The busy season of competition in the pool continued for West Norfolk’s swimmers recently, with a trip to Sheffield for the annual ‘Snow Frills’ Level 3 meet. This event is held over a weekend at the prestigious Ponds Forge pool, over the long course distance of 50 metres.
Opposition from clubs such as Leeds, Leicester, Salford, Bradford and Manchester, gave the King’s Lynn based club some valuable opportunities to acquire regional and county times, along with the ongoing quest for personal bests.
Erica Charters and Harvey Isle both came away with their first regional times. Erica has been tantalisingly close to a regional time in the breaststroke events, but surprised herself and her delighted parents, with one in the 200m butterfly. She had a phenomenal weekend overall, recording many pb’s and results, including 3rd in the 100m breast, 4th in the 100m butterfly and 5th in the 200m breaststroke.
Harvey Isle also gained his regional time in the 200m butterfly, again a first time for him, supported all the way by his proud parents. He too had some great swims over the weekend, including 3rd in the 200 backstroke and many pb’s.
Robert Addis was in his trademark dominant form in the 13 year age group, winning the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle events, along with the 100m breaststroke.
Freddie Laws continued his winning ways, picking up gold medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, and 200m I/M events. Oliver Harris continues to impress and was in fine form, winning the 15/16 50m butterfly, 2nd in the 100m breaststroke and 3rd in the 100m freestyle, and recording 7 pb’s from 7 races.
Joe Wells was in excellent form, taking six silver medals and two bronze in the very competitive 17/over age group. In the same age group Oliver Kenny was in sharp form taking silver in the 50m back and bronze the 100m breaststroke. Jacob Isle took 2nd places in the 50m and 100m butterfly to continue his family’s success. Jake Lammas swam well to come 4th in three events with more pb’s.
Harry Sharpe was in superb form as usual, involved in some close finishes, swimming some great pb’s and taking medals home, including 3rd place in the 200m freestyle. Youngsters Campbell Pick, Joshua Parker and Ethan Evans had some good swims and enjoyed the long course experience.
Finlay Ryan is now at Sheffield Hallam University, (Biomedical Sciences) but turned out to swim for West Norfolk, winning the 17/over 100m breaststroke in the process. Younger brother Fraser came 3rd in the 50m breaststroke.
Rachael Johnson swam some superb races, winning the 50m breaststroke, 2nd in the 200m breast and 3rd in the 200m I/M. Ellie-Mei Shepperson continues to shine at breaststroke, taking 2nd places in the 100m and 200m events. Katelin Taylor picked up numerous pb’s and rounded off with a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly.
Jamie Sturge and Olivia Skittrell had their first taste of long course swimming, scoring many pb’s and racing enthusiastically. Kiera Clarke, Katie Drew and Isabel Jeffery all picked up pb’s over the weekend, and had some fine races competing good naturedly against each other. Other girls in form were Leah Bushell, Abigail Nicholson, Esmie Kidman, Chloe Sorrell, Rosie Muspratt , Molly Lee and Millie Laws.
Thanks go to Head Coach, Sarah Vanderloo, for yet again encouraging such great performances. Lois Addis and Carol Sorrell kept order in the ranks as marshalls. Celina Taylor and Paul Johnson worked tirelessly in their capacity as officials. Many parents yet again drove many miles and sat for hours to watch their children swim, we thank them all.
Full results are available on the Sheffield website.