City of Cambridge Swimming Club had a very successful weekend at the East Region Winter Short Course Championships in Norwich, where a combination of younger up-and-coming swimmers took part alongside more experienced competitors.
Those qualifying for this top regional event included a number of Cambridge University swimmers, who have recently joined the club and boosted its senior squad.
Swimming in both individual and team relay events, international swimmer John Sargent was on top form, winning gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke. He also took silver in the 200 individual medley and a bronze in the 50m backstroke.
In the junior (under 16) category, Ellie Winter excelled in the freestyle races, winning bronze in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m. Teammate Richard Jefferies took silver in the 100m and 1500m freestyle, and bronze in the 200m and 400m freestyle.
There were many other strong performances. The senior boy’s captain, Luke Westwood, qualified for the 200m breaststroke A final, finishing seventh amidst tough competition. He also made the grade for the B finals of the 50m and 100m breaststroke, as well as the 100m individual medley. Tim Riviere also made the B final of the 50m backstroke, and Charlotte Begg qualified for the B finals of the 50m and 100m butterfly. In the B final for the 50m backstroke, Emily Bottle finished fifth, while Ho-on To made the B finals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, and the 100m individual medley. Finally, Tom Rootsey qualified for the 100m backstroke in the B final, and finished second.
In the relays, City swimmers shone with John Sargent, Andrew Corley, Dane Rook, and Lee Forster taking an excellent second place in the, 4x 200m freestyle. Bryony Rowsel, Zoë Othieno, Elizabeth Winter and Charlotte Begg made up the women’s team for the 4 x 100m freestyle team finishing in sixth place, and in the 4 x 100m Individual Medley the team of John Sargent, Dane Rook, Ho-On To and Andrew Corley narrowly missed the medals finishing in fourth place.
In the final event of the meet, the men’s team of Richard Jefferies, Andrew Corley, John Sargent and Lee Forster produced another excellent swim, coming a close third behind nationally ranked opposition in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay.
It was a super performance and an exciting end to the two-day event. Coach James Freezer said that it was ‘great to see us competing for medals with the big clubs in the region, both at the senior and junior level. The medal chart shows the club has moved forwards very quickly in a short space of time. Finishing sixth is a massive improvement from seventeenth place last year. However, there is still a huge amount of hard work ahead if we want to compete with the big clubs in this region on all fronts, but we are taking steps in the right direction.’