The latest round of the Junior Fenland League, held at Parkside Pools at the weekend, saw some blistering performances from host squad the City of Cambridge Swimming Club.
Twelve-year-old Harry Douglas, from Harston, blasted ahead of the field in the 50 breastroke to finish first with a massive five second personal best (PB) of 43.50, smashing through the cut off time. Teammate Storm Macauley Leak, from Witchford Village College, followed him into the water in the girls’ event to take the second of her two wins for Cambridge. She finished with a PB of 45.37 in the 12/under 50 m breastroke, to add to her first place in the backstroke which saw another PB of 41.71.
Douglas and Macauley Leak were just two of the 10 Cambridge swimmers combining first places with PBs – and six of those went through the cut off times.
Alexi Solomou opened the gala with a first in the 12/under 100m individual medley, finishing with a PB of 1.27.19 and beating the cut off, while Adam Scott achieved the same in the 50m freestyle on 34.58 and Amy Dive repeated the feat on 46.9 in the 11/under 50m breastroke. Douglas Gordon took a second off his freestyle PB and Alex Graham also went through the cut off time in the boys 10 years 50m backstroke, touching first on 44.49.
Others taking first places with PBs were Sophie Lanham who finished with 46.67 in the 10 years backstroke, Luke Westwood who took 2 seconds off his 50m fly PB in the 13/under event and Catherine Mumford with 41.22 in the 12/under butterfly.
But the biggest achievement came from Matthew Wilkinson, of Duxford, who took a huge eight seconds off his personal best in the 13/under IM to finish fourth in a strong field.
There were first places for James Pugh in the 13/under backstroke, Olivia Tenberg in the same age breastroke and Chris Budd in the 12/under backstroke.
And more PBs came from Tilly Beeken, who finished second in the 11/under 50m fly with a two second PB of 42.44, Chris Budd, swimming up an age group, also touching second place in the 13/under breastroke with a PB of 45.72, while David Middleton took three seconds off his personal best, with another second place on 38.61. Alex Nixon added to the points with yet another second place, finishing with a PB of 49.03 in the 11/under breastroke.
Carmen Hodgkiss, Michelle Page Croft and Sophie Last all finished with PBs, Carmen on 23.19 in the 10 years 1 length fly, Michelle with 34.19 in the 13/under freestyle, and Sophie on 49.69 in the girls 11/under backstroke.
Andriana Korniotis achieved two third places, in the 13/under 100m IM and backstroke, Sean Collier and Anna Tenberg both finished second in the 10 years breastroke, while Andy Thompson took third in the boys 11/under backstroke. The nine years freestyle relay team of Craig Collier, Emma Struthers, Charlotte Last and Hugh Thomson also finished third.
Other swimmers representing Cambridge included Tarryn Hodgkiss, Michael Whyatt, Zoe Othieno, Rebecca Lanham, Jenni Corbett and Alex Garner.
Final points were Deepings 157, Cambridge 129, Wisbech 109, Huntingdon 99 and Downham 71.