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Second for Wisbech swimmers in Anglian League final

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Both Wisbech Swimming Club teams turned out for the Anglian League final, the ‘As’ taking an impressive second place with 154 points and the ‘Bs’ a creditable seventh on 82 in their first year of competition at this level.

Wisbech ‘A’ took seven first places in the gala’s 31 events, along with a similar number of seconds and three thirds, the swimmers accumulating 13 personal best times. Wisbech ‘A’ finished just five points behind winners Boston.

First places: Mary O’Neil 13/U 100m individual medley (PB), Will Bell open 50m butterfly, Carl Purvey 15/U 100m freestyle, Alice Dennis 15/U 100m freestyle, Sam Smith 13/U 100m backstroke (PB), Elouise Youngs 13/U 100m back (PB) and Megan Kierman 13/U 100m fly (PB).

The ‘B’ team took a second place and four thirds, working hard to accumulate 11 PBs. The team’s second place went to Mary O’Neil in the 13/U 100m backstroke, her 1.21.86 time also giving her a new PB.

n WSC held its annual Patterns Trophy gala at the town’s Hudson Sports Centre. Inaugurated by then club chairman Michael Pattern in 2006, the competition features strict cut-off times for every event.

Such restrictions are common – in the Junior Fenland League for example – where a swimmer must not be faster than the entry cut-off time. Generally they may break the cut-off in their competition swim and still score points, but are precluded from swimming the event in subsequent galas.

Similar rules apply for the Patterns Trophy, but breaking the cut-off means no points for the event, making for tricky decisions as coaches create their optimum team.

This year, for the first time in its existence, the trophy went to Wisbech, the home team dominating from the beginning with a series of impressive swims in the 41 events. Wisbech scored 169 points from 27 first places, nine seconds and five thirds, for 35 PB times.

Several took the maximum possible two individual wins, including: Mia Gilbert 12/U 50m freestyle and 13/U breaststroke, Grace Seaton 11/U 50m breast and butterfly, Kevin Huang 11/U 50m breast and fly, Amelia Mitchell 9 years 25m fly and 50m breast, Chloe Gibbs 12/U 50m backstroke and fly, Ethan Evans 12/U 50m back and fly, Sophie Fenner 11/U 50m back and free, Nicole Guarino 10 years 50m fly and breast, Bradley Burton 9 years 50m free and back, and Chloe Pearson 13/U 50m fly and back.

All but one of these swims created a new PB.

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