Records come crashing down in club champs
Almost 40 records were smashed at the City of Cambridge Swimming Club championships, which finished at the end of January.
Swimmers from across the club, ranging from national level competitors to those just starting out, fought it out among age groups in a total of 42 different events – and the club is confident it’s well on the way to finding some future top competitors.
The championships kicked off with the youngest competitors, in the nines and under section – Cody Duncan, Sean Collier and Max Macauley Leak took gold, silver and bronze respectively in the 25m freestyle, breastroke and backstroke, while Jessica Hill took gold in the girls events for the free, breastroke and fly - Zoe Othieno just touched out Jessica for gold in the backstroke, and claimed silver in the freestyle with Carmen Hodgkiss taking silver in the fly. Sophie Lanham took bronze in all but the breastroke, with Anna Tenberg and Lottie Sharp silver and bronze in that event. Sean Collier smashed the club’s previous record by more than seven seconds to take gold in the boys 25m fly, with Cody Duncan second and Craig Collier, Sean’s younger brother, in third.
In the ten-year-old boys, Andy Thompson took nine titles, setting new club records for the 100m and 200m breastroke, the 100m freestyle and the 200m IM. Ashley Gilmour scooped 2 golds, in 50m fly and 100m backstroke, with Alexander Nixon breaking a club record to take gold in the 200m freestyle. Jack Whitelegg claimed first place in the 200m backstroke.
Matilda Beeken scooped three golds in the 10 year old girls events, for the 100m free, 50 fly and 50 free, with Amy Dive taking first place for 50 backstroke.
The girls’ 11-year-old events were dominated by Sophie McGowan who seized 10 golds, breaking seven club records – one, the gruelling 400m freestyle, by almost 30 seconds. Storm Macauley Leak and Catherine Mumford each claimed two titles, Storm taking gold in the 100m and 200m breastroke, and Catherine winning the 10m freestyle and 50 backstroke.
Over in the boys’ events, 11-year-old Harry Douglas led the field, taking eight golds and setting a new club record for 50 fly in the process. Alexi Solomou claimed four titles, with Chris Budd winning two events and Adam Scott one.
There were nine golds for Adam Oakman in the 12-years age group, with Richard Sales and George Crofts taking two each, while Tom Wood and James Pugh also claimed a gold apiece.
And Michelle Page-Croft scooped eight trophies, with Olivia Tenberg claiming five. Rebecca Lanham took gold in the 400m freestyle.
Charlotte Haines took a clear lead in the 13s age group, clinching eight golds and setting two new club records. Laura McGowan and Rachel Loudain each claimed five titles, with Rachel breaking club records to claim each of her golds.
In the 13 year old boys’ events, Jeff Hill proved almost unbeatable, claiming 13 titles. James Gallagher and Steven Kirkup shared the remainder of the golds, with James winning three and Steven two.
Ashley Morris took eight golds in the 14 years age group, with Nathan Miller and Daniel Cox winning three golds apiece and Tim Shipton and Grant Gilmour one each. In the 15s, Andrew Diplock claimed 13 golds.
Hannah Edwards dominated the girls 14 years events, taking 13 firsts, while Hannah Douglas claimed four golds, while in the 15 year old girls, Miriam Crawford took nine titles with Hannah Loudain winning five, Helen Dawkins three and Vikki Thompson one.
The 16s and over men’s events saw Mark Taylor clinch nine golds, with Chris Tidey winning five, Andrew Wells two and Steve Buckley one. The women were evenly matched – Eileen Gallagher and Alice Ely each won four events, with Louise Kedge and Helen Whitton taking three golds each. Nic Charlesworth won the two events she entered, the 200m breastroke and 200m IM, setting new club records for both.