The busy summer of competition has continued for West Norfolk’s swimmers. A team of twelve spent time at Pond’s Forge, Sheffield for the British Swimming Championships in the last week of July. They then carried on for the English ‘Home Nation’ Championships during the first week of August.
These championships are the pinnacle of the domestic season, so swimmers must achieve challenging qualification times within a specific window of time.
List of WNSC Swimmers who achieved qualification times and the events
British Summer Chamionships 25th to 30th July 2017 (You Tube live stream recording links with start positions)
In the first week Roxanne Uys (17), Molly Lee (16) and Kiera Frosdick (15) raced 50m breaststroke events in their age groups. Molly finished 11th and Roxanne 19th, whilst Kiera earned a place in the final, finishing fourth and being just 7/100 of a second outside the medals. Kiera and Moly went on to swim in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events, with Kiera 9th and 22nd, while Molly ended up 10th and 22nd.
Sam Rose (14) swam a personal best time in the 50m butterfly to finish 14th.
West Norfolk stalwart Nathan Wells, who now swims primarily for Loughborough University, swam the 400m freestyle finishing 8th. He then qualified third for the 400m I/M final, but elected not to swim it, concentrating on the 1500m on the same day, finishing 6th. Nathan also came 12th in the 200m backstroke.
Sam Peck (16) is another student who still represents West Norfolk when not at college at Mount Kelly in Devon. He swam the 200m breaststroke finishing 21st.
On 31st July the action moved outside to the lake at Rother Valley Country Park. Here Sam Rose came 7th in the 1500m (13/14), while Lucie Peck was 14th in the girls’ race. In the final race of the day Nathan was in excellent form winning the silver medal in the 18yrs/over 5km event.
The next day swimmers returned indoors at Pond’s Forge. Alex Florance (17) and Sam Peck finished 17th and 12th respectively in the 100m breaststroke. Sam also raced the 200m and 400m I/M and 50m breaststroke events.
In the 200m breaststroke, Natalie Coogans (19) was nudged in to the silver medal position by 15/100 of a second.
Luke Bryan (17) made his debut at Nationals in the 1500m. He achieved a phenomenal 19 second personal best to take home a richly-deserved bronze medal.
Freddie Laws (14) made a remarkable recovery from a broken elbow just five weeks earlier, having been knocked off his bike by a car. He competed in the 200m breaststroke, finishing 18th in his second fastest time ever.
Sam Rose qualified for the final of the 100m butterfly, finishing 4th. He then raced the 400m freestyle heat in a 2.5 second personal best, bettering that time by a further 2.5 seconds and taking silver in the final.
Lara-Grace Mount(14) finished 8th in the 200m backstroke with a personal best time.
Nathan Wells built on his earlier Sheffield success by taking four gold medals in the 18/over age group events for 200m freestyle, 200m I/M, 50m and 100m backstroke. His success across the full range of strokes in sprints, middle and long distances demonstrate his truly versatile talent.
Sarah Vanderloo, head coach said.
“These swimmers have worked hard all year to earn their places at Nationals, doing themselves and me proud with the times they achieved in the water in Sheffield. For some it was their first time competing. I am confident that next year we will have even more qualifiers and bring more medals back to West Norfolk.”