A large team of West Norfolk’s swimmers from all age groups competed over the last two Sundays at the very popular County Challenge gala, hosted by Dereham Otters.
This gala excludes swimmers who reached the finals at County Championships earlier this year, thus offering a real chance for those competing to take home some medals and record some valuable times. Events were held at distances from 50m to 200m across the age groups with West Norfolk very well represented.
In the girls’ events there was success in all age groups with everyone rising to the challenge. Ella Farnsworth used all her experience to take first places in the 200m back, butterfly and I/M events, first in the 50m breast and second in the 100m backstroke. Abigail Nicholson took two firsts in the 10 yrs age group, in 50m back and 100m fly. Abigail Richings and Ellie-Mei Shepperson were both in excellent form in the very competitive 13 year age group. Abigail took two seconds and two thirds in freestyle and backstroke events. Ellie-Mei took first in the 50m breast, two thirds in 200m fly and I/M, and fourth in 200m back.
Training partners and close friends Kiera Clarke and Isabel Jeffery were very evenly matched as usual in the twelve year old events. Both went home with a haul of medals and many personal bests, including an unexpected first for Isabel in the 200m fly at her first ever attempt.
Eleven year olds Erica Charters and Leah Wightman enjoyed success too in their large age group. Erica had two firsts, (100m breast and 100m I/M) along with a second, third and fourth in other events. Leah took three second places in 100m breast and fly, and 50m breast.
Other girls amongst the medals were Rosie Muspratt, Jemma Jarvis, Emma Aubrey-Jones and Natalie Warnes. Katie Rump picked up three third places in the 50m free, 200m free and 200m I/M. Chloe Sorrell took a well-earned first in the competitive 200m freestyle fifteen year age group. Kayleigh Venables took two firsts, (50m free and 100 breast) and a third.
The boys were all in fine form too with many more excellent swims over both weekends. Brothers Alfie and Sam Randall scooped a large number of medals between them. Alfie took three firsts in the 50m and 100m breast, and the 200m I/M which he won by a considerable distance. Twelve year old Sam won the 50m breast and took seconds in 200m back and 100m breast.
Harvey Isle was the youngest West Norfolk boy in the medals with three firsts ( 100m back and free and 200m breast) along with a second and two third places in his eleven years age group. Older brother Jacob was in his usual good form taking victory in the 200m fly, second in 50m breast and third in the 100m breast. Another eleven year old, Tom Owen continues to impress winning the 100m fly and taking second in the 100m free.
Jake Lammas (15) had a win in the 100m fly and seconds in the 100m and 200m breast events. Ollie Harris (15) won the 100m back and was second in the 100m fly. Alex Hall had two wins in the 100m fly and 100m back for his age group.
New club member Arturas Eicinas was amongst the medals with two seconds and a third in some very competitive events. Iasonas Emmanouel (14) also showed some good form to take two thirds.
In the 16 years/over group Joe Wells impressed with victories in the 50m free and 200m breast, with third place in the 100m breast. Matthew Addis remains very competitive, winning the 50m back, taking second in the 100m breast and third in the 200m breast. Jake Hall took first in the 200m back and two seconds in the 50m back and 200m breast.
Such excellent results were rewarded by West Norfolk receiving the Top Club Trophy. This marks yet another great achievement for the Club as we head towards the summer break. The whole team can be very proud of their individual and collective efforts, underlined yet again by wonderful team spirit and support for each other. Full results can be found on the Norfolk ASA website.