a mere 6 points behind fourth placed Norwich Penguins. A massive effort by all of the relay teams at the end of the gala made a big impression into the lead that Norwich and 5th placed City of Salford had built up, but the gap turned out to be just too great.
There were many excellent swims throughout the team, however. Gemma Tinson and Ian Thwaites completed an open backstroke double for CoCSC in 1:08.28 and 1:01.17 respectively, and together with the Boys 15&under freestyle relay posted Cambridge's three wins of the gala. Rachel Loudain swam superbly to gain second place in her 100m Breastroke in 1:21.63, and the club also picked up 8 other second places, amongst which Ian Thwaites narrowly missed out on a double victory, having to settle for second in the men's 100 free.
Elsewhere, all of the junior age groups swam way beyond expectations gaining valuable points towards the team's total, particularly those in the 11&under age group who had not swum in a 50 pool before. Ashley Morris gained an impressive second place in the 100 fly and Daniel Cox 3rd in the 100 back at under 13 level, and with these points combined with the usual high standard of performances from the likes of Liam Wardley, Nic Charlesworth and Stu Taylor the club posted an excellent overall score.
It cannot be stressed, however, how much this was a team performance. Everyone who made the trip to Crystal Palace to compete deserves many congratulations for some excellent swimming and the general level of enthusiasm for the gala.