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Camden Swiss Cottage swimmers finish strongly in national junior league

Left to right: Roko Mara, Drew Dill, Ally Dill and Clementine Butler Brown Left to right: Roko Mara, Drew Dill, Ally Dill and Clementine Butler Brown

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
1:03 PM

Junior swimmers from Camden Swiss Cottage made a splash on Sunday by finishing runners-up in the M11 division of this year’s National Junior Swimming League, agonisingly close to the top spot.

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After the last of the three rounds, held at Enfield’s Southbury Road pool, Camden’s youngsters finished with the same points total as Barnet Copthall – but Barnet took the prize due to their higher number of first-place finishes during the competition.

Despite that, Camden are celebrating their best performance for a number of years.

Team manager Michelle McCarthy said: “I was really pleased with the overall result and impressed with the team’s dedication, especially those swimmers who participated in all three rounds.

“We actually achieved a greater number of ‘gala’ points than Barnet and were only runners up based on ‘league’ points, which was a fantastic achievement.”

The star of the series for Camden was nine-year-old Gabriele Giovannoni, who won the 25m freestyle and touched a close second in the 25m backstroke while teaming up with Leo He, Theo Pliner and Keith Mara to complete two impressive relay victories.

Abel Sinko-Uribe also continued his strong form with a powerful victory in the 50m freestyle and a second place in the 50m breaststroke. He then joined Mika Fitzpatrick-Suen, Alex Borisov and Pavle Stamenkovic for victories in the 12-and-under freestyle and medley relays.

Camden’s other individual winner was Nora Rotman, who powered to an impressive sprint double in the 10-and-under 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke.

Valuable individual second-place finishes came from nine-year-old Keith Mara and Daniel Markov, 10, and touching third were Ella McEver, nine, Allie Gruber, 10, Markov, 10, and Celine Markantonis, 12.

The boys’ 10-and-under freestyle relay team of Giovannoni, Ben Quellman, Charlie Pliner and Markov came second – as did the girls’ 11 years medley team of Clementine Butler Brown, Chloe Berko-Boateng, Amelia Sargent and Rotman.

The mixed freestyle relay side of McEver, Giovannoni, Rotman, Markov, Butler Brown, Mikhail Krasnoshchekiy, Drew Dill and Sinko-Uribe also achieved that feat as the runners-up in their race.

In the final round, Barnet Copthall banked 273 points, while Camden Swiss Cottage collected 243 and Kingston Royals picked up 225.

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