A team of young Boston Amateur Swimming Club members were back in Fenland League action after their winter break.
The Boston club had had a good 2013 competition, finishing third overall, and hoped that the opening fixture at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Pool would give them a good start.
The evening got off to a good start and despite only two race wins from two of the youngest swimmers in the team – Rico Bringeman (nine years boys’ 50m freestyle) and Joseph Vickers (10 years and under boys 50m breaststroke) – Boston were ahead by four points from Peterborough B after the first 10 events.
Despite no further race wins until Oliver Sydenham’s win in event 17, the boys’ 10 years and under 50m backstroke, Boston continued to lead the way, but the advantage was narrowing to only three points.
It also became clear that the team from Deepings were starting to make a move towards victory and after event 30, the Boston swimmers were now one point behind their Lincolnshire rivals.
Race wins from Kieva Clegg (girls 13 years 50m freestyle), Joseph Vickers (boys’ 10 years 50m fly) and Katarzyna Midgley (girls 11 years 50m breaststroke) were not enough to keep the Boston team in touch with them and by the time the final event started, the mixed 8x25m freestyle relay, Deepings were now 10 points ahead.
The relay was a close race but Deepings just finished ahead of them to take maximum points on the night.
Standings: 1 Deepings 170, 2 Boston 159, Peterborough B 144, Huntingdon 105, Chatteris 70.
Race wins: Michaela Arundell, Rico Bringeman, Kieva Clegg, Katarzyna Midgley, William Pettitt, Oliver Sydenham, Joseph Vickers (three).
Personal bests: Michaela Arundell (two), Matvej Beliajev, Aliesha Bower, Rico Bringeman, Kieva Clegg (two), Pasquale Fiore, Thomas Liddy (two), Damian Midgley, Katarzyna Midgley (two), William Pettitt (three), Alfie Prudden (two), Eloise Roberts (two), Oliver Sydenham, Joseph Vickers (two).