Swim spirit wins first finals date
20 October, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
YOUNGSTERS from Camden Swiss Cottage Swimming Club have made a historic splash after qualifying for the National Grand Final of the Arena Junior Inter-League Team Championships for the first time.
Reaching the prestigious event sees Camden Swiss Cottage’s youngest swimmers, who are all aged between nine and 12 years old, ranked within the top eight swimming clubs in the country.
The team displayed great spirit to qualify, finishing third overall in the Southern Area Final behind winners Guildford City and runners-up City of Derby.
Speaking after the meet, which took place at Nuneaton earlier this month, assistant head coach Gerry Gillespie said: “Our young team performed amazingly.
“The team spirit was phenomenal and by the end of the 49 events, which culminated in a number of very closely-contested relay events, a wall of noise surrounded the pool.
“Myself and our coaching team were really proud of the effort they put in, not only in their own races but to support their team-mates too.
“We just can’t wait for the national grand final!”
Among the standout performers in the Southern Area Final were Sapir Pasheli, nine, who won the 50m backstroke in 43.07 seconds; Lucas Bohm, 10, who raced to glory in the 50m breaststroke in 41.48; Nicholas Finch, 11, who was victorious in the 50m butterfly in 33.84; and Emilia Magliocco, 12, who won the 50m backstroke in 34.18.
There were also a string of solid second-place finishes.
Competing in their respective 50m backstroke events were Ines Guimond-Beetham, nine, (44.23); Finch, (36.03); and Brandon Biss, 12, (33.65).
Ella McEver, 12, in the 50m breaststroke (37.96); Antoine Divet, 12, in the 50m freestyle (30.24); and Leo He, 12, in the 50m butterfly (31.76) also all won silver medals.
Meanwhile, Ksenia Shchepovskikh, nine, (52.39); Rayan van Dyke, nine, (52.94); and Oliver Wright, 12, (37.69) all finished third in their 50m breaststroke events.
Ava Lambropoulos, 10, finished third in the 50m butterfly (38.09) and the 50m freestyle (34.25), while Charlotte Pama, 11, took bronze in the 50m freestyle (32.29).
Their combined efforts helped Camden Swiss Cottage secure their third place finish with an impressive total of 166 points.
The talented young team will now begin preparations for the National Grand Final, which take place in Corby on Sunday, November 26.