A total of 21 swimmers from CMKSC competed at the National Age Group, Youth and Senior Swimming Championships in Sheffield recently and between them brought back the best results the club has seen there. The first week, for swimmers aged 14 and under, saw Oliver Lines take gold in the 100m butterfly final, holding onto a fantastic lead to secure his first national title and a club record. Oliver was on the podium earlier in the week when he gained a bronze medal in the 14yrs 200m butterfly. Fellow team member 13-year-old Lucy Farmer set two personal bests at the meet and made the final in the 100m backstroke in her first ever national champs. The pair were joined in Sheffield by age-group team members Rhyan Barrett, Miles McAuliffe, Miles Drabwell and Max Murphy, who all swam well in their nationals’ debut.
In the 14-18 year-old Youth Championships in the second week, CMK swimmers performed above expectation. The following swimmers all made finals: Joss Ulyett (100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke) Charlotte Evans (200m backstroke) Tom Flaherty (400m freestyle) Ben Flaherty (200m individual medley, 400m individual medley) Rebecca Marshall (50m freestyle) Lucy Chenery (multi-classification disability 200m freestyle) as well as the Girls 4 x100m medley and 4 x100m freestyle relay teams. The team set 26 club records, four county records and two South East England records. As a result of these performances five swimmers have been selected for national training camps.
National Championships win for Oliver