The County Championship Relays Gala provided a thrilling finale to this year’s County events. Held at UEA Norwich, over the 50 metre distance, this event provides excitement and drama for spectators and swimmers alike. West Norfolk Swimming Club sent A, B and C teams to take on seven other clubs from all over the county. Due to the depth of talent within the club now, many younger swimmers were able to experience top level competition over the long course distance.
A long, and at times slightly manic, evening’s entertainment was provided for the packed crowd, with a total of 38 races swum in rapid succession. After the record breaking success of last year’s mens team, it was the turn of the ladies this year. West Norfolk’s Ladies Open Free team triumphed with a new County record. A thrilling race developed, with Natalie Coogans, Sarah Vanderloo and Elise Sorrell putting the team in front, for Abigail Whiting to swim a scintillating anchor leg and seal the record. Another win came in the Junior Medley, with Abigail and Elise again, joined by Natalie Warnes and Sophie Empson, much to the delight of the supporters.
At the end of an exhausting evening, the ‘A’ team went home with a well earned 2nd place overall, another huge achievement for our ever improving club.
In addition to previously reported times, the whole club would like to warmly congratulate the following swimmers for also gaining Regional qualifying times at Counties: Matthew Addis (200 free), Archie Holman (100 breast and 400 free), Elise Sorrell (200 free), Abigail Whiting ( 200 and 400 I/M) and Roxanne Uys (100 breast).
photo showing members of the 'A' team with their trophies and medals for 2nd place overall