Hats off as Camden Swiss Cottage swimmers battle into second spot
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Camden Swiss Cottage produced an outstanding performance to finish joint second out of eight teams in an exciting second round of the National Arena Swimming League at Hatfield.
Camden fought incredibly hard to finish as joint runners-up with Ealing behind winners Team Ipswich, amassing 301 points – just 17 less than the victors.
Raising their game to match the occasion, Camden’s swimmers achieved personal best times in 20 out of the 34 individual races, with a further 80 per cent of the team getting a PB in their relay splits.
In the open age group, Adam Harrington finished first in the 200m individual medley while Olivia Willis took maximum points in the 100m backstroke, and Allegra Schaer was also victorious in the 100m breaststroke.
Isobel Moffatt swam a tough programme, taking gold in the 15-and-under 100m backstroke, while Anne Margaret Tavierne was first in the 13-and-under 100m freestyle.
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Anna Podurgiel finished first in the 11-and-under 50m breaststroke and Hugo Lowell came back hard to clinch victory in the 15-and-under 100m breaststroke.
In the relays, the girls’ 11-and-under 4x50m medley team – Clementine Butler Brown, Anna Podurgiel, Ruby Coyle and Lauren Brantley – raced to victory, as did the girls’ 13-and-under freestyle quartet of Anne Sophie Schmitt, Anne Margaret Tavierne, Anna Adetiba and Natalie Kaczmarczyk.
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Indigo Mathews achieved a notable success after breaking the magic minute-mark for the first time in the 15-and under-100m freestyle, clocking 59.82 seconds to finish second.
Podurgiel, Lauren Brantley, Tavierne, Moffatt, Schmitt, Bryce Puszet and Leo Jaggs also picked up valuable points with second-placed finishes.
The 11-and-under 4x50m freestyle team were the runners-up in their event, and so were four other teams: the 13-and-under 4x50m relay team; the ladies and men’s open medley relay teams; the girls’ 15-and-under medley relay and the ladies and men’s open 6x50m freestyle teams.