Lincoln Vulcans Open Meet

By R. Kerridge

2nd November 2011

City of Cambridge Swimming Club swimmers attended the recent Lincoln Vulcans Open meet held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. This is a prestigious Level 1 meet, attended by some of Britainís top national athletes. There were strong performances from the team of particular note were those of Millie Emmans and Rebecca Burton, who both placed in the overall top 20 female category. Millie took joint 2nd place, and Rebecca joint 20th. The club as a whole finished in 10th place, of the top club competition which is a fantastic achievement.

In the 11 years age group, Millie Emmans took golds in the 50m 100m and 400m freestyle, and in the 200m distance she grabbed silver in the Individual Medley and the freestyle and rounded off her haul with bronzes in the 100m butterfly and breaststroke races

In the 12 years age group Rebecca Burton shone to take 1st place in the 200m I.M. as well as the 100m and 200m breaststroke, she placed just outside the medals with a 4th place in the 50m freestyle.

Katie Little, also 12, finished 5th in the 200m I.M. and the 200m breaststroke. In her other races Katie placed 6th in the 100m breaststroke, 8th in the 200m backstroke and 9th in the 50m freestyle. Rounding off the age group, Lauren Hall took 5th in the 200m backstroke and team mate Emily Taylor finished in 14th in the 50m freestyle. Tom Harrington was the only representative for the 12 year old boys, and put in fantastic swims to finish 6th in the 50m freestyle, 9th in the 100m freestyle and 12th in the 100m backstroke. In the 13 year old age group Sam Pedder placed 8th in the 100m backstroke and 12th in the 200m freestyle.

14 year old Annie Little came 9th in the both the 100m and 200m breaststroke, in the freestyle she placed 13th in the 50m event and was 29th in the 100m distance. In the 200m I.M. Annie finished 32nd.

For the 14 years boys Bartu Atamert and Boris Ledovskih put in super swims, with Bartu taking silver in the in the 100m breaststroke and a bronze in the 200m breaststroke. Boris was competing in a wider range of events, and placed best in the 200m freestyle where he took home the silver medal. In his other events Boris was 5th in the 400m freestyle, 7th in the 50m freestyle, 8th in the 200m backstroke, 10th in the 100m freestyle, and 12th in the 100m backstroke.

The 15 years age group was well represented by the club, with Liam Doonan placing highest with 5th in both the 200m butterfly and the 200m breaststroke and a 6th in the 100m breaststroke. Liam rounded the meet off with a 7th in the 100m butterfly. Seb Pettican, also 15, came 7th in the 200m backstroke and the 50m freestyle, 10th in the 100m backstroke, and 15th in both the 100m and 200m freestyle.

The 15 year old girls also performed well, finishing high in the results and achieving new personal best times at the meet. Georgia Crawford was 6th in the 200m IM and the 100m freestyle, 10th in the 50m freestyle and 11th place in the 200m freestyle. Alex Holt fared best in the 200m backstroke with a 10th place finish Alex also placed 20th in the 50m freestyle. Girlsí Captain Sam Auker finished just outside the top ten in the 200m backstroke with an 11th place, Sam finished 13th in the 200m freestyle, 16th in the 100m freestyle, and 18th in the 50m freestyle.

Boys Captain Richard Jefferies 16, was up against much older athletes and team GB swimmers, in the 16 and over category. Richard put in great swims to place 5th in the 100m backstroke, 10th in the 200m backstroke, 7th 200m IM 15th 100m fly 32nd 100m freestyle.

Head coach James Freezer was pleased with the strong performances in this early season long course meet. This was a great opportunity for the swimmers to compete against alongside some of Britainís Olympic hopefuls at this prestigious meet.

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