The annual Fenland League competition has got underway for some of the younger swimmers of Boston Amateur Swimming Club.
The Geoff Moulder Swimming Pool in Boston played host to teams from Cambridge, Deepings, Wisbech and First Strokes in the competition in which Boston had come away with third place in the 2012 Finals.
On paper it was a tough opener against teams who had featured highly in last year’s contest and coach Ian Wells fielded a strong but young side due to the Cut Off time regulations to ensure that Boston kept up with the other teams. And they didn’t disappoint, with 36 new Personal Bests set from the 44 individual swims over the evening.
The gala got off to a flying start with three race wins from the first three events. Nine-year-old Cavan Chambers and 10-year-olds Harley Maddison and Lewis McGarry gained maximum points for the team from the boys 12/u 100m IM, girls 12/u 100m IM and boys 13/u 50m back respectively.
Further race wins were added by Cavan and Thomas Liddy in the first 10 events to see Boston with a six-point advantage over Deepings and Wisbech in joint second.
Despite three more races wins over the next 10 races, Boston’s lead had slipped with the predicted dominance from Cambridge coming to the fore and by race 20, the city-based team was now four points ahead.
The Boston coach encouraged the team to dig deep and they didn’t let him down as swimmer after swimmer put in Personal-best performances to score big points for the team. William Craven (boys 12/u 50m back), Kieva Clegg (girls 12/u 50m back); Isaac Reed (boys 13/u 50m fly) and Chloe Baldry (girls 13/u 50m fly) achieved back-to-back wins together with maximum points from William Pettitt (boys 11/u 50m back) meant that Boston had narrowed the gap to 1 point after 30 races.
The team needed to give it one more push for the next 10 races. Millie Prudden (girls 12/u 50m breast), Lewis McGarry (boys 13/u 50m free); Cavan Chambers (boys 10/u 50m fly), Isaac Reed (boys 11/u breast) and Harley Maddison (girls 11/u breast) added maximum points, three more second places and a number of lowly finishes by Cambridge ensured that Boston were now 10 points ahead of Cambridge.
The momentum was now with the Boston team to see out the competition on top of the pile. The final five races saw wins from William Pettitt (boys 12/u 50m fly), Millie Prudden (girls 12/u 50m fly) and Kieva Clegg (girls 13/u 100m IM) and second place finishes in the boys 13/u 100m IM and Squadron relay and a delighted Boston team celebrating their first win over the Cambridge club.
Final positions: Boston 175; Cambridge 161; Deepings 125; Wisbech 116; First Strokes 77.
Race wins: Chloe Baldry (2); Cavan Chambers (3); Kieva Clegg (2); William Craven; Thomas Liddy; Harley Maddison (2); Lewis McGarry (2); William Pettitt (2); Millie Prudden (3); Isaac Reed (3).
Personal bests: Chloe Baldry (2); Cavan Chambers (3); Kieva Clegg (2); William Craven; Pasquale Fiore; Megan Glynn (4); Osian Joyce; Xristina Keeler (3); Anton Kiss (2); Thomas Liddy; Harley Maddison (2); Lewis McGarry (3); Katarzyna Midgley; Jessica Pettitt; William Pettitt (2); Alfie Prudden; Millie Prudden (3); Isaac Reed: Lottie Street; Oliver Sydenham.
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