A squad of 21 swimmers from West Norfolk Swimming Club aged 14 and over, raced at the East Region 2017 Long Course Championships held at Inspire Sports Village in Luton over the long bank holiday weekend recently.
The East Region includes clubs from across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. This year over 500 swimmers who had achieved the testing qualification times, represented a total of 64 clubs taking part across the 16 events in each age group.
Despite its comparatively small membership size of 145, West Norfolk had the largest number of qualifying swimmers from any club in the county. The club finished the weekend in a fantastic 6th place, with City of Norwich finishing 19th and Gt Yarmouth in 24th.
Most West Norfolk swimmers qualified and competed in multiple events across a range of strokes. Notably Nathan Wells and Rachael Johnson qualified and swam in 11 events each, while Abigail Whiting and Oliver Kenny competed in 8 each. The swimmers competed in a total of 92 events and had 28 finalists. All performed strongly, achieving a great many personal best times (pb), putting West Norfolk’s swimmers in strong positions for qualifying for the British Summer Championships later in the year.
Individually the West Norfolk swimmers' performances are summarised below:
Rachael Johnson (15yrs) swam 9 breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke events as well as the 400m and 200m individual medleys. She finished in 8th place in the final of the 200 IM. She achieved pb's in 50, 100 and 200 Fly, 50 and 200 Breast, 50, 100 and 200 Back, and 200 IM.
Jenn Read (15yrs) competed in the 200m butterfly (pb) and 400m individual medley.
Rosie Muspratt (15yrs) swam and achieved pb's in the 50m, 100m, and 200m breaststroke races and the 200m butterfly.
Nathan Wells (17 & over) raced in 11 events. He took golds in the 1500m freestyle, and the 400m individual medley, silvers in the 400m freestyle and the 200m individual medley, and bronze in the 100m backstroke (pb). He was also a finalist in the 50m backstroke (pb), and 200m freestyle. He achieved three other pb's in the 100m breast, back and freestyle.
Ben Pogson (17 & over) swam 50m, 100m (pb) and 200m (pb) backstroke and 100m (pb) freestyle.
Oliver Kenny (17 & over) swam the 50m and 200m backstroke (pb), 50m and 100m butterfly 50m breaststroke(pb) and 200m individual medley (pb). Oliver will be representing Great Britain in the DeafLympics in Turkey this July.
Kiera Frosdick (15yrs) swam the 50m freestyle (pb) and butterfly events, as well as heats and finals in four other events. She took gold in the 50m breaststroke (pb), silver in 100m breaststroke, and 4th place in the 200m breaststroke (pb) and 200m individual medley (pb) events. She posted a pb time in the 200m individual medley
Abigail Whiting (17 & over) who is the club's senior girls captain for this season, swam in seven events, the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m and 100m butterfly. She swam in two finals, taking 8th place in both the 200m and 400m freestyle.
Oliver Harris (16yrs) raced and achieved pbs in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke.
Molly Lee (16yrs) raced and achieved silver in the 50m and gold in the 100m breaststroke (pb).
Roxanne Uys (17 & over) swam the 100m (pb) & 50m (pb) breaststroke and won bronze in both events.