European trials await swimmers

Max Murphy, Tom Flaherty and Lucy Farmer
Max Murphy, Tom Flaherty and Lucy Farmer

Three swimmers from City of Milton Keynes Swimming Club competed at the recent World Champs trials at the London Aquatic Centre last week.

The trials were also for age group swimmers to try and qualify for European Youth Olympics Finals (EYOF) and European Games teams later in the season.

Max Murphy, 15, started the meet with a brilliant 400m Freestyle gaining a five second PB and reaching the EYOF trials final. He improved on his time again in the final with a 4.02 to finish 6th and was the second fastest swimmer at his age in Britain.

Team-mate Tom Flaherty also competed in the 400m event and started promisingly by leading out world class swimmers to halfway, however his recent injuries took their toll and Tom faded in the last few metres in what was still a season’s best effort. The 18-year-old was a little sharper on day two in the shorter 100m Freestyle, setting a new personal best and club record.

Lucy Farmer, 15, competed in the 50m Freestyle; where she performed her second fastest ever swim in this event, despite a back injury that has limited her training for the last month.

Max was back in the pool for the 1500m Freestyle. He achieved a personal best time of 16.19 which was a county junior record and placed him 4th in the EYOF age category, matching CMK swimmers’ best ever placing at a trials event. Tom and Max competed in the 200m Freestyle on the final day of the meet. Max set a new personal best again to finish off an excellent meet for the teenager.

Three other CMKSC members Joss Ulyett, Luke Spain and Charlotte Evans who now all train in university programmes, also competed at the trials in senior events. The event was well worth attending and all of the six CMKSC swimmers gained from the experience competing against the best swimmers in Britain, commented Head Coach Greg Buck.

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