Posts From May, 2014

Newmarket Open meet April 2014 

The town of Newmarket proved once again to be a rich hunting ground for West Norfolk Swimming Club, during the two day Open Meet in April. Here, a team ranging in age from 9 to 18 years, took on opposition from all over the region. In events from 50 to 400 metres, the club amassed an incredible 102 top 3 place finishes, demonstrating the depth of talent now present at West Norfolk. The club finished joint Top Visiting Club, sharing the honours with U.E.A., another great achievement given the difference in size between the two clubs.

Individually there were some excellent performances right across the age range. Joseph Wells, aged 14, swam superbly and consistently over the two days, competing in every event, to take home the coveted Top Boy trophy. He kept the award in his family, pushing last year’s winner, older brother Nathan, into 3rd place. Robert Addis, aged 10, produced his top form to collect four 1st places, with older brother Matthew taking 1st in the 400 individual medley,  16 and over age group. Archie Holman continued his run of form with two wins, as did Ryan Sykes, Rosie Muspratt and Natalie Coogans. Single event wins were earned by Luke Bryan, Ella Farnsworth, Beth Gooding, Jacob Isle, Molly Lee, Roxanne Uys, Kayleigh Venables,  Natalie Warnes and Gemma White.  Nathan Wells took home nine 1st place medals out of his nine events entered, underlining his ongoing consistent form.

The freestyle ‘Skins’ event is a highlight of the Newmarket Open, with last year’s men’s won in memorably dramatic fashion  by Nathan Wells. This year, Nathan was deemed too fast to compete to defend his title, so it was up to Matthew Addis, Archie Holman and Ryan Sykes to battle it out with two other swimmers. Matthew and Archie finished a very creditable 4th and 5th respectively, with Ryan taking on last year’s runner up, Ashley Buck, in the final race. Backstroke was drawn for the final race, which favoured the Newmarket man. Ryan led at the 25 metre turn, only to be narrowly beaten in the final few metres, a great performance none the less. In the women’s event, Natalie Coogans was the Club’s only qualifier, swimming a stunning series of races back to back, to also finish as runner up. The whole Club was incredibly proud of Natalie and Ryan for providing such excitement.

Overall, a very satisfying two days for West Norfolk, made possible by excellent coaching and support poolside, and the ongoing commitment of a very dedicated army of parents.

photo of Joseph Wells,
winner of the Top Boy trophy at this meet

Norfolk Junior League April 2014 

West Norfolk produced a superb evening of swimming at the recent Norfolk Junior League, to finish a very close second to Diss Otters. A team of eager swimmers, aged 9 to 12 years, travelled to Thetford with Team Manager Samuel Chandler, to take on opposition from Diss, North Norfolk Vikings, Norwich Swan and Thetford.The team took a few races to get into their stride, then the wins started flowing, much to the delight of their supporters.

Individual wins were gained by Robert Addis, Ryan Howard, Jacob Isle, Isabel Jeffery, Rosie Muspratt, Isabel Overton, Jenny Read and Katelin Taylor. Both Robert and Jenny clocked up 2 wins each, and Isabel Overton swam an excellent race to record a personal best in the 12 yr old 50m backstroke. The girls’ 9/10 yr old freestyle relay team scored another win,(Isabel Jeffery, Katie Drew, Astrid Hubbard and Katelin Taylor) as did the 11/12 yr old team, ( Rosie Muspratt, Rachel Johnson, Isabel Overton and Jenny Read). To top the evening off, the 8 members of the cannon relay team pulled out all the stops to take the race in a very exciting finish. The whole team showed great character and maturity, giving their delighted manager much to be proud of. Many thanks go to Teena Venables, Stewart Murray, Celina Taylor, Heather Randall, Lois Addis and Scott Lammas for their help throughout the evening.

Final Result: 1st Diss, 11 points; 2nd WNSC 135; 3rd Thetford 119; 4th North Norfolk Vikings 107; 5th Norwich Swan 92.

The Anglian League was hosted recently by WNSC at Downham Market. Opposition came from March, St Ives and Thetford on this occasion. Individual wins were scored by Mathew Dobing, Lorna Pepperill and Harry Thompson, with some fine swims for placings by other team members. As the Newmarket Open was held over the same weekend, many swimmers and their parents travelled back and forth to compete for their club, going well beyond the call of duty. The Team Manager and whole Club would like to extend special thanks to them.

Final Result: 1st St Ives, 101 points; 2nd Thetford, 99; 3rd WNSC 58; 4th March 50.


County Championships held recently at Thetford 

County Championships have been held recently at Thetford, with West Norfolk Swimming Club represented by a total of sixty nine swimmers ranging from nine to twenty years. Events ranged from 50 to 1500 metres, with the long distance races held separately at Wymondham. This annual event gives qualifying swimmers  an opportunity to take on top quality opposition from all over Norfolk.

The hard work and dedication in training and at swim camp, was reflected by the outstanding results at this year’s championships. All West Norfolk swimmers pushed themselves to the limits, with the vast majority gaining personal best times. In the long distance events, Zack Campbell-Maughan won the 14 year age group at both 400 and 1500m, with Archie Holman 2nd in the 400m for 15 year olds. Nathan Wells got his campaign off to an excellent start, winning the 1500 and 400m Open and 16 year old age groups. Other notable placings in the distance events came from Matthew Addis, Robert Addis, Luke Bryan, Alex Florance, and Jake Lammas. In the shorter events, the success continued with Elliot Legg finishing 1st   in the 50m fly 16 year age group, 2nd in the open final, along with 2nd in the 50m back final. Nathan Wells was in formidable form, taking 1st in the 200m I/M, 400m I/M, 100m free and 50m back, along with numerous other placings. The West Norfolk boys showed their dominance in the breaststroke 50m and 100m finals. Josh Gray took both events, chased hard by Ryan Sykes and Nathan Wells in 2nd and 3rd places.

West Norfolk  girls were in top form too. In the 400m event, Katelin Taylor (10) finished an excellent 3rd place in her age group, as the Club’s youngest female competitor at the distance. Elise Sorrell, Natalie Warnes and Abigail Whiting all finished in the top 5 in their age groups. In the shorter distance events, Abigail Whiting again showed her class in the 50m and 100m free events, winning both the open and age group finals. Natalie Coogans was victorious in the 16/over 50m breast stroke, underlining her recent National qualifying time. Other notable performances came from Sophie Empson, Jenny Read, Elise Sorrel and Roxanne Uys.

All the swimmers would like to thank Sarah Vanderloo for her great patience and stamina throughout, encouraging and cajoling the swimmers to give their very best. Special thanks to Angela Gray for photographic services. Thanks also to the many poolside helpers and officials from the Club, who donate their time so generously to make events like this so successful. Full results can be viewed on the ASA website.