Posts From May, 2017

East Region 2017 Long Course Championships 

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.


Newmarket Open Meet 

It was a very successful weekend of competition for West Norfolk at the recent Newmarket Open Meet. A large team of swimmers headed to the Suffolk club to compete against teams from all over the region on a gloriously sunny weekend.

For Leah Wightman the weekend turned out superbly as she won race after race, smashing her personal bests and proving why she is one of the most talented of the Club’s younger female swimmers. Her achievements in so many races earned her a very well-deserved Top Girl award to add to her trophy shelf.

Astrid Hubbard was in excellent form as well, pushing Leah all the way in the race for Top Girl. Astrid had just returned from the week long swim camp in Greece, so would have been forgiven for staying home with her feet up. Instead she took two gold medals, two silvers and five bronzes, along with several personal bests in races of all distances.

Many other West Norfolk swimmers were in great form and reaping the benefits of hard work in their weekly training sessions, recording personal bests at every opportunity and enjoying their racing.

Ryan Sykes and Sarah Vanderloo split the coaching duties over the two days, encouraging great performances throughout. Jane Sharpe deserves special thanks for solo marshalling duties throughout the weekend, ensuring the swimmers were safe and ready to race at all times.

Full results can be found on the Newmarket Swimming Club website.