Cracking performances from the squad put City of Cambridge Swimming Club just outside first place in the weekend’s Senior Fenland League gala, held at Peterborough.
They took a massive 13 wins with 19 personal bests (PB), claiming 40 top three places out of 47 events. And there were some stunning individual performances. Harry Douglas, 12, stacked up three individual wins as well as anchoring one of the boys relay teams to victory.
And 14-year-old Charlotte Haines dominated her events, taking two first places and swimming up an age group in the winning girls’ open age group freestyle relay.
Haines opened the gala for Cambridge, winning the 14/under 100m individual medley (IM) on a PB of 1.14.93. Later she took first place in the 100m fly, finishing with another PB of 1.13.51.
Team mate Douglas took a clear lead in the 100m individual medley (IM) finishing with a PB of 1.19.13. And he stormed to the front in the 50m freestyle, touching with another blistering PB of 32.07. He was back in first place again for the 50 fly, with a time of 36.47.
Alice Ely took first in the girls open 100m fly, James Gallagher won the 14/under 100m breastroke on 1.21.16 with a third place in the 100m IM while Joshua Pettican claimed first in the boys 14/under fly on a PB of 1.11.60 and later added a third place in the 100m freestyle with a another PB of 1.03.95.
In the youngest age group, the 10s and under, Sean Collier won the 50m backstroke on 41.18 and was third in the 50m fly, and Jessica Hill and Alex Graham touched first the 10/u 50m freestyle events, both with PBs – Hill with 36.30 and Graham on 36.31. Hill also took second in the 50m fly and Graham came third in the 50m breastroke.
Storm Macauley Leak took an impressive two seconds off her PB to claim second place in the 12/under 50m breastroke with 43.86, adding to her earlier third place in the 100m IM. Daniel Cox and Hannah Edwards took two second places apiece, Cox in the open 100m fly with a PB of 1.04.51 and the 100m backstroke (1.07.27), and Edwards with a PB of 1.14.09 in the open 100m IM and the 100m freestyle (1.03.22).
There were three more second places for Cambridge in backstroke events - Chris Budd PB’d with 39.83 in the boys 12/under, Lizzie Harling finished on a PB of 1.15.56 in the 14/u 100m backstroke and Zoe Othieno touched on 43.54 in the 10/u event. Fourteen-year-old Jeff Hill, swimming up in the open age group claimed second in the 100m freestyle with 58.3 and third in the 100m IM on 1.11.29.
Tilly Beeken added to the points when she took third in the 50m freestyle with a PB of 35.19, and there were more PBs combined with third places for Helen Struthers with 41.44 in the 12/u 50m fly and Emily Thorpe with 1.35.58 in the 100m breastroke.
Danielle Hubbard, Steve Kirkup and Eileen Gallagher also took third, Hubbard in the 14/u 100m free, Kirkup in the same age 100m backstroke, and Gallagher the open 100m backstroke.
And there was a PB for Anna Tenberg who finished with 50.42 in the girls 10/under 50m breastroke.
The relay squads claimed two firsts – 10-year-old Sean Collier joined older team mates, Adam Scott, Budd and Douglas to win the 12/under freestyle relay, while Haines also swam up an age group with Eileen Gallagher, Ely and Edwards, with the squad taking first in the open freestyle event.
And there were three second places. Anna McHugh, Sophie Lanham, Zoe Othieno and Jessica Hill in the 10/u freestyle relay, Olivia Tenberg, Hubbard, Harling and Haines in the 14/u event, and Kirkup, Douglas Gordon, James Gallagher and Pettican in the same age boys relay.
The girls 12/u squad of Struthers, Jessica Hill, Beeken and Macauley Leak came third as did the canon relay team of Andrew Wilkinson, Othieno, Douglas, Struthers, Gordon, Olivia Tenberg, James Smith and Ely. Alex Garner joined his team mates in the boys 10/under relay, which finished fourth.
Host squad City of Peterborough won the gala with 252 points, Cambridge finished with 214, Grantham on 183, Huntingdon 141, Ely 106 and March 70.