A sizeable team of West Norfolk swimmers abandoned all thoughts of hot cross buns and chocolate eggs to compete at the prestigious three day Easter Meet at UEA Sportspark.
This meet offered another chance for swimmers from all over the Eastern area to gain regional times, and fine tune their strokes for the upcoming British National Championships and Olympic trials in Glasgow.
West Norfolk’s team of talented swimmers spanned the age groups with representatives in most events. This offers yet more proof of how far the club has progressed in the last few years and is always encouraging to see.
Nathan Wells demonstrated why he is heading to Glasgow this April by producing yet another consistently stunning set of swims to win the Top Boy trophy. Amongst his many wins throughout the meet were first places in the 200m backstroke and 200m I/M. His victory in the 200m freestyle was by an astonishing margin, underlining his superiority which is achieved only by constant hard work and dedication in training, on top of the demands of A level studies.
Breaststroke specialist Natalie Coogans also heads north of the border with Nathan for the National Championships. She was in devastating form taking first places in the 50m and 200m breaststroke, with second in the 200m I/M (17/0ver). Molly Lee continues to be unstoppable in breaststroke events too, taking victory in the 15/16 year 50m final, and fourth in the 200m event. Roxanne Uys further showed West Norfolk’s depth in breaststroke with a fine performance to take fourth place in the 50m final (17/over).
New West Norfolk swimmer Bryony Pack had a wonderful meet, gaining her first regional times in both 50m fly and 50m freestyle, showing great strength and promise for the future.
Abigail Whiting had a successful meet, taking second place in the 50m freestyle final, sixth in the 100 free and numerous other good swims. Ryan Sykes continues to compete at the top level along with his increasing role as a junior coach, taking third place in the 50m 17/over breaststroke final.
Other swimmers having successful results included Astrid Hubbard, Luke Bryan, Jenny Read, Ollie Newton, Freddie Laws, Harry Sharpe and Rachael Johnson.
All the swimmers would like to thank their parents for sacrificing a long weekend, all the club’s officials, and Head Coach Sarah Vanderloo.