After many years of being held at Thetford, County Championships moved venue to the more spacious setting of UEA Sportspark. This enabled swimmers to have better warm up/swim down facilities, and more spectating space for parents which was very welcome.
West Norfolk sent a large team of eager competitors ranging from novice first time qualifiers to the vastly experienced and successful older swimmers. All had trained extremely hard to achieve their qualifying times, producing a stunning set of performances over the two weekends of competition. Many personal bests and regional times were achieved throughout. This reinforced West Norfolk’s rightly deserved position as one of the very top swimming clubs in the county.
For the girls there was success spread amongst the age groups with a great concentration in the 13 year group and upwards. Ellie-Mei Shepperson continued in her rich vein of form winning the 100m breaststroke and taking second in the 50m event in her 14 year group. Top breaststroke star Mollie Lee was in dominant form winning both the 50m and 100m events in her age group.
Leah Wightman continues to impress in the 12 year age group making numerous finals and winning the 50m and 100m back, in addition to picking up valuable regional qualifying times. Keira Frosdick won the 15 year group 100m free and 50m breaststroke, with Lara-Grace Mount winning the 100m backstroke for that age group. The 15 year age group also saw wonderful swims from Rachael Johnson, Morgan Coates and Rosie Muspratt in several finals.
Abbie Whiting can always be relied on to take home a haul of medals and 2017 was no exception. Abbie won the 100m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, and 50m backstroke for the 16/over age group.
Other outstanding swims came from Erica Charters making two finals in the 12 year group and Abigail Nicholson making the 100m backstroke final for the 10/11 group. Roxanne Uys, Lucie Peck, Katelin Taylor and Astrid Hubbard all produced great swims and winning numerous medals in the finals.
Medals were won in great abundance by the boys too. Nathan Wells led the charge on the first weekend as he returned from Loughborough University to take first place in every event he entered. Robert Addis was unstoppable in the 13 year age group again winning every final and going away with regional times aplenty, demonstrating his ability in all the strokes.
Freddie Laws and Sam Rose had some fine races and a healthy rivalry in many of the 14 year age group finals. Sam picked up an impressive four first places in a variety of strokes, and Freddie winning the 50m and 100m breast finals. Joseph Wells was also in excellent form making many finals including second place in the 100m backstroke.
The 16/over age group featured many West Norfolk swimmers, especially the 50m fly final which saw Nathan Wells winning from brother Joseph in second, Oliver Kenny fourth, Luke Bryan sixth and Alex Florance eighth. Oliver Newton had a great swim to secure first place in the 16/over 100m fly final.
As ever all the swimmers owe a great debt of gratitude to all the coaching team, headed by Sarah Vanderloo. Many parents gave up their weekends to act as officials in a wide range of roles from refereeing to marshalling, all of which ensure the championships run smoothly.
Full results can be found on the ASA Norfolk website.