Chichester Cormorants swimmers put on a scorching performance at the Brighton Dolphins Invitational Gala.
After a night of close racing, with less than a second between the first three or four swimmers in many races, Cormorants finished second – just seven points behind the winners.
The tone was set at the very start, with Eva Doubler and Alex Sydenham both winning in the 25m butterfly. From there, swimmer after swimmer raced better than ever before.
As the night went on and it became clear the win was going to be close-fought, the noise from supporters and team-mates on poolside got louder and louder.
Head coach Kerrin Cruttenden said it was one of the most exciting galas he’s ever been at: “It’s always good when the swimmers get behind their teammates – on Saturday it was sometimes too loud even to get across tips and advice. The guys spurred themselves on
to some really great performances.”
Cormorants’ youngest swimmer was eight-year-old Ella Seacombe: in the under-11 50m breaststroke she put in a great performance and stormed to a win. On a long list of other standout swims, among the best were Macy Heron in the under-11 freestyle, Lili Doubler in the under-13 butterfly, and Andrey Rodriguez in the under-13 butterfly.
The club’s high final finishing place shows the progress being made at Cormorants, which in the past two years has finished sixth and fourth at the equivalent gala. Every one of the club’s nine and ten-year olds swam hard and fast – maybe next time, the team will take the final step to the top of the podium.