20th April 2013: City of Cambridge Swimming team made the long journey to Cardiff for the club’s 2nd consecutive appearance in the National Arena league B final where we had qualified as runners up in the East Region. As a relatively small club this in itself is a huge achievement and puts our swimmers up against some of the biggest and most establish clubs in the country.
The team were in high spirits and Cambridge supporters in great voice it was always going to be an environment the swimmers embraced.
On the day the stand out swims came in the relays. First win came in the boy’s 9-11yrs 200m Freestyle relay where our team of Evan Thomas-Mansfield, Matthew Titman, Harvey Skellern and Jake Moxham, touched just ahead of Windsor and Rushmoor Royals to take first. In the very next race the girls 13yrs and Under Medley team of Lauren Hall, Emily Biggs, Sophia Rodrigues and Kate Little swam in with just over a second to spare in front of Stockport Metro. The 13yrs and Under girls were not however done for the day and the Freestyle team of Kate Little, Emily Biggs, Lauren Hall and Millie Emmans squeezed in two hundredths of a second in front of Beckenham to claim their second win of the final.
Of the individual swims, the coaching team highlighted the following as particularly impressive:
Emily Biggs- 13yrs and Under girls Breaststroke - 3rd Place
Matthew Titman - 9-11yrs Backstroke - 4th place
Evie Harrington - 9-11yrs Butterfly - 5th place
Evan Thomas Mansfield – 9-11yrs Butterfly and Freestyle - 5th place in both events
Lauren Hall – 13yrs and Under Backstroke-5th place
Kate Little – 13yrs and Under Freestyle - 5th place
Becky Burton – 15yrs and Under Breaststroke - 5th place
Overall the team finished 10th with 183 points, ranking Cambridge as the 20th most successful club in the country. Preston took the overall title with 340 points with City of Salford only one point behind in second place.
James Freezer, Cambridge’s Head Coach commented, “It was a great weekend for all our swimmers and coaches. We competed and battled in every event and when you look at the standard of swimmers and clubs we were coming up against it shows just how far we have come. Being a part of events like these makes it very clear just what we need to do if we are to continue to improve and challenge these bigger more established clubs in the years ahead”.