After the success of their team mates in the Swim England East Region 2018 Long Course Championships earlier in the month, it was the turn of the younger members of West Norfolk Swimming Club of compete the at regional level over the three day late May Bank Holiday weekend. Eleven purple hatted athletes had achieved the challenging qualification times to compete in the East Region 2018 Age Group Championships, the competition for those who will be under 15 years old on 31st December this year. The championships were contested at the Luton Aspire Sport Village.
Although medals eluded them over the three days, they achieved personal best ever times (PB) in an incredible 67 of their 79 races, a hit rate of 85%.
Astrid Hubbard (14yrs) achieved 10 PBs in her in 11 events, the 200m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke and the 200m and 400m individual medley.
Erica Charters (13yrs) scored a full house of PBs in her 8 events, 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and butterfly, and the 200m and 400m individual medley. She was 8th in the final of the 200m butterfly.
Harry Sharpe (12yrs) finished in 5th place in the 1500m and 6th in the 400m freestyle events. He racked up had 8 PBs over 9 events.100m, 200m breaststroke, 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m and 400m individual medley.
Harvey Isle (12yrs) PB’d in all of his 5 events, 100m & 200m backstroke, 200m butterfly and 200m and 400m individual medley, where he took 6th .
Kyle Ostil (11yrs) had 6 events, 50m and 100m freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly. He achieved double PBs in both heats and finals over 50m and 100m freestyle, finishing 6th in both. He was 5th in the final of the 50m butterfly.
Leah Bushell (12yrs) had 2 events, 50m and 100m backstroke and PB’d both.
Leah Wightman (13yrs) achieved 5 PBs across the 8 events she raced, 50m butterfly, 100m, 200m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and 200m and 400m individual medley yrs. She finished 7th in the 200 IM and 8th in the 200m backstroke.
Robert Addis (14yrs) notched up 11 PBs over his 12 events. 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, 50m, 100m, and 200m, breaststroke, 50m and 100m butterfly, 100m and 200m backstroke and 200m and 400m individual medley. They included a double PB heat and PB final helping him to 5th place in the 200m IM and 6th in the 400m freestyle.
Thomas Owen (13yrs) competed over 6 events, but achieved 9 PBs in heats and finals. He finished 4th in the 200m breaststroke and 8th in the 200m butterfly, with a brace of heat PB/final PB doubles. His other events were the 50m and 100mbreaststroke, 100m freestyle and 200m and 400m individual medley.
Tobias Oglesby (14yrs) raced and PB’d the 200m backstroke.
Tom Ball (14yrs) raced and PB’d the 100m freestyle.
WNSC Head Coach said ‘Although swimmers were not rewarded with medals for their efforts at Luton over another very hot bank holiday weekend, they should all be very proud of their achievements. The fact that so many personal best times were achieved demonstrates that they have been training well and building up to this top level competition. It’s not a time to rest on our laurels though; there is a lot to look forward to across the club and work to be done to build for the future. The Open Water Championships are looming ahead of us in July, and we have several swimmers who will compete in them. We will begin a programme of open water training for club members next weekend. Several of our swimmers also have the British and English Summer Championships to prepare for.’