The British Summer Championships took place between 24th – 29th July at Ponds Forge International Sports centre in Sheffield. Five athletes from West Norfolk Swimming Club qualified to compete in the six day event.
On day 1, Roxane Uys (19yrs) raced a seasons best time in the 50m breast stroke to finish 14th, while Molly Lee (17yrs) got into the final with a time of 33.82, and she finished 8th with a quicker 33.62.
Molly Lee raced again on Tuesday, day 2, in the 200m breaststroke, as did WNSC ‘old girl’ Natalie Coogans who now sims for the University of Stirling.
Day 4, Wednesday saw British Championships debuts for Freddie Laws (15yrs) in the 200m breaststroke, and Lucie Peck (15yrs) in the 1500m freestyle. Laws finished 17th in his event and Peck 16th in hers.
Although no swimmers in West Norfolk colours raced on day 5, long time club stalwart Nathan Wells took part in the 800m freestyle and 200m Individual Medley. Wells was a finalist in the 200IM event and notched up a British Summer Champs bronze medal in the 800m freestyle event. During the course of the week he also put in great performances in the 200m, 400m, 1500m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 400m IM events.
Day 5 brought the 100m breast stroke for Molly Lee, who rounded her season of in style on the National stage, in 13th place.
Monday 30th July was the Swim England Open Water Festival, including the National Open Water Age Group Championships at Rother Valley Country Park.
Although swimming had to be abandoned due to terrible weather conditions the day before, the sun forced its way through to make for a mostly bright and clear day.
Harry Sharpe (13yrs) took 28 minutes 51 seconds to finish his 2 km course, coming in in 22nd place.
In the 3km race, Sam Rose (15yrs) finished in eighth spot in a time of 38mins 15 seconds, close behind an incredible three way tie for first place.
Jenn read (16yrs) took 1hr 15min and 42 seconds to complete her 5km distance, finishing 21st in her age group.
Nathan Wells, swimming the Open water event for WNSC, finished 4th in the 19 years and over event in a time of 1hr 1min and 24seconds.
It was back to the pool, back to Ponds Forge, Sheffield on Tuesday 31st July for the Swim England National Summer Meet, running through to Saturday 4th August.
On day one, Freddie Laws got things underway with a PB heat swim in the 200m breast stroke to earn a place in the final, and then again to finish 5th.
Roxanne Uys was next up, with a PB heat swim in the 100m breast stroke, which she then bettered again in the final to take the bronze medal in a time of 1:13.38.
Sam Rose came 15th in the 50m freestyle. Rose also swam the 400m individual medley, making PB times in both the heat and the final, where he finished in 8thposition. Luke Bryan (18yrs) also swam the 400m IM, finishing in 13th spot. Lucie Peck swam a huge 6 second PB in the heat of her 400m IM event, and then took off a further 4 seconds to finish in 5:06.58 to take a coveted gold medal and the English National Champion title.
Day 2 started for WNSC with Sam Rose swimming the 200m freestyle, where he missed out on a final place by a tiny 0.11 seconds and finished 11th. and later in the day PBs in the 100m butterfly, finishing 15th.
Roxanne Uys swam a massive 4 second PB in the heat of the 200m breast stroke, and went on to finish 4th, narrowly missing a second medal.
Luke Bryan also PB’d in the 200m breaststroke heat went on to finish 8th in the final. He also had to contend with the 1500m freestyle where he finished in 7th place in a time of 17:16:28.
Day 3 Sam Rose and Finn Ryan (19yrs) both swam PBs in their 200m individual medley heats. Rose earned a place in the final where he finished 8th, Ryan finished.
Luke Bryan had the 800m freestyle finishing 7th.
Friday was day 4 and saw just Lucie Peck swimming, in the women’s 200m butterfly event. She earned a place in the final, when she PB’d and finished 9th.
Saturday was day 5, the final day. Lucie Peck swam the women’s 800m freestyle, finishing 6th to round of her first nationals. Bottom seed Sam Rose swam a PB in the heat of the men’s 50m freestyle to claim a place in the final, when he PB’d again to claim the silver medal in a time of 26.84 seconds.
Former WNSC swimmer Nathan Wells also raced during the week, representing Loughborough University. He finished 11th in the 100m freestyle, and then PB'd in both the heat and the final of the 50m backstroke to take the men’s 18yrs & over to take the gold medal and English National Champion title for the second consecutive year.
Pic 1 - National Open Water Swimmers Harry Sharp and Sam Rose
Pic 2 - National Open Water Swimmer Jenn Read
Pic 3 - English Championships women’s 17 yrs & over bronze medalist Roxanne UYS
Pic 4 - English Championship women’s 15yrs 400m IM champion Lucie Peck
Pic 5 - English Championships men’s 15yrs 50m butterfly silver medalist Sam Rose