Double delight for COPS in the National League

The victorious COPS A team.
The victorious COPS A team.
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City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) have made a cracking start to their National Arena League campaign.

The city club compete in the East Midlands section of the league with the A team swimming in the top flight - the Premier Division - and the B team racing at Division Two level.

Success in the East Midlands League, which is decided over three rounds, leads to inclusion in the big National Cup final, which is the blue riband event for club competition in England.

And judging by COPS performance in the first round, they look set once again to be mixing it with the country’s best at that national final.

Both COPS teams were celebrating great wins at the end of the night - COPS A at the Regional Pool and COPS B at Loughborough.

COPS A, whose opponentswere Biggleswade, Louth, Modernians, Northampton B and Notts Leander A, won 38 of the 50 events and finished second in six more which gave them a massive 273 points – their second highest ever total in this competition.

Final result: 1 COPS A 273 points, 2 Notts Leander A 201 points, 3 Louth 163 points, 4 Biggleswade 141 points, 5 Northampton B 136 points, 6 Modernians 130 points.

Sixteen year-old Katie Brown opened COPS’ account with a win in the open 200m individual medley and from that point COPS were absolutely dominant.

With the exception of one disqualification in the 15yrs medley relay and two second places COPS women won all their races.

Mollie Allen (17) set a sparkling personal best (PB) in the 100m freestyle, knocking 1.35 seconds off her previous best and finishing 4.7 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

At the start of the final series of relays COPS A were 64 points ahead but there was no easing off.

The girls 9-11yrs 50m medley team finished 16 seconds ahead of the rest of the field while in the boys event COPS A and Louth were head to head until a great fly leg by Fabien Brudnicki (11) took them ahead and the team won by six seconds.

The girls 13 and under freestyle relay team won their event by nearly eight seconds while in the boys 13yrs and under freestyle relay, great swims by Matthew Rothwell (13), Herbie Kinder (13) and James Rothwell (11) saw then win by 1.5 seconds.

The last two events of the night were the 6x50m freestyle cannon relays and COPS won them both.

In the girls race they beat Notts Leander by 4.79 seconds.

The boys lay in second place after the first leg and were 1.5 seconds down as Jamie Scholes (15) took to the water.

At the end of his 50m he had reduced the deficit to three tenths of a second.

Finn Corbett (15) moved COPS into first place and veteran Stuart Clarke brought the team home in  top spot by a margin of 1.5 seconds.

Meanwhile at Loughborough, COPS B were up against some stiff opposition but emerged victorious by over 20 points.

Of the 50 events, COPS B took 22 first places and seven second places.

Final result: 1 COPS B 220 points, 2 City of Lincoln Pentaqua 191 points, 3 Calverton & Bingham 189 points, 4 South Lincs Competitive 152 points, 5 Loughborough Town 150 points, 6 Kimberley 133 points.