Chatteris Kingfishers’ squad has been in action in two consecutive weekends, first of all over the Bank holiday in the Tulip Open Meet in Spalding and then in the Peterborough mini gala on Saturday.
In Spalding the 19 competing swimmers swam 43 personal bests between them, managed to get into six finals (100m races) and got 13 top six finishes.
Mark Thompson and Liam Oliver finished in first and second place in the Open top boy category. Mark Thompson won 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly, came third in the 100m breaststroke and second in 50m front crawl. Liam Oliver came second in 100m backstroke (p.b.), 100m I.M.(p.b.), 100m butterfly (p.b.), won the 50m front crawl and came 5th in the 100m breaststroke. In the Open 50m front crawl the Kingfishers Open boys took gold, silver and bronze, with Matthijs Nooteboom finishing in third place (p.b.).
Swimming best times in all six of her races (100m breaststroke, I.M., front crawl,backstroke and 50m front crawl) Hallie White (11) swam herself into the final of the 100m backstroke where she finished in third place. Jake Hoy (13) swam p.b.’s in 100m backstroke, 100m I.M. and 50m front crawl and reached the 100m breaststroke final, finishing in third place as well. Chloe Cook (10) swam p.b.’s in her 100m front crawl and 100m butterfly, getting into the final of the 100m butterfly, finishing in 5th place.Tyler Thomas (13) got into the final of the 100m butterfly too, also finishing in 5th place. Thomas Hanley (11) swam p.b.’s in 100m I.M., breaststroke, backstroke, and front crawl, as well as 50m front crawl. Melissa Ablett’s (10) perseverance finally paid off as she swam p.b.’s in her 100m I.M. and 50m and 100m front crawl, with Riley Astley (11) doing that in the 100m breaststroke, I.M. and front crawl.
Swimming two PBs: Kiera Simpson (11), Maisie (11) and Finley Harper (13), Elliott Stocker (9), Kathleen Loveridge (Open), Naomi Lambert di Marco (11), Hayden Wareing (9) and Kiara Kovacs (11); one: Megan Dawson (12) 100m f/c and Molly Noble (11) 100m breaststroke.
In Peterborough the very youngest swimmers competed (8-11 years), with Layla White, Callum Cooper, Susannah Beston, Mia Tandon and Hannah Thomas (all 8) doing a gala competition for the first time.
Between them the 19 swimmers swam 17 individual best times, with Megan Morrisey swimming a 23 second p.b. in 50m fly, as well as getting a p.b. in her 50m front crawl and Thomas Ashton (8) swimming an 11 second p.b. in 25m backstroke and another p.b. in the 25m f/c.
Further PBs came from: Thea Hanley (x2) (8), Amy Cooper (10), Ben Noble (x3) (10/U), Oliver Ayres (11/U) and Molly Noble (11/U). Anastassja Herdien (9) and Freddie Allen (9) beat the cut-off time in the 9/u 50m backstroke and 11/U 50m butterfly respectively. Also swimming was Hayden Wareing (9).