Runners-up trophy for Cambridge Swimmers
A delighted Cambridge swimming squad lifted the runners-up trophy in the Junior Fenland League Finals on Saturday.
Despite reduced numbers, the City of Cambridge Swimming Team of nine to 13-year-olds managed to secure 133 points to take second place behind host team Kings Lynn, defeating Huntingdon, Saxons and Chatteris.
The team took eight first places, including a blistering display in the final event, the eight-strong squadron relay which saw Cambridge finish clear leaders.
Callum Attfield took a massive five seconds of his personal best to dominate the rest of the field in the 11-and-under 50m freestyle, while James Rumbelow touched first in the 13/u event. George Crofts also PB-d to take first place in the 12/u freestyle.
Ten-year-old Andy Thompson surged ahead in the boys breastroke to take first place and two seconds off his PB, while Alexi Solomou came in first in the backstroke event a second faster than his previous best time, and achieved another personal best with his third place in the 12/u individual medley. Scott Gilmour also managed a PB to take second place in the 13/u IM.
Joel Gilmour, Zoe Othieno, Cody Duncan and Jessica Hill, the youngest team members, clinched first place in the nine-year-old freestyle mixed relay and managed a creditable second in the medley event, while 10-year-old Tilly Beeken took first place in the backstroke.
Storm Macauley Leak took a second off her PB to come in a very close second in the 11/u breastroke, while James Gallagher repeated the feat with second place in the 13/u fly event, shaving a second off his personal best. Richard Sales also took a second off his PB to take third in the 12/u backstroke.
Twelve-year-old Rebecca Lanham beat her Individual Medley PB by nine seconds with a further three seconds off her breastroke, and Sophie Nixon PB’d by four seconds in the 13/u freestyle.
Cambridge also achieved a host of second places – Harry Douglas in the 11/u breastroke, Alice Marks in the 13/u backstroke, Sophie Last in the 10’s breastroke, Chris Budd in the 11/u fly, Helen Struthers in 10-year-old freestyle and Michelle Page-Croft in the 12/u freestyle event.
Coach Elaine Hill said: “Achieving second place overall in the Junior Fenland League is a fantastic accomplishment and we’re delighted. The squad worked extremely hard on the night, and the support they demonstrated for each other was tremendous, including swimmers who turned up to cheer on the team even though they weren’t taking part.
“But reaching the finals in the first place was down to the entire team, not just those who were swimming on Saturday. I’m extremely proud of the effort and dedication each of my swimmers showed throughout the season.”
Final points were:
Kings Lynn 145, Cambridge 133, Huntingdon 111, Saxons 102, Chatteris 86.