Even star Paine finds the going tough in Sheffield
CLEETHORPES & District Swimming club (Cads) made a return to the high-quality Arena League following a five-year absence.
Their last appearance in the competition – formerly known as the Speedo League – was back in 2007-8 as part of the CASA joint venture with Scunthorpe Anchor.
Buoyed by their recent Lincolnshire League success, Cads were given something of a reality check by the heavyweight clubs from Leeds and Sheffield.
However, they were still able to give a good account of themselves alongside some of the highest-ranked swimmers in the country.
Sheffield's Ponds Forge pool was the venue for the battle.
Cads selected their strongest available line-up, including Tom Paine, a London 2012 Olympic trials swimmer.
He was pushed down to fifth place in the 200m individual medley.
Further examples of the stellar standard of competition on show came at alarmingly regular intervals
The 30-strong Cads squad set 50 new personal bests between them in the face of this stiff competition, and occasionally were able to break into the top three.
Caitlin Bower, 15, a National Qualifying Time holder, secured a second-place finish in the 100m breaststroke.
Maisie Legge lowered her 100m freestyle personal best by almost 1.5 seconds to take third place in the Under-15 girls' category. The Cads boys broke into the top three on three further occasions.
Oliver Webster took second place in the boys Under-15 100m breaststroke and Nathan Wells secured two top-three finishes as he claimed second in the Under-13 100m backstroke and third in the 100m freestyle.
Cleethorpes & District Swimming Club has sessions for swimmers from 'learn to swim' through to national competition level. More details on Cads can be found on their club website www.cadsclub.co.uk, or call 07758 876295 for more details.