Roundup: Success for Huntingdon and St Neots

HUNTINGDON Piranhas sent seven swimmers to the ASA East region swimming championships in Norwich, and brought back a host of medals. The club s less experienced charges also enjoyed success in the Copley Cup, beating off teams from Boston, Bedford and Bi

HUNTINGDON Piranhas sent seven swimmers to the ASA East region swimming championships in Norwich, and brought back a host of medals.

The club's less experienced charges also enjoyed success in the Copley Cup, beating off teams from Boston, Bedford and Biggleswade. Head coach John Richards was delighted with the hunger of his swimmers in both competitions.

"Our club's approach is to provide swimmers with the best competitive environment to suit their ability, and the two events in May have done just that.

"The enthusiasm from the swimmers at whatever level they are competing is the key to our current success," he said.


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At the ASA championships in Norwich, Piranhas swimmers reached the final in six events, setting over 20 personal bests in the process. Leading the medal charge was Lauren Steadman, who took two silver medals in the disability section. Tamara Richards also excelled, reaching the final of the 100m and 200m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley. Roger Mallet was 5th in the 50m breaststroke and 8th in the 200m breaststroke, while Chelsea Prouten finished 5th in the 50m breaststroke.

Fifteen-year-olds Ryan Skeels, Laura Chumbley and Sam Green all produced personal best times, with Skeels narrowly missing out on a national qualifying time in the 50m freestyle.

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At the Copley Cup, the victory was a real team effort with many swimmers contributing. The points came from Ciara Ratcliffe, Luke Johnstone, Teagan Shepherd, Dan Willoughby, Zoe Leech, Izzy Rea, Emily Cockshott, Amy Leslie, Kora Gibson and Gavin Seaman, as well as the very impressive Parents' Relay team.

ST NEOTS Swans Swimming Club recorded a total of 15 personal best swims and 14 wins to finish in overall joint second place at Saturday's Grade C Gala hosted by Bletchley and held in Milton Keynes.

Leading the way for Swans with two wins each were Emily Keech, Ewen Dymott and Oliver Fitt. There were also first places for siblings Frankie, Rebecca and Michael Layland, Molly Bygraves, Amy Hancock, Tim Fory, Ricky Thompson and Alex Wilson.

Swans head coach Linda Ashley-Davidson said her swimmers had worked hard and deserved their success.

"It was another fantastic Swans team performance. All of the hours spent training has paid off, and the rewards for the swimmers' dedication to training are very apparent when we achieve as much as we have done at this gala."

Final result: Crusaders 196 pts, St Neots Swans 180, Newport Pagnell 180, Letchworth 162 & Bletchley 124.

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