This weekend saw quite a haul for the club – Sophie McGowan gained another national qualifying time, while the squads from CoCSC snapped up two more trophies to add to the burgeoning trophy cabinet.
At the Regional Pool, home to City of Peterborough, our swimmers achieved 63 PBs overall as they piled up 339 points to take home the trophy for top visiting club. And 12-year-old Sophie went all out to manage a very special PB in the 200 free, qualifying for the National Championships in the summer.
The two day gala saw some exciting and hard fought races, particularly between CoCSC and COPS. Coach Elaine Hill said: “The number of PBs achieved shows how hard our swimmers were competing – and to gain the trophy for top visiting club with just 18 swimmers is an achievement they can all be proud of.”
Swimmers with PBs included Storm Macauley Leak and James Rumbelow with seven apiece, Jeff Hill with six, Sophie McGowan, Alice Ely, Andreas Constantinides and Andrew Thompson with four, Laura McGowan, Luke Westwood, Eileen Gallagher, James Gallagher and George Crofts all managed three, Max Macauley Leak, Matilda Beeken, Douglas Gordon and Mark Taylor each achieved two, while there was on apiece for Vikki Thompson and Ashley Morris.
Closest local rivals for the visitor’s trophy were St Ives, fifth overall, Chatteris Kingfishers eighth, Huntingdon Piranhas 13th and St Neots Swans 15th
Cambridge youngsters also managed a massive 31 first places in just 39 events to win the Rose Seely trophy against Bottisham and host team Newmarket in the Novice Gala.
The squad included some of Cambridge’s youngest swimmers. Those competing were brothers Sean and Craig Collier, Rebecca Lanham, Amy Dive, Alex Nixon, Karina Page, Michael Whyatt, Catherine Mumford, Cody Duncan, Zoe Othieno, Alex Gardner, Zoe Poulter, Adam Scott, Sophie Lanham, Han So Lee, Helen Struthers, Dominic Wyard, Charlotte Radford, Callum Swanson, David Middleton and sisters Tarryn and Carmen Hodgkiss. Carmen and Han So collected the trophy on behalf of the team.
Hill said: “It was a closely fought gala, although we did have the advantage because our squad trains in a longer pool - their stamina is excellent, and it really showed on the second length.
“I’m very proud of the whole squad as they all swam extremely well, but Adam Scott deserves a special mention for his efforts.”