Chatteris Kingfishers were represented by 23 swimmers – 12 girls and 11 boys – at the 19th Fenland Open Meet in Whittlesey, which they organised together with March Marlins.
Swimmers ranged in age from 8 to 26 and between them they managed to win seven first places, 13 seconds and 11 thirds, as well as 49 personal bests and three season’s bests against 14 swimming clubs.
The 11/U could swim 50m back, breast, fly and front crawl as well as the 100 I.M., whilst the 12/O swam all these in 100m distances.
Mark Thompson (26) won four out of the five races, backstroke and I.M. in PB’s as well – just pipped to the post in the 100m front crawl by his teammate Liam Oliver (17) – and this earned him the top boy trophy in the Open age category. Oliver came second in 100m breast and I.M. and third in 100m backstroke and butterfly.
Jake Hoy (13) also did very well, earning silver in 100 back, breast, I. M.and front crawl (PB), whilst 9 year-old Freddie Allen won bronze in all five of his races, and all in PB times! Thomas Hanley (11) also swam PBs in all five of his races with second places in the 50m breaststroke and front crawl, 4th in 50m butterfly and 5th in 50m backstroke and 100m I.M.
Riley Astley (11) and Liam Hill (13) both achieved three PB’s, with Riley ending up fourth in 50m backstroke and breaststroke. Oliver Ayres (12) and Elliott Stocker (10) each swam a PB in the front crawl, with Stocker doing so in the 50m breaststroke. Ben Noble (8) and Harry Rayner (9) completed the boys’ line-up.
Kathleen Loveridge (25) led the girls by example, taking second in the 100m I.M. (PB), butterfly (S.B.) and 100 back and 3th and 5th respectively in 100m breaststroke and 100m front crawl (both S.B.).
This inspired Hallie White (11) who ended up in runners-up spot for the top girl in her age group, winning the 50m backstroke and 100 I.M. (both PB), coming second in 50 fly and 50 front crawl (PB) and third in 50m breaststroke (PB), narrowly beaten in the last race by her Peterborough rival who claimed the trophy. Megan Dawson (12) swam to bronze in 100m front crawl an 100m I.M. and 4th in 100m backstroke (PB).and breaststroke.The rest of the group of 11-year old girls did very well, with Kiera Simpson and Kiara Kovacs swimming PB’s in all but the breaststroke, Molly Noble knocking nearly 22 seconds of her 100m I.M. time and Abbie Stocker swimming to PB times in 50m butterfly and 50m front crawl. Amy Cooper (10) and Anastassja Herdien (10) each swam three PB times whilst Melissa Ablett (10) swam PB’s in 100m I.M. and 50m backstroke.
Completing the line-up were 8-year olds Jaden Stevenson - PB in 50m back and 50m front crawl - and Thea Hanley (8), a PB in 50m breaststroke.
Tyler Thomas (13) swam in Norwich in the East Anglian regional championships on Monday and will be reported on next week.