Golden girl Katie leads the way as COPS show Eastern promise

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City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) have once again shown their prominence in the East Region by taking the runners-up spot at the East Long Course Championships at Luton.

The city club won 64 medals, just 14 behind big club Hatfield, and 16 year-old Katie Brown was the star of the show with six gold medals.

She took her first gold medal in style, winning the 400m freestyle by over 12 seconds, and then went on to top the podium in the 400m individual medley, 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley and 100m butterfly.

Daniel Leigh (16) also impressed with wins in the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle and the 50m fly.

Leah Roughan (16) bagged herself six medals with golds in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, silver in the 400m and 200m individual medley and a bronze in the 200m freestyle.

Other multiple medal winners were: Hanna Jazkiewicz (15) - two golds, three silvers and three bronze; Jamie Scholes (15) - two golds, two silvers and a bronze; Bethany Saunders (16) - one gold, three silver and a bronze; Mollie Allen (17) - one gold, two silvers and two bronze.

Christie Woods(15) completed COPs podium toppers with a gold medal in the 400m free and she also won a silver in the 200m freestyle.

COPS other medal winners were Rachel Wellings (15) - two silvers and two bronze; Tom Wiggins (16) - silver and two bronze; Cameron McRae (16) silver and bronze; Joshua Graves (18) - bronze; Michael Lardner (16) - bronze; Taylor Goodby (17) - bronze.

Also swimming for COPs having qualified for the championships were Hanna Brigham (17),Finn Corbett (15), Katie Crowther (15), Ben Garton (15), Poppy Leech (15), James Newton (17), Daniel Powell (18), Aisling Ruff (17), Jaxon Simmons (15) and Harry Whiteman (15).

In the relays there were COPS wins in the girls 14/16 years 400m medley (Wellings, Roughan, B. Saunders, Brown); the boys 14/16 years 400m medley (Scholes, Wiggins, Leigh, Corbett); the girls 14/16 years 400m freestyle (Wellings, Brown, B Saunders, Roughan); and in the girls 14/16 years 800m freestyle (Brown, M Saunders, Roughan, Wellings).

Head coach Ben Negus said: “We now come to these higher level events and compete as a club with some of the bigger names in the sport putting Peterborough on the national swimming map.”