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.