Wisbech Swimming Club Red team triumphs over City of Ely, Dereham Otters and First Strokes Godmanchester at Hudson Leisure Centre in Patterns Transport Trophy gala
Wisbech Swimming Club hosted City of Ely, Dereham Otters and First Strokes Godmanchester at its Hudson Leisure Centre home for the annual Patterns Transport Trophy gala.
A new format for this year saw Wisbech Blue and Wisbech Red teams battling the visitors in 41 exciting races, culminating in a ten-swimmer freestyle medley relay.
The scoring was close throughout, with just eight points difference across all five teams after eight events. A series of strong performances then saw Wisbech Red pull ahead, the team remaining consistent to win the trophy with 161 points.
For swimmers aged 13 and under, the Patterns Transport Trophy gala provides younger and less experienced children the opportunity to race in a friendly, competitive environment. Wisbech Blue allowed even more swimmers to benefit, several of its members completing their first ever gala events. Unfortunately depleted by illness, Wisbech Blue nonetheless scored a creditable 62 points and achieved 19 personal best times.
Head coach Greg Marsters was delighted to report: “Forty swimmers were selected for this event and between them they won 20 races, with an amazing 42 personal best times.
"And to top it all, we won the trophy again. Our swimmers always give their best and I’m very proud of their performance.”
• photos (by Simon Gilbert):
Forty Wisbech Swimmers competed in the Patterns Transport Trophy gala on February 29.
Wisbech Red captains Oscar Smithee and Esme Gilbert accepted the Patterns Transport Trophy from Wisbech Swimming Club Vice-Chairman Paul Eden.