County A report

26th March 2003

Storming performance at County Champs sees Cambridge way ahead of the competition

Our swimmers swept to victory in the County A Championships, clinching the overall County Cup by around 300 points as well as claiming every other trophy up for grabs - the Junior, Senior, Age Group and Relay Cups all have a new home at Parkside.

The club clocked up a total of 116 individual gold medals, as well as 81 silver and 101 bronze. We won every relay race but one in the last weekend’s events, taking home 34 relay medals in all three colours, and managed a total of almost 500 top six point-scoring places over the length of the competition.

And the squad shattered county records along the way, breaking and setting a massive 70-plus new records. Nic Charlesworth led the way for the team, breaking around a dozen of her own senior records while Krissie Taylor, Rachel Loudain and Miriam Crawford added to the girls’ junior haul.

There were some stunning performances along the way, not least Sophie McGowan, who broke through the five minute barrier in the 400m freestyle to break clubmate Krissie Taylor’s 11-year age group record by a massive 17.56 seconds, finishing just a smidgeon outside of a national qualifying time – and, incredibly, this outing was only Sophie’s second ever attempt at this distance.

Sophie also took more than eight seconds off her own record for 200m backstroke, almost nine seconds off the county record for 200m IM and broke the 100m free record by just short of three seconds, collecting 11 gold medals along the way.

Fourteen-year-old Krissie Taylor was determined not to let Sophie’s new records reduce her own appearances as a county record holder - she took nearly nine seconds off both the 400m IM and the 200m fly, breaking her own junior record in the latter. Krissie went home with a haul of eight firsts along with two silvers and a bronze, while team mate Miriam Crawford took ten golds, and three each of silver and bronze.

In the men’s events, 13-year-old Jeff Hill shone – while racking up no fewer than 16 gold medals, he broke the 400m freestyle country record by almost nine seconds and the corresponding 200m record by just short of six. Closest to Jeff in the medal stakes was Mark Taylor, 16, who finished with 11 golds and six silvers.

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