Swimming: Palace trip warm-up for county competition

THE MAJORITY of the Chatteris Kingfishers senior and intermediate squads travelled to London s Crystal Palace at the weekend for a training session in preparation for next month s county championships. Kingfishers welcome new members aged between 12 and

THE MAJORITY of the Chatteris Kingfishers' senior and intermediate squads travelled to London's Crystal Palace at the weekend for a training session in preparation for next month's county championships.

Kingfishers welcome new members aged between 12 and 15 years-old and anyone interested should go along to the Empress pool in the early evening from Monday-Thursday.

* WITH most of the squad in London and others affected by illness, Chatteris Kingfishers sent a depleted team to the Junior Fenland League in Boston.

Only seven swimmers competed, the eldest being only 10, and some were swimming in their first competition.

Kirsty Slyfield was the only girl and she swam to third place in the under-11 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle. She also swam a personal best time in the under-11 50m backstroke.

Jordan Lewis swam in his first 100m individual medley - under-12 - as well as the under-11 and under-12 50m butterfly.

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Thomas Russell swam personal best times in his 10 years 50m breaststroke, fourth, and 50m freestyle. Ivo Nooteboom swam a personal best in his under-12 50m backstroke, fourth, and Matthijs Nooteboom in his under-11 50m breaststroke.

Stewart Watson gave his best in the under-13 50m backstroke, under-11 50m freestyle, and under-12 50m breaststroke.

Omar Bates, in his first competition, swam well in the under-13 50m breaststroke, under-11 50m backstroke (pb), under-13 50m freestyle (pb) and the under-13 100m individual medley.

Final result: Boston A 163, Grantham 156, Boston B 113, Wisbech 95 and Chatteris 22.

* BOTH March Marlins and Wisbech Swimming Club were also affected by illness in the first rounds of the Junior Fenland League.

Facing tough competition, many of the March Marlins were forced to compete above their own age groups.

However,they still managed 13 new personal best times.

Seve Revell was second in the 12 years 100m individual medley, and Adam Lifshack was second in the 10 years 50m breaststroke (pb).

Cambridge won the event followed by Deepings, Bottisham, King's Lynn and March Marlins.

* WISBECH Swimming Club also had a tough first round draw, facing two of the top Lincolnshire teams, Boston and Grantham.

Novice swimmers Harry Johnson, Joshua Smith, Chloe and Abigail Rapley all gave a good performance.

First places were hotly contested, but Sam Johnson, Ryan Johnson, and Helen Brown all had wins for the club.

Boston A were the winners followed by Grantham, Boston B, Wisbech and Chatteris.

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