A packed bus full of City of Cambridge Swimmers made the long journey to Boston for the first round of the new Junior Fenland League season. Despite the team recording 30 personal best swims in 44 races, the home advantage was just too strong and Cambridge were forced into 2nd place behind an impressive looking Boston team.
It was the youngest swimmers, all competing for the first time in the league, who led the way with Cambridge recording 5 wins in the 8 available races in the 9 year old age group. Eloise Parton recorded the first win of the evening in the 50m freestyle gaining a 2 second personal best of 40.51s, 7 seconds ahead of her nearest rival. Luke Taylor won in a similarly convincing style taking 4 seconds off his personal best to record 56.13s in the 50m breaststroke. In a closely fought race, Guy Semple surged ahead to touch first in the 50m backstroke and followed this win with a 2nd place in the 50m freestyle, both again in personal best times. Emulating his victory in the 50m backstroke, Millie Fitzsimmons swam an impressive second half of the race coming in 2 seconds ahead of the next swimmer. The other victor in this age group was Louis Byrne who held his form well in the 25m Butterfly recording a time of 25.26s.
In the 10 years age group, Charlotte Laing notched up valuable points with a closely fought win and second place in the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke respectively, beating her previous personal best times in both races. In the 50m freestyle, Cameron Wolstencroft swam a strong race holding off close competition from his Boston rival.
Amongst the 11 year olds, Cambridge took the top spot in 3 races. Emma Holmes looked impressive in a closely contested 50m backstroke recording a 2 second PB of 41.62s. In the 50m freestyle races, both Alice Heydinger and George Whisken grabbed full points with George also coming in 2nd in the 50m breaststroke.
In the oldest 2 age groups, competition was tough but strong swims resulted in 3 victories amongst the boys. Edmund Laing, not wanting to be outdone by his younger sister, swam a significant personal best time of 41.35s in the 13 years 50m breaststroke, snatching first place in a nail-biting race which saw the Boston swimmer recording the same time. Findlay Livingstone swimming the same race but in the 12 years age group had a much more comfortable victory, 5 secs ahead of his rivals. Oliver Heydinger took the final win of the night in the 4x25m Individual Medley. Oliver was behind at the half way point but swam a very strong 25m of his favourite breaststroke to gain the lead which he held for the remainder of the race.
Final scores: Boston 172, Cambridge 151, Deepings 120, Wisbech 109, First Strokes 73.