Norfolk County Swimming Championships have been held recently over three weekends at Wymondham and Thetford. This annual event gave West Norfolk swimmers a chance to pit themselves against competition from all over the county in events ranging from 50 to 1500 metres. Counties presents the opportunity for swimmers to gain qualifying times for Regional Championships later this year. Due to the nature of this event, stamina and dedication is required for the early starts and long days, from both swimmers and parents alike. Many dedicated mothers put aside any thoughts of breakfast in bed on Mothering Sunday, instead making an early start to transport and watch their children compete.
Performances from all West Norfolk swimmers were superb with 95% gaining personal bests over all events. Abigail Whiting produced the swim of her life to take the 100m freestyle Open title in a hugely exciting race in 1.00.61, from Sophie Green by the merest fingertip. Nathan Wells continued his season with a phenomenal 17 out of 17 1st place group wins, 15 Regional time qualifications and 5 1st place Open wins, the majority all pb’s. Not to be outdone, younger brother Joe gained 15 out of 17 event pb’s. Josh Gray made a triumphant return to Norfolk on a weekend break from University to take the 100m breaststroke title. Robert Addis, aged 9, produced an amazing swim at his first Counties to take the 200 breast title.
Results for top 6 places are as follows: R. Addis, 1st 200 breast, 4th 50 fly,6th 50 fly; M. Addis, 3rd 400 IM, 100 breast,200 free, 4th 100 fly,200 breast, 400 free, 100 IM,5th 100 breast; L. Bryan 5th 400 free; Z. Campbell-Maughan, 3rd 100 back,5th 200 and 1500 free; S. Chandler 2nd 400 IM and 1500 free, 3rd 400 free, 6th 200 free; A. Florance, 5th 200 breast, 6th 100 breast; J. Gray, 1st 100 breast; A. Holman, 3rd 100 breast, 4th 200 breast, 6th 100 IM; O. Kenny, 2nd 400 IM and 1500 free, 3rd 400 free, 3rd 50 back; E. Legg, 2nd 50 fly, 4th 50 back, 5th 100IM and 200 free; J. Marshall-Grint, 4th 200 breast; A. Murray, 1st 100 IM, 2nd 100 back, 100 fly,100 breast, 50 fly; R. Sykes, 1st 400 IM, 2nd 400 free, 3rd 200 free,200 breast, 100 breast, 5th 100 fly, 100 IM; H. Thompson, 3rd 50 fly, 50 back, 100IM and 400 free,4th 100 back and 200 free; J. Wells, 2nd 200 back,3rd 1500 free, 4th 200 free, 5th 400 free and 400 IM,6th 50 back, 100 free and 200 fly; R. Baxter, 4th 50 breast, 6th 100 breast; K. Empson, 2nd 50 back,100 IM , 3rd 50 free(joint), 100 free,4th 800 free; S. Green 1st 50 back and 100 IM, 2nd 100 free, 200 fly, 50 back, 3rd 200 back; H. Janisch, 4th 100 IM, 5th 50 free, 100 free, 50 back, 6th 200 back; C. Sorrell, 4th 100 IM, 5th 50 back 800 free, 6th 400 free; E Sorrell, 5th 50 and 400 free, 6th 50 back and 100 IM; A. Whiting 1st 100 free,100 IM 50 back, 2nd 50 free,200 back, 800 free, 3rd 400 free ,50 free, 4th 400 IM and 50 back, 5th 50 breast; K. Taylor 5th 50 free.
Nathan Wells with his Norfolk CountyChampionship trophies 2013