Swimming - more national championship success for COPS

Matthew Grey won a silver medal.
Matthew Grey won a silver medal.
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City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) have been back on the national championship medal trail this week.

Last week the club’s top swimmers were in record-breaking form at the British Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, collecting a best-ever haul of 11 medals.

This week it’s been the turn of the up and coming youngsters - those swimmers ranked 25 to 48 in the national rankings window - to show what they’re made of at the ASA National Championships at the same venue.

And they haven’t disappointed.

The highlight of the week so far came from 15 year-old Matthew Grey, who won a silver medal yesterday (August 6) in the 50m backstroke.


Five COPS swimmers were competing today in six events and there were more big personal best times and five appearances in finals.

Christie Woods (15) qualified as fourth fastest for her age group final in the 200m freestyle with a new personal best time.

In the final Christie clocked another personal best of 2:10.20 to maintain her fourth position.

Mollie Allen (17) qualified for two finals today. In the 50m fly heat she took 10th place to qualify for the final where she improved her time to 29.46s to finish in 10th place.

Next up for Mollie was the 200m individual medley in which she qualified for the final with the fourth fastest time. Although Mollie improved her time in the final by nearly three seconds to 2:22.72, she just missed out on the medals finishing once again in fourth place.

Mia Leech (13) also set a new personal best time in her heat of the 200m individual medley to qualify in seventh place for the final where she again set a new PB of 2:29.72 to maintain her seventh place.

Holly Jaszkiewicz (14) was placed ninth in her age group heat but despite improving her time to 2:31.95 she finished in 10th place.

Anna Blakeley (13) clocked 2:32.78 in her heat of the 200m individual medley to take 12th place.


Today saw eight COPS swimmers competing in nine more events and again there were more big personal best times and three of their swimmers qualified for the final in their event.

Fifteen year-old Matthew Grey was competing in his first national championships and he didn’t allow the occasion to get to him as he set a new personal best time to qualify for the 200m backstroke final in sixth place.

Despite improving his heat time by nearly a second he finished seventh in the final in a time of 2:16.81.

Daniel Powell (17) qualified in 10th place for his age group final in the 200m backstroke but he did not swim in the final due to illness.

In the women’s 100m backstroke event Mollie Allen (17) qualified for her age group final in sixth place.

In a close finish Mollie was edged into seventh place despite improving on her qualifying time to 1:06.27.

Hanna Jaszkiewicz (15) finished in 15th place in the 100m backstroke event in a time of 1:10.80 then she went on to finish in exactly the same place in the 100m fly in a time of 1:08.74.

Another swimmer appearing at his first championships was Joe Welch (14) who clocked a time of 34.19s in the 50m breaststroke which gave him a new personal best time and earned him 13th place in the event.

Fourteen year-old Harvey Norman also set a new personal best time of 2:07.62 in the 200m freestyle event which earned him 12th place in the event.

Christie Woods (15) was again attempting the longest freestyle distance – but this time it was inside the pool. Following her great sixth place in the 3km open water event, Christie used that experience to pace herself to consistently even split times in the 800m freestyle event. She finished in a time of 9:25.81 which was a massive personal best time and saw her finish just outside the medals in fourth place.

Seventeen year-old Aisling Ruff was also competing in the 800m freestyle event and her time of 9:37.27 secured her 10th place in her age group.


There were six swimmers competing for COPS today in seven events with three swimmers qualifying for finals, setting massive personal best times and a superb silver medal by a first-time competitor at these reformatted championships.

Fifteen year-old Matthew Grey, competing in his first national championships, swam in the heats of the 50m backstroke in the morning clocking a time of 29.32. This was a new personal best time of six tenths of a second and ranked him in second place for the final.

In the evening final Matt was head to head with the other swimmers throughout the race, and despite finishing in another personal best time of 28.91 he was just edged into the silver medal position.

The morning session also saw Anna Blakeley (13) qualify for the 100m freestyle final with another big personal best time of 1:01.35. Anna was again able to improve her time in the final to 1:01.14 to take eighth place.

These championships also include para swimming events in the programme. These events are swum as multi classification events meaning that swimmers with different classification of disability swim against each other in the same heat. Their final position is determined by the number of disability points they earn which in turn is calculated by how close their time is to the world record time for their classification. The classification of para swimmers is a system that allows athletes with an impairment to have their performance determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus.

Jaxon Simmons (15) was competing in two events today in the multi-classification events.

Jaxon’s classification is S13 because he has a visual impairment.

In the 100m freestyle he clocked 1:03.21 to qualify for fifth place in the final where he finished ninth with a slightly slower time.

Jaxon then went on to set a new personal best time in the heats of the 100m breaststroke to qualify in fifth position for the final where he set another personal best time of 1:24.25 to take fourth place.

Seventeen year-old Mollie Allen just missed out on a 100m freestyle finals appearance in her age group ending in 11th place in a time of 1:00.21 and Sophie Crowther (13) took 17th place in her 200m breaststroke event finishing on a time of 2:54.73.

COPS swimmer Tyler Thomas (13) is competing for the Chatteris Kingfishers club at these championships. Tyler qualified for the 50m backstroke final in 9th place and despite improving his time to 31.43 he finished in 10th place.