Midland District Age Group - w/e one


18th June 2003

A 14-year-old City of Cambridge swimmer has smashed through the national qualifying time (NQT) for one of the most gruelling events in the sport – Jeff Hill finished the 1500m freestyle event in 17.46.87, 13 seconds inside the NQT, at the Midland District Age Group Championship at the weekend.

And he bettered his entry time for the national championship in the 400m freestyle, too, with a long course personal best of 4.30.87.

There was a massive 14-plus second long course PB for CoCSC’s Adam Oakman, from Shepreth – again in the 400 free, the 12-year-old touched with a national qualifying time of 4.56.02, and gained another long course PB in the 100m free with 1.06.81.

Sophie McGowan, from Croxton, also improved on her national qualifying time for the 400m free – the 12-year-old finished with a long course PB of 4.58.81 at the Coventry pool.

McGowan also achieved a long course PB in the 100m free with 1.06.88 and in the 200IM of 2.47.08, with Hill echoing the performance on 2.32.74 in the boys’ 200IM.

Charlotte Haines competed in five events and claimed long course PBs in three – the 13-year-old finished on 2.22.34 in the 200m free, and 2.42.73 in the 200 IM. Haines also managed a creditable eighth place in her first long course attempt at the demanding 400m IM, with a time of 5.37.06.

Twelve year old Danielle Hubbard qualified for two events and faced a tough task when she competed in the 200m IM for the first time in a 50m pool – she touched with 2.54.88.

And 13-year-old Josh Pettican, one of Cambridge’s newest members, finished on 4.57.95 in the 400 free.

The second weekend of the Midland District Championship takes place on June 21 and 22.


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