At the Bussens and Parkin Novice Trophy Gala, 8 year old Amelia Peak started things off for City of Cambridge Swimming Club with a blistering 25m freestyle. She finished in a time off 22.32 seconds, a full two seconds clear of the competition. She also won her second race of the evening, the 25m breastroke.
The girls 9 and under category saw two winning swims for Emily Yull, in the 25m fly and 25m breaststroke. Team-mate Nicole Bradford also came first in the 25m backstroke, and took second place in the 25m freestyle. Elizabeth Minshall got the final top spot for the girls in the 8 years 25m backstroke, and came fourth in the 25m butterfly. Catherine Grey was second in the 50m freestyle, and fourth in the 50m breaststroke.
Leading the boys were Robert Sewell (11) and Owen Jewell (10), with wins in the both the 11 and under and the 10 and under 50m fly and 50m backstroke. Josh Borrett took the other first place for the boys in the 8 years 25m backstroke, and was placed third in the 25m butterfly.
Brothers, Edward and Thomas Bullock, also swam well, with Thomas coming third in the 11 and under 50m freestyle and fourth in the 50m breaststroke. Edward took second place in the 9 and under breaststroke but went flying through the cut off time in the 25m backstroke. Also on flying form was Alistair Minshall (10). He sped through the cut off times in his races, achieving great times but unfortunately no points for the team!
There were solid swims from Lily Rathbone, Jade Drain and Louis Banyard who took third places in their races, while Stephanie Budenburg and Harrison Peak finished fourth in theirs. Going into the final event, the squadron relay, City were second on points. Despite a super team swim to come second in the relay, it wasn’t quite enough to see off March. The team finished in third place overall.
Final points: St Ives 96, March 80 Cambridge 79, Mildenhall 61.