Fenland League victory for Boston Swimming Club

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Boston Amateur Swimming Club were back in Fenland League action with a tough away draw at Whittlesey where they faced league leaders City of Peterborough A for the first time this season.

The team were looking to build on their last successful outing which saw them dominate in Newmarket.

The evening started well with six race wins in the first 12 races – maximum points being added by Aliesha Bower (girls 12/u 100m IM), Thomas Liddy (boys 13/u 50m back), James Hutchings (boys 9yrs 50m Free), Oliver Sydenham (boys 12/u 50m Free), Rico Bringeman (boys 10/u 50m Breast) and Lottie Street (girls 12/u 50m Free).

At this point, Boston were just four points ahead of City of Peterborough A. Four further back-to-back wins followed from the Lincolnshire team and after 20 events, the team were beginning to pull further away from the competition.

Alfie Prudden (boys 12/u 50m Back), William Pettitt (boys 13/u 50m Fly) and Harvey Potts (boys 9yrs 50m Back) continued to add the full five points to the tally and in the final 15 individual races, a further 9 Boston swimmers finished in top spot.

This meant that Boston were not able to be caught going into the final event – the 8x25m freestyle relay. Credit to Peterborough, who despite knowing they had finished second, put up a fight right to the end, with a thrilling finale – just touching ahead of Boston.

Final Standings: 1 Boston 177; 2 City of Peterborough A 161; 3 First Strokes 126; 4 March 104; 5 Huntingdon 94.

Race wins: Emily Bontoft, Aliesha Bower, Rico Bringeman (2), Cavan Chambers, James Hutchings, Thomas Liddy (2), Harvey Maddison (2), Damian Midgley, Katarzyna Midgley (2), William Pettitt, Harvey Potts, Alfie Prudden, Isaac Reed, Jack Robinson, Jessica Sauntson, Lottie Street, Oliver Sydenham (2), Joseph Vickers.

Personal bests: Emily Bontoft (2), Aliesha Bower (2), Rico Bringeman (2), Lillia Chaffey, Cavan Chambers, Malachi Clegg, Megan Glynn (2), Tegan Harrison, Joshua Lenton, Thomas Liddy, Harley Maddison (2), Damian Midgley, Katarzyna Midgley, William Pettitt, Harvey Potts, Alfie Prudden, Isaac Reed, Jack Robinson, Eloise Roberts, Jessica Sauntson, Katie Scott, Lottie Street, Oliver Sydenham, Eloise Winterflood.

Midlands Championships

Eight Boston Amateur Swimming Club swimmers travelled to Coventry to compete in the Midlands Championships.

It was a tough two weekends of competition against the best young swimmers in the Midlands. The first day of competition saw all swimmers achieving long-course personal bests in all but one race. 12-year-old Harley Maddison also reached the 200m butterfly final, finishing eighth place overall in her age group.

On the second day of competition, there were more long course PBs achieved. It started well with Lewis Bontoft (12 years) and William Pettitt (11 years) both achieving converted personal bests in the boys 200m Freestyle event. Ten-year-old Cavan Chambers was also less than a second away from medalling in the 100m Backstroke, instead finishing fifth. Kieva Clegg (12) gained a long-course PB in the girls 100m Breaststroke.

The afternoon session saw more PBs coming Boston’s way, with William Pettitt in the boys 200m Butterfly and Chloe Baldry (14) in the girls 400m freestyle event.

The swimmers looked to build on their first weekend’s success. And on the Saturday, Cavan Chambers earned himself a bronze medal in the 10-year-old boys 200m backstroke. However there were no further personal bests or medal swims over the weekend.

Chloe Baldry, Lewis Bontoft, Cavan Chambers Kieva Clegg, Lewis McGarry, Harley Maddison, William Pettitt and Isaac Reed were congratulated for competing at the 2014 Midlands championships. Special mentions also went to Joseph Nathan and Connor Spinks, who both competed in May at the Midlands Youth Competition, and Connor Boyfield, who has qualified for the East Midlands Disability Championships.