Swimming - COPS youngsters do well in Mini Meet

Charlotte Martin smashed her personal best.

Charlotte Martin smashed her personal best.

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There were a number of outstanding performances by City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) youngsters when the club hosted the first of four rounds in the annual Mini Meet Grand Prix series.

The Mini Meet series is a regionally-based competition for swimmers in the Eastern Region aged between eight and 12 years of age.

It comprises four meetings between Autumn and Spring and is run on a time trial basis.

The series is key for COPS development and junior swimmers and many members often swim competively for the first time during Mini Meet.

In the COPS mini squad (8-10 years old) Olivia Bearman-Skipworth provided one of the highlights.

She is eight years-old but swims in the nine-year age group and clipped over a second off her personal best (PB) in her 50m freestyle. She also competed in the 100 individual medley for the first time.

Other first time 100m individual medley swims came from Jemima Tuffnell (9) and Ella Normington (9).

Tegan Hughes (9) produced a three-second PB in her 100m individual medley and Tilly Fowkes (10) had three good swims producing a two-second PB in the 50m freestyle, a one-second PB in the 50m breaststroke and a great first time swim in the 200m individual medley.

Kieran Underwood (9) showed that his hard training is starting to pay off with a two-second PB in his 50m butterfly and a four-second PB in his 50m backstroke.

Joshua Spencer (10) also raced well and managed a two-second PB in his 50m backstroke and a five-second PB in his 50m butterfly

The older COPS swimmers (10+ year-olds) dominated their age groups.

Fabian Brudnicki, Eve Wright, Herbie Kinder and Anna Blakely won all their events and JamesRothwell, Stella Blakely, Madeleine Todd, Mark Goodes and Holly Graves were also impressive winners.

Very fast racing in the 10+ age group led to some exceptionally strong personal best times.

The best were by Charlotte Martin (12) 50m breaststroke 39.67, 1.5 second PB; Stella Blakeley (10) 50m freestyle 34.08, 1.5 second PB; Lydia Howe (11) 10 second PB in 50m freestyle; Ella McGhie (10) four-second PB in 200m individual medley, and Lauren Browne (10) seven-second PB in 200m individual medley.