Another trophy is gleaming in the cabinet at Parkside after Cambridge swimmers trounced all-comers at the Ipswich Open Designated Meet last week. In the Suffolk club’s open event, CoCSC took the Rachel Noller trophy with a 100 point lead, claiming top girl awards for swimmers in each age group, as well as one for top boy.
Nic Charlesworth, Miriam Crawford, Rachel Loudain and Sophie McGowen made a clean sweep of the the girls awards, while Jeff Hill was named top boy in the 12-13s.
The most prolific wins came from Nic Charlesworth who took the top slot in the over 16s events for 50m freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly, the 200 IM and the over 15s 400 IM, as well as 50 and 200 breastroke. Rachel Loudain claimed four top places in the 12/13 years category for the 50 and 100 freestyle, and the 50 and 100 breastroke. Krissie Taylor won the 200 free and 200 IM for the 12/13s and the 400 free and 400 IM for the 13/14s, with Miriam Crawford taking first place in the 14/15s events for 200 fly and 200 IM. Sophie McGowen won the 200 free and the 50 backstroke for the 11s and under, with big sister Laura first in the 50 back for the 12/13s.
Chris Tidey claimed three firsts in the 16/overs, for 50 and 100 breastroke and 50 fly while Michael Scott won the 200 free for the same age group. Daniel Cox took first place in the 400 IM for 13/14s and Jeff Hill won the 12/13s 100 free.
The wealth of wins were underpinned by a host of second and third places, putting Cambridge ahead of the competition by more than 100 points to claim the gala trophy.
Head coach Tim Westlake said: “With an open event like this we’re reliant on the swimmers to put themselves forward, and we weren’t disappointed. The interest and entry level from the club was tremendous and we had lots of qualifiers which put us in a strong position – and once there, the team fought for every point.”