Some 40 swimmers from CMK Swim Club competed at this year’s recent South East England regional championships across three weekends. The meet represented the last chance for swimmers to qualify for the Summer British Championships as British Swimming adapts its competition schedule looking forward to Rio 2016 and beyond.
Swimmers aged 11-14 competed in the first weekend. Miles Drabwell, Elliot Jones, Georgia Richardson and Helen Odams all made finals in personal best swims, with Helen taking bronze in the girls 14yrs 200m Backstroke. Other team members Marcus McAuliffe, Jaimie Hanss and Isaac Lenton all performed admirably. In the second weekend, swimmers of all ages competed in the distance events. There were wins for Isobel Jones (Women’s 400m Free), Tom Flaherty (Men’s 400m Free) and Max Murphy (15yrs 400m Free, 400m Individual Medley and 1500m Free). All three won convincingly against quality opposition, with Isobel setting a new county record in the process.
In the final weekend, swimmers aged 15 and over competed in the shorter events in Crawley. There were many personal best performances from the team despite tough competitive conditions. Swimmers who won gold medals were: Tom Flaherty (Gold 100m & 200m Free), Joss Ulyett (Gold 100m Breaststroke), Max Murphy (Gold 200m Free), and Charlotte Evans who also set a new county record when winning Gold on 200m Backstroke. Further medal winners were David Witham, Isobel Jones, Lucy Farmer and Grace Spong. Lucy Chenery also won three Golds and two Silvers in the Multi-Disability competitions.
CMK were seventh overall in the unofficial medal table and were once again one of the strongest performing teams in the 15yrs and over groups, finishing just behind the top performing teams Guildford and Portsmouth. CMK are part of a network of swimming clubs in the Milton Keynes area and beyond.
CMK swimmers shine at Regional Champs