City of Cambridge Swimming Club annual Championships got off to a flying start at the weekend. With swimmers from 7 and over taking part, there was a highly competitive edge to the meet, and with Club Championship records to be broken everyone gave it their all. Most records were broken in the 11-year-old age group, with Sam Pedder posting great new times in the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, and 100m individual medley. The records continued to tumble as 9yr old Harry Robinson flew to a win in the 50m butterfly.
Ellie Winter (13) set new records in the 200m freestyle and 100m individual medley, whilst Richard Jefferies (14) improved on his own 400m individual medley county record when he broke the club record as well. He also took records in the 100m individual medley and 100m freestyle, as well winning all the races in the boys 14-year-old age group. Robert Brunton provided a similarly dominant showing in the 10-year-old boys category, winning all events.
For the older swimmers, Ian Thwaites smashed the 16+ records for the 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 100m individual medley and the 100m freestyle, giving the youngsters an impressive show. Elsewhere there were a series of exciting races between younger swimmers. The 9-and-under category also saw competition between Millie Emmans and Sarah Brunton, particularly in the 50m breaststroke, where they took joint first place and joint-share of a new club record at the same time. Millie also posted a new record in the 50m butterfly, as did Alistair Minshall in the boys 50m backstroke and breaststroke. Similarly in the 12-year-old boys age group, there was good competition between Bartu Atamert and Boris Ledovskih, who fought for first and second places each of their events. Everyone gave it their best, and it was a great show of strength in depth for the club.