CMK open meet goes swimmingly

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CITY of Milton Keynes Swim Club held their level two meet at Bletchley Leisure Centre with more than 300 swimmers taking to the pool over the weekend.

Teams from as far afield as Derby were taking part in what was one of the strongest meets to take place in the area, giving the city’s own young swimmers the perfect platform to show off their abilities, set new personal best time, and win the club some medals.

It was also a chance of CMK members to get those all-important county, regional and national qualifying times. The age of swimmers taking part ranged from nine to late 20s, and there were around 2,000 individual swims over the weekend.

The home swimmers performed very well for a mid-season competition, challenging for titles in all 32 events, with many gaining qualification for county and regional competitions later in the season.

In a tough weekend of completion there were race victories for Courtney Dos Santos, Rebecca Marshall, Charlotte Evans, Jason Ashley, Helen Odams, Lauren Ottaway, Hannah Wilson, Aaron Lee, Chris Forshaw, Sorcha Smith, Matt Masters, Isobel Jones, Rory Dougall, Ben Flaherty, Emma Joyce, Joss Ulyett, Ryan Anscomb, Oliver Lines, and Sydney Wood.

There was a big cheer for Tom Flaherty who went under a minute in the 100m freestyle for the first time, joining team-mate Oliver Lines who also went under for the first time the week before.

There was a great team atmosphere around the pool and all swimmers did the club proud, as did the army of volunteers who helped make the two-day event possible.

CMK chairman Ian Ashley said: “We had more than 200 spectators around the pool at any one time, plus 33 officials making everything happen, so it was hard work, but worth it. From those in the pool getting good times to the organisation going smoothly, it couldn’t have gone better.”