City Of Cambridge Swimming club continued their successful streak in the fourth round of the Junior Fenland League. Cambridge pulled out all the stops to take the lead in the draw, which was held at Downham Market, Norfolk. With some first choice swimmers unavailable, the team had to swim hard and some of the younger swimmers tackled many events. The stars of the show were undoubtedly the Laing brothers. Eddie took 1st place in the 9 and under 50m backstroke, freestyle and breastroke races, also coming third in the 50m freestyle race when he swam up an age group in the 10 and under boys event. George also came 1st in the 10 and under 50m breaststroke and the 25m butterfly, and 3rd in the 11 and under 50m breastroke. Elder brother Henry finished off the winning tally for the boys, with a 1st place in the 12 and under 50m breastroke.
Another swimmer clocking up the points for City was Sarah Brunton. Competing in a staggering five events, she managed four 1st places and one 3rd. Joshua Concalves, swimming in his first junior league, took the top spots in the 11 and under 50m butterfly and freestyle, and Rebecca Burton took 1st in the 25m butterfly.
At the top end of the age group Christopher Way smashed the upper time limit on the 13 and under 50m butterfly on his way to victory, as did 13-year-old Lili Roney in the 50m freestyle. Sarah Peddar took 2nd place in the 50m breaststroke and gave it her all in the 100m individual medley to finish first. Daisy Bevis was also 1st in the 50m backstroke, and gained a new personal best time of 41.36 to finish 2nd in the 50m butterfly. Adil Patil swam well for a 2nd place in the 12 and under 100m individual medley and was 5th in the 13 and under 50m freestyle in a new personal best time. Felix Kerridge-Kelly, also swimming up an age group, took a 3rd 4th and 5th place in his events to finish off the 13 and under boys’ races.
Ryanne Bailey, 12, took over 7 seconds off her 100m individual medley time to come 4th, and got another personal best in the 50m backstroke where she finished 3rd. Harry Robinson was on super form to finish 1st in the 12 and under 50m freestyle, followed by 2nd place in the 11 and under 50m backstroke and the 12 and under 50m butterfly. Bartu Atamert took 1st in the 50m backstroke, Lauren Crawford, 10, was 1st and 3rd in her events, while Katie Little continued to add to the points tally with a 1st in the 11 and under breaststroke and a 2nd in the 12 and under butterfly. Eve Williams took 2nd places in the 12 and under freestyle and breastroke, and Clare Shawcross was 3rd in the 11 and under 50m fly. Overall, it was another successful night for City.
Final Points: Cambridge 166, Deepings 156, Bottisham 111, W. Norfolk ‘B’ 97, Huntingdon 97.