West Norfolk swimmers continue to ride the crest of a wave of success, with another set of superb results at the Newmarket Open Meet recently. Competing against twenty seven other clubs, the ‘Purple Army’ walked away with three trophies. Joseph Wells took home the Top Boy trophy for an incredible third year running; Zach Campbell-Maughan won the prestigious ‘skins’ event, and West Norfolk won Top Visiting Club.
The meet was held over a weekend and offered plenty of opportunity for swimmers to improve their times against top level competition. Fifteen year old Joseph Wells was in superb form throughout, and in scoring his hat trick of Top Boy wins, proved that Newmarket is one of his favourite places to compete. He recorded nine first places, five seconds, two thirds and a fourth. Along the way he swam six new personal bests and qualified for a place in the ‘Skins’ final.
Held early on in the Sunday afternoon, the Skins event provided great excitement and gave West Norfolk supporters much to cheer about. The Club has had great success in recent years in this event, so it was fitting to have Zach Campbell-Maughan, Ryan Sykes, Matthew Addis and Joseph Wells compete in the final. The format of 50 metre races swum in rapid succession lends itself to top quality entertainment, if somewhat punishing for the swimmers. Strokes for each race are drawn at random, so luck plays a part in deciding the trophy to a certain extent. Zach swam a stunning series of races to reach the final heat and seal victory amid wild celebrations from all his supporters. Matthew Addis finished sixth, Joseph Wells fourth, and Ryan Sykes third in his third consecutive Skins final.
Many other swimmers enjoyed success over the weekend. Freddie Laws and Robert Addis dominated in the boys 11 year old age group with many first and second places between them. Luke Bryan collected three first places in his tough age group. Nathan Wells won every event he entered, achieving seven new personal bests and breaking the Winter Short Course qualifying times in the process, in the 100 I/M and 400m freestyle. As well as winning the Skins, Zach Campbell Maughan took a number of wins and places. Keely Empson took the 50 and 100m freestyle events, with younger sister Sophie winning the 100m breaststroke. Molly Lee continued her fine form with two wins, and Jenny Read picked up a first place in the 400m free. Astrid Hubbard had two wins and numerous places in another excellent set of swims. Natalie Coogans won the 50 breaststroke in the 16 and over group, whilst at the other end of the age spectrum, ten year old Leah Wightman scored her first ever win in the 50m back.
Taking the Top Visiting Club trophy rounded off a wonderful weekend for West Norfolk. All the swimmers and parents would like to recognise the hard work put in by their now full time Head Coach, Sarah Vanderloo. Thanks also to all the officials and dedicated helpers and supporters who ensure our swimmers can compete. Full results can be found on The Newmarket Swimming Club website.