Sunday 11 March 2012. Two swimmers from the City of Cambridge Disability Squad took a break from a heavy training schedule to compete at the County Championships held at Parkside Pool this weekend.
With their main target being the paralympic trials at Sheffield next month, both Alice Rush and Paul Bloss entered the Counties to check their stroke rates and gain some last minute race practise. Both produced outstanding swims to take three out of a possible four gold medals. Bloss, who swims in the S4 category, got the afternoon off to a flying start with his first of two races, the 50m Backstroke. Despite covering the first 25 metres at an unsustainable blistering pace, he managed to hold on to take the gold medal with a time of 1m.25.96seconds. With a long break before his next race in the evening session, he had time to gather his strength and set off for the 50m Breastroke. With both 25 metres being swum at a more even pace for the race he not only took his second gold medal but also achieved a personal best time of 1min 39 secs.
It was touch and go whether Alice Rush competed. Having entered for two events in her S7 category she was ill earlier in the day and clearly under the weather. However, she decided to go ahead and use the first race as a warm up for the second and main target event the 200m Freestyle. Swimming any race when not feeling well is hard enough but the 200m race is considered to be the longest of the sprint events with the competitors racing at maximum for all eight lengths. Alice therefore had to dig deep and dig deep she did finishing just outside her personal best but still quick enough to secure her the gold medal. Their assistant coach Kira Bonomo was delighted with the result and said it showed how far the Cambridge Disability Swimming Squad had progressed when our swimmers can race so well in events they have not targeted and bodes well for our aim of having swimmers competing in the 2016 Rio Paralympics.