Posts From April, 2016

Anglian League JFL April 2016 

The latest rounds of the Anglia League and Junior Fenland League have been keeping West Norfolk’s swimmers busy.

For the Anglian League the team travelled to Thetford with team manager Chris Sykes for a lively evening of competition against Peterborough A and B, Thetford, St. Ives, Boston and Wisbech.

There were some fine swims from the West Norfolk team comprising experienced and novice swimmers.  Emma Aubrey-Jones was in very good form taking a hat-trick of wins in her individual events.  Seasoned competitor Kayleigh Venables also took maximum points with a win in the Open age group 50m freestyle.

Final Result 1st Boston A 144 points; 2nd St. Ives 122; 3rd Thetford 109; 4th WNSC 98; 5th Boston B 71.

Another team travelled to Peterborough for the Junior Fenland League with team manager Sarah Vanderloo.  There were some very spirited and determined performances, especially from Olivia Skittrell and Daniel Grimmer making their debuts for the club.

Individual wins on the night went to Gemma White, (100m I/M), Harvey Isle, (50m backstroke) and two superb swims from Ellie-Mae Shepperson, (50m fly and 100m I/M).  There were a healthy number of second placings and many personal bests swum which is always encouraging to see.

Final Result 1st Peterborough A 173 points; 2nd Thetford 143; 3rd WNSC 113; 4th Huntingdon 110; 5th Ely 103.

All the swimmers wish to thank their Club’s poolside officials and supportive families.  Valuable experience was gained at both events and the teams look forward to the next rounds.


Easter Meet 2016 

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.


British Swimming Championships 2016 

 April 12th-17th 2016 saw Great Britain’s best swimmers go head-to-head for the right to represent their country at the Rio 2016 Games when they converged on Glasgow for the Olympic Trials. The British Swimming Championships 2016 were held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre where performances determined the make-up of the team bound for Rio in the summer. West Norfolk Swimming Club are extremely proud to have two swimmers who competed at the championships over the course of the week.

On Tuesday Nathan Wells began his campaign with a strong heat swim in the 400m Freestyle earning him a place in the Junior Final that evening, where he swam a fantastic race finishing 5th in a season’s best of 4.02.54. On Wednesday Natalie Coogans competed in the 200m Breastroke, narrowly missing out on a final place. She finished 12th in a time of 2.34.64 just 0.02sec outside her personal best.

Nathan was back in the pool on Thursday with the 400m IM where he again demonstrated that he is quickly improving through the year with another season’s best time of 4.40.76 placing him 18th. He continued his busy programme with the gruelling 1500m Freestyle on Friday. Nathan executed the race beautifully with a supreme display of pacing thus proving that he was quickly learning and becoming more comfortable on the big stage. He finished 7th in a time of 16.19.40.

On Saturday Nathan admirably shook off the effects of the 1500m to race the 200m IM just missing out on a final place in another season’s best of 2.11.14 and finishing 15th. He was determined to round off a long week in style by reaching another final in the 200m Freestyle on Sunday. An attacking heat swim granted him his wish and he once again stepped up in the evening to finish 5th in the Junior Final in a season’s best time of 1.54.32.

Nathan and Natalie now turn their attention to the forthcoming East Region Championships joining their West Norfolk team mates and using their experience of competing at the highest level of domestic swimming in Glasgow to fuel their drive for medals and secure their places at this summer’s National Championships.