Matthijs magic

Chatteris Kingfishers co-hosted, with March Marlins and Wisbech S.C., the Fenland Open Meet in Whittlesey this weekend, which saw swimmers from 18 different clubs from Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Lincolnshire compete in 50 and 100m races.

The 13 Chatteris swimmers came away with two gold medals, seven silver, two bronze and 14 more top 6 placings, as well as two runner-ups for top boy in their age group and 22 personal best times.

The two gold medals were won by Matthijs Nooteboom (14) for his 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke, both in personal best times. He also gained silver in the 100m front crawl, but lost out on top boy to Adam Lifshack from March after only finishing 7th in the breaststroke (but with p.b.).

Open swimmers Gary Smith and Mark Thompson shared the silver medals in the Open Age group, with Mark finishing second in 100m butterfly and front crawl and Gary in the 100m backstroke and breaststroke. Gary also achieved bronze medals in the 100m butterfly and front crawl, making him runner-up to top boy Ben Marsters from Wisbech. Mark finished in 4th place in 100m backstroke and 6th place in 100m breaststroke.

Daniel Riches (10) went home with the other two silver medals, for 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke, finishing 6th in 50m front crawl and backstroke. His sister Charlotte Riches (14): 4th in 100m front crawl (p.b.), 5th in 100m breaststroke and butterfly and 6th in 100m backstroke.

Ivo Nooteboom (14) 4th in 100m butterfly (p.b.) and 6th in both 100m breaststroke (p.b.) and backstroke. Liam Oliver (13) 4th place for 100m front crawl (p.b.) and 5th in 100m butterfly, p.b. in the 100m breaststroke (12th). Kirsty Slyfield (16) also bagged a trophy: 5th place for 100m butterfly in the Open Age group.

Matthew Halmshaw just turned 15 two weeks ago, so competed in the 15/over. He bagged p.b.’s in 100m backstroke and butterfly, his best finish 15th in 100m breaststroke. Luke Oliver (16) also found it tough going in this age group, swimming a p.b. in 100m backstroke (12th) and 12th in 100m butterfly (18th in 100m breaststroke and front crawl). Master swimmer Marie Doherty came a credible 7th (p.b.) in the 100m butterfly.

The three youngest swimmers, Tyler Thomas, Finley Harper and Lydia Gray (all 9) did very well in what for Tyler and Finley was their first Open Meet.

l In the recent Midland District Masters championships in Royal Leamington Spa Chatteris was represented by four Master swimmers who came away with two silver medals, two bronze, and three East Region records.

Results: Silver won by: Garry Mavin in 40-44 years age group 100m butterfly in an East Region record and Martyn Fresher 45-49 years 100m Individual Medley. Bronze: Fresher in 200m breaststroke and Mixed 160+ 200m front crawl relay team, consisting of Fresher, Mavin, Hayley Turner and Marie Doherty, East Region record. The same team came 4th in the Mixed 160+ medley relay, East Region record. Turner 4th in 50m front crawl in 35-39 year and 6th in p.b. time in 100m front crawl, Doherty 5th in 100m front crawl in that age group.