Posts From May, 2015

Junior Fenland League May 2015 

West Norfolk’s younger swimmers have been busy competing in junior leagues again recently.

An enthusiastic team went to Newmarket for the latest round of the Junior Fenland League, under the guidance of team manager Ryan Sykes.  Opposition came from Mildenhall, Bottisham, Peterborough and Thetford.

Katelin Taylor was in top form, winning both the 13/under 50m breaststroke and 12/under 50m fly individual events.  Jake Harvey scored maximum points with a win in the 13/under 50m breaststroke.  Harry Sharpe won the 50m 10/under breaststroke, and Rachel Johnson took first place in the 13/under 50m fly.  Many other swimmers recorded personal bests and built up valuable competitive experience.  West Norfolk finished fourth on the night and look forward to the next round in June.

In the Norfolk Junior League, West Norfolk competed at Wymondham for the Copeland Cup.  Manager Samuel Chandler led an experienced team against UEA ‘A’ and ‘B’, Norwich Swan, and Diss.

It was a lively and enjoyable evening’s swimming with everyone rising to the occasion.  Robert Addis and Astrid Hubbard won their 50m backstroke races, with Astrid also taking the 50m fly too.  Freddie Laws showed why he is one of the region’s best breaststroke swimmers, winning the 50m 11/under event by eight seconds from his closest rival. 

Hard fought second places went to Tobias Oglesby, Harry Sharpe and Rosie Muspratt in their races.  The 4x25m mixed medley relay team of Robert, Astrid, Freddie and Katelin brought together their individual talents to pull off an exciting win towards the end of the evening.

Final Result; 1st UEA A 193 points; 2nd Swan 175.5; 3rd WNSC 121; Diss 90.5

As always the Club wishes to thank all its supporters and officials at both these junior events.


WNSC ride the crest of a wave 

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.