The ASFGB nationals at Sheffield saw the City of Cambridge’s strongest ever results for its senior squad – swimmers achieved four places in finals, with a total of eight semi-final slots in the competition.
Nic Charlesworth achieved an incredible fifth place in the women’s 400m IM, on 5.00.54, while Chris Tidey claiming seventh position in the men’s 50m breastroke finals with 29.42, and Ian Sharpe took third place in the multi-disability nationals 100m fly event.
Nic had a second top ten place to her credit in the 200m IM – 2.22.09 saw her ninth after the semi-finals, while Chris came in 11th in the 100m breastroke on 1.05.09.
Liam Wardley, back briefly from his training in Australia, qualified for the finals of the men’s 200m IM and finished eighth with 2.09.83, and managed a semi-finals place in the 200m backstroke – 2.08.13 secured him 10th place overall. Another swim in the 400m IM earned Liam a final position of 15th.
Nic Charlesworth also claimed two 18th places in the 50m and 100m breastroke events, with Mike Scott finishing 17th in the men’s 100m breastroke.
Rachel Loudain finished highest of our 14-year-old competitors, in 23rd place for the 100m breastroke with 1.17.27. Krissie Taylor came 24th overall in the women’s 400m IM with a time of 5.19.35. Rachel was also placed 30th in the 200m breastroke event on 2.48.62, with team mate Harper Staples just behind her with 2.51.23, finishing 33rd overall.
Our head coach Tim Westlake was in Sheffield with the team. He said: “The results were fantastic – the best ever for our senior squad at the nationals. Every swimmer excelled themselves and they should be very proud of their efforts. And Nic came up with the swim of the week for us, with that fifth place finish against some very tough competition.”