City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) have cemented their place as a top 10 ranked club in England by taking seventh place at the National Arena Swimming League Cup final.
This is the sixth year that COPS have qualified for the blue riband event of club swimming and they did it in style by beating local rivals Northampton Swimming Club in the area final by over 40 points at the end of 2014.
The final result of the cup final was: Plymouth Leander 362pts; Guildford City 342pts; Millfield 330pts; Stockport Metro 297pts; City of Leeds 296pts; Ellesmere Titans 276pts; CITY OF PETERBOROUGH 230pts; Hatfield 226pts; City of Derby 207 pts; City of Salford 182pts.
COPS’ achievement is all the more remarkable when you consider the standard of the opposition they were faced with.
Competing at this event were world record holders Adam Peaty (100m breaststroke) and Ruta Meilutyte (50m and 100m breaststroke) and all of the other clubs have elite competition set-ups with considerably more swimmers and coaching resources than COPS have at the Regional Pool.
There were several standout individual performances by COPS swimmers.
In the 10 and 11 years age group Jade Goode (12) finished second in the 50m butterfly and third in the 50m freestyle while Jack Brown (12) took fourth place in the 50m breaststroke event.
In the 13 years and under age group Mia Leech (12) was runner-up in the 100m breaststroke and Joe Welch (13) was third in the boys event. Poppy Richardson (13) took fourth place in the 100m butterfly.
At 15 years and under level, Leah Roughan (15) touched second in the 100m breaststroke and Katie Brown (15) took fourth place in the 100m butterfly.
For the boys Jamie Scholes (15) took third place in the 100m backstroke and Daniel Leigh (16) was also fourth in the 100m freestyle.
Other squad members swimming for COPS were: Mollie Allen (16), Anna Blakeley (12), Stella Blakeley (10), Matthew Brigham (19), Oliver Brown (12), Stuart Clarke (32), Finn Corbett (14), Taylor Goodby (17), Joshua Graves (17), Brenna Howell (11), Liam Knight (20), Matthew Newson (12), James Newton (17), Harvey Norman (13), Daniel Powell (17), James Rothwell (10), Bethany Saunders (15), Maddison Saunders (13), William Steel (13), Tyler Thomas (13), Rachel Wellings (15), Tom Wiggins (15), Eve Wright (11).
Head coach Ben Negus said: “I am once again delighted by the way our swimmers have performed at this event.
“Although we did not quite reach last year’s standard of sixth place we have beaten Hatfield, who are our main rivals for competition honours in the Eastern Region.”