Busy year ahead for swimmers

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Swimmers at City of Milton Keynes Swimming Club enjoyed a short Christmas break before getting back into the pool to prepare for the start of the Oxon and North Bucks Counties.

These kick off earlier than usual this weekend with the distance swims at Bletchley Leisure Centre.

The boys’ 1,500m and girls’ 800m freestyle events take place, plus the boys’ relays.

Later this month three swimmers from the club head off to warmer climes in Barcelona to take part in the Catalan Championships, representing South East England.

The trio earned their place on the team in December when they took part in the Regional Short Course Championships in Portsmouth.

Elite swimmers from the club took part in these championships and it was good news all round with every swimmer gaining at least one new PB.

South East England Champions from CMKSC were Lucy Farmer, Oliver Lines, Tom Flaherty, Max Murphy and Isobel Jones.

It was a very busy December with around 80 swimmers from City of Milton Keynes Swim Club competing in competitions.

While the elite swimmers were in Portsmouth, 40 age group swimmers competed at Aylesbury to try to secure County Championship qualification.

A huge number of swimmers improved, many of whom are now expecting to qualify.

Head Coach Greg Buck said: “These two meets combined make this weekend one of our most successful in terms of personal bests.”

Later in December the swimmers joined forces for the final of the East England Arena League points competition. Perennial favourites City of Peterborough SC were strong from the start and it was left to the three remaining teams - Northampton SC, Norwich SC and CMKSC -to battle it out for second place to make the National final.

There were some excellent swims, especially in early relay events, but sadly CMK were beaten into third place by Northampton. This still represents the club’s strongest finish in the competition.

The next day the club’s younger swimmers met for the annual Christmas Cracker gala at Bletchley Leisure Centre.

Hosted by CMK, many swimmers competed in the sprint events and enjoyed the Christmas-themed relays in what was a great way to end the 2014 competitive calendar where CMK havegained so much success.