An experienced team from West Norfolk Swimming Club competed in the final of the National Arena League at Spalding. Competition was fierce with teams from Melton Mowbray,Kettering, South Lincs, St Ives and UEA Norwich A. West Norfolk were on top form and at the end of a thrilling evening’s competition were unfortunate to just miss out on the title.
West Norfolk got off to an excellent start winning 4 out of the first 6 relays in spectacular style. Ashley Pattison , making a return to West Norfolk from his studies at Bath University, scored the Club’s first win of the night in the Mens Open 200m I/M. The Ladies Open Medley Relay team led from start to finish, taking victory from South Lincs by a 7 second margin. Head Coach Sarah Vanderloo took to the water in the 100m breaststroke Open age event and also medley relay. Emily Jeffery bade an emotional farewell to competitive swimming with West Norfolk after 8 hugely enjoyable years, tackling the 100m fly and medley relay.
Other individual wins on the night came from:
Chloe Sorrell, 50m back 10/11 yrs; Hannah Janisch 100m back and 100m fly 15/u; Nathan Wells 100m back and 100m free 15/u; Sophie Green 100m fly Open age; Ashley Pattison 100m fly Open age; Abigail Whiting 100m back and100m free 13/u; Alex Murray100m back and 100m free Open age; Joshua Gray 100m breast Open age; Joe Wells 100m free 13/u.
After a hugely exciting and hard fought 50 events, West Norfolk had amassed an incredible 19 first places but South Lincs were just able to take the title due to more 2nd placings. This is a very creditable performance for such a relatively small club in illustrious company and the whole club should be very proud of their performances and wonderful team spirit, Many thanks as always to our Coach and hard working poolside helpers and lively vocal encouragement from our supporters. Fish and chips were much enjoyed on the journey home to round off a fine night’s swimming.
1st South Lincs 189, 2nd West Norfolk 171, 3rd UEA Norwich A 162, 4th St Ives 138, 5th Melton Mowbray 130 6th Kettering 88.