A gold at backstroke in a personal best time of 40.90 for 50m was Hannah Magnuson’s fare well gesture to City of Cambridge Swimming Club. The 10 year old who has swum for the City for a year whilst her father was a sabbatical scholar left the Eastern junior Swimming League match at Thetford straight for the airport and a flight home to the USA.
Sadly her effort could not lift Cambridge into the top three of the closely contested final which proved a needle match between Norwich (university and city) and Ipswich the latter taking the trophy just two points ahead. Peterborough finished in third place in front of West Suffolk and Cambridge who had a ding dong battle for points City finishing just behind West Suffolk with Lowestoft in sixth place.
Cambridge’s strongest section was the boys 11 years and under where Richard Jefferies took silver in the backstroke and freestyle and Jason Gambie, recovering from a broken arm finished with a bronze at breaststroke. After a bronze in butterfly Jack Bartlette joined Gambie Jefferies and Pierantonio Migliore to an outstanding win in their medley relay only to be piped at the post on freestyle. Other notable swims from Cambridge came from nine year Georgia Crawford, Daniel Mills, Bartu Atamert, Adil Patil, Gianmatteo Migliore, ZoeHill, Rayanne Bailey,Eloise Moyes and NicollaJefferies and 10 year old Genki Miyauchi.