Cambridge Triumph in Third Round of Junior Fenland League

By Jacqui Taylor

18th June 2012

With a total of 28 wins of the 43 races contested, the City of Cambridge Swimming Team recorded a resounding victory over their nearest rivals Boston and Peterborough in the 3rd Round of the Junior Fenland League at Newmarket on Saturday 9th June.

The team performed at their very best with 31 personal best swims across all age groups. In the 9 year old age group, Cameron Wolstencroft (50m freestyle), Charlotte Laing (50m Breaststroke) and Ilyas Abouelouafi (50m Backstroke) all recorded convincing wins from their nearest rivals.

In the 10 year old category, Anya Fleming led the way with 2 wins in personal best times (50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle) before joining her team for a 3rd win in the 8x25m squadron relay. In the boys, training partner Jacek Schmidt also produced some impressive swims to record victory in the 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke, taking over 3 seconds off his previous breaststroke time. In this age group, there were also wins for Emily Semple (50m breaststroke) and swimming for the first time in this league and swimming in an older age group, Harvey Skellern (25m Fly).

Amongst the 11 year olds, Megan Johnson shone with 2 individual wins (50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke). She barely had time to take breath after her breaststroke win before taking her place in the triumphant relay team. Josh Borrett, despite sustaining an injury to his head earlier in the week, also recorded a win in the 50m Fly.

Half of the winning swims were recorded in the 12 and 13 year old age groups with many of the swimmers competing in older age groups. Jasmine Skellern swam at her best to record 3 wins (13 years 50m freestyle, 50m Fly and relay). The same was true of training squad partners, Bronagh Whisken (12 years 50m Freestyle, 100m Individual Medley and relay), Natasha Howard (50m Backstroke and 50m Fly), Susannah Fraser (50m Breaststroke) and Oliver Heydinger (50m Breaststroke) with all 5 swimmers recording personal best times on their way to victory.

12 year old Ed Bullock recorded two personal best times on his way to wins in the 13 years age group in 50m Freestyle and 100m Individual Medley. Other swimmers securing first places in older age groups were 12 year Edmund Laing (13 years Breaststroke), 10 year old Jake Moxham (12 years Fly), 12 year old Dale Bean (13 years Backstroke), 11 year old Kayde Sylvester (12 years Freestyle and relay) and 10 year old George Whisken who swam in the 13 year old age group securing a win in the 50m Fly.

The final points score was Cambridge 195, Boston 132, Peterborough 128, First Strokes 86 and March 78.


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