Chatteris Kingfishers’ youngsters have been very busy lately.
First they swam in the Patterns Transport gala in Wisbech and then they swam in their sprint club championships in Ely, with the rest of the team.
Several of them then swam in the County Development championships in Cambridge, followed by the Peterborough mini-meet where they swam 100 individual medley, 50m breaststroke and 50m front crawl (girls) or 100 I.M., 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly (boys).
In Wisbech they finished fourth with 92 points, behind First Strokes 115, St. Neots 107 and Wisbech 103, but ahead of Huntingdon who had 74 points.
Winners on the night were Tyler Thomas (11), winning the 13/U 50m front crawl, breaststroke and backstroke, Megan Dawson (10) in 12/U 50m front crawl and Hallie White (9) for 11/U 50m butterfly.
Good second places were achieved by Riley Astley in 9/U 25m breaststroke and Thomas Hanley in 9/U and 10/U 25m butterfly. Thomas also got the only third place for his 10/U 25m backstroke.
Further swimmers on the night were Georgia Parnell, Liam Hill, Kaia Richards, Chloe Hewick, Maisie Harper, Daniel Allen, Kiara Kovacs, Euan Sizer, Amy Cooper, Melissa Ablett and Jacob Eshelby.
In Ely they were joined by several other young swimmers, as well as their older team mates to compete for the honours in the 50 back and breaststroke, 50m frontcrawl, 50m butterfly and 100m IM.
Mark Thompson, Liam Oliver and Matthijs Nooteboom competed really well, the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke finishing with joint winners and the 50m frontcrawl with triple winners, with Mark the clear winner of 50m breaststroke and Matthijs the winner of the 100m I.M.
For the girls Vicky Allen was the clear winner, with Chloe Pauley beating her in the 50m breaststroke. In total there were 18 girls and 13 boys competing for the honours in a great atmosphere in the pool, cheered on by family members.
The next weekend many of them competed in the County Development championships in Cambridge, where Matthijs Nooteboom (17) came away with five golds and a silver for 400m I.M., 400m front crawl, 100 and 200m backstroke, 100m and 50m breaststroke, with all but the 50m breaststroke in personal best times.
Liam Oliver (15) also did very well, winning gold in the 400m front crawl and 100m breaststroke in personal best times.
Special mention goes to Liam Hill (12) who competed in 10 events, including 200 and 400m front crawl and 200m back- and breaststroke, swimming many personal best times.
In the Peterborough mini-meet Finley Harper (11) finished in top five for 50m butterfly and 200 I.M. and in 4th place for 50m backstroke, all in personal best times, against swimmers from Peterborough, Milton Keynes, Huntingdon, March and Newport Pagnell, a great achievement.
All the other young swimmers did very well, hoping to develop their skills even further over the course of the next three rounds of the Peterborough mini-meet.