Camden Swiss Cottage Finish Fourth in First Round of National Arena League

Camden Swiss Cottage produced a great team performance to finish a creditable fourth in the face of fierce competition in the first round of the National Arena Swimming League, London Division One.

Camden finished fourth behind winners Hatfield, Ealing and Bishop’s Stortford, amassing 242 points before an excited crowd at the Hertfordshire Sporting Village pool in Hatfield.

Newcomer Julia Murphy stole the show for Camden with a new club record in the girls 11 and under 50m backstroke, winning in an impressive 33.34.  Julia also clinched first place in the 11 and under 50m breaststroke in an equally strong 39.04.

Marliese Rittenhouse completed three victories in the girls youngest age group category with a first place in the 50m butterfly in 34.78, also taking a close second in the 50m freestyle in 31.20.  Rittenhouse and Murphy teamed up with Larissa Giles and Yasmin Biss to also take victory by a wide margin in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay.

Anne Tavierne powered to a brilliant victory in the 13 and under 100m freestyle dipping under the magic minute barrier in 59.78 whilst in the same age group Alexander Borisov clinched maximum points in the 100m breaststroke winning in 1.19.37.  

Showing great loyalty by taking time out from his swim training and studies at Loughborough University to represent his home club, Leo Jaggs won the blue ribbon Open 100m freestyle in 51.22.

Taking valuable third place points in individual events were Gabriele Giavannoni in the 11 and under 50m backstroke, Callum Carlisle in the 11 and under 50m butterfly, Indigo Mathews in the 100m butterfly, Stanley Ramsay in the 15 and under 100m backstroke and Maddy Hookway in the Open 100m breaststroke.

Second place relay performances came the boys 11 and under 50m freestyle relay team (Carlisle, Brandon Biss, Giavannoni and Danny Markov) with a great touch at the end; the boys 13 and under 4 x 50m medley (Mika Fitzpatrick-Suen, Borisov, Jon Novak and Abel Sinko-Uribe); the girls 13 and under 4 x 50m freestyle team(Clementine Butler Brown, Lauren Brantley, Anne Tavierne and Anna Podurgiel); the girls 15 and under medley team (Anne Tavierne, Maddy Hookway, Hannah Murphy and Indigo Mathews).

Showing great team spirit many swimmers raced up an age group or swam in events that weren’t their number one stroke.

Over 400 teams are competing in the National Arena Swimming League in seven leagues around the country, comprising over 16,000 swimmers, competing in over 200 galas.

Further press information:
Claire Butler Brown
Press Officer, Camden Swiss Cottage