Posts From February, 2014

Three gain their first ever National Qualifying times 

West Norfolk Swimming Club would like to warmly congratulate Natalie Coogans (16), Nathan Wells (16) and Abigail Whiting (14), for their recent superb achievements in gaining their first ever National Qualifying times. The trio competed at the ‘Groundhog Day’ meet at UEA Norwich, where their persistent hard work and determination in training paid off. Abigail opened proceedings with a time of 27.89 secs in the 50m freestyle. Nathan then swam 28.73 secs in the 50m back, followed by Natalie with 35.67 secs in the 50m breast. All three swimmers and their families would like to thank Sarah Vanderloo, Head Coach, for all her support and expertise in helping them achieve these times. The whole Club is very proud of them and the example they set to the younger swimmers. We wish them every success at Nationals later in the year.



Ipswich mid January 2014 

Ipswich was the next port of call for West Norfolk in mid January, with another opportunity to gain county qualifying times, against teams from all over the region. Keely Empson was in fine form, winning the 100m and 400m free and 400m back. Elliot Legg took first place in the 50m fly and Ryan Sykes first in the 400m free. Other top six places were hard won by Luke Bryan, Zack Campbell- Maughan, Sophie Empson, Jenny Read, Chloe Sorrell, Harry Thompson, and Lucy White. Many other team members gained excellent personal best times and benefited greatly from the experience. As with all these events, the swimmers must be commended for their excellent team spirit and support to one another.


Cambridge Winter Open 

The weekend of 11th/12th January saw Nathan and Joseph Wells as the sole competitors from West Norfolk, at the Cambridge Winter Open. Competition was tough with swimmers coming from all over the region, and some even from Italy. The Christmas break did not diminish the boys’ performances. Joseph gained 4th place in the 400 I/M in a personal best time on day 1, then two more pb’s in the 100m free and 100m I/M the next day. Nathan picked up where he had left off in December to win six out of the twelve events entered, and take silver medals in the remaining six.

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