West Norfolk Swimming Club were solidly represented at the Swim England Winter National Championships which took place Friday 14th to Sunday 16th December at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield.
West Norfolk Swimming Club were solidly represented at the Swim England Winter National Championships which took place Friday 14th to Sunday 16th December at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. Alongside qualifying club swimmers from across the country, the competition, which took place in 25m, short course format, attracted entries from elite swimmers including Olympic silver medalist and European Champion James Guy, Olympic silver and Commonwealth gold medalist Siobhan Marie O’Connor, and others.
On Friday, Molly Lee (17yrs) raced in the 100m breaststroke. Sam Rose (15yrs) went in both the 100m butterfly and 400m freestyle events, recording personal best times of 59.42 and 4.06.31 respectively.
Former club captain, Nathan Wells who now swims primarily for Loughborough University, but links with West Norfolk when back in the county swam the 400m freestyle, racking up personal best times in both the heat and B final, ultimately finishing in 5th spot with 3.51.87.
On Saturday it was the 200m Individual Medley and 1500m freestyle for both Sam and Nathan, and the 100m breaststroke for Freddie Laws (15yrs). Sam notched up a PB time of 2.13.24 in the medley and was just outside his best time over the longer distance. Nathan raced a PB of 2.02.20 in the heat of the IM, earning spot in the A final. Freddie took almost a second off his previous best ever time, finishing in 1.07.52.
On Sunday, Lucie Peck (15yrs) was the first West Norfolk swimmer to get things underway, racing the 400m individual medley.
Nathan Wells and Sam Peck (18yrs), who links back into West Norfolk as his home club when not representing his term time team Mount Kelly, raced the 400m Individual Medley. Both achieved good personal best times in the heats, Sam of 4.30.67 and Nathan 4.22.13,landing a place in the final, where he went on to take off another 2 seconds, finishing in 4.20.57
Next up was Sam Rose, in his favourite and final event, the 200m freestyle. He racked up another PB with a finish in 1.55.51.
Freddie Laws and Luke Bryan (18yrs) both raced in the 200m breaststroke with Freddie racking up a personal best of 2.25.87.
Other club members rounded off the pre Christmas competition taking part in the City of Peterborough Winter Open meet where some fantastic time were also achieved.
The swimmers will now be preparing hard for the Norfolk County Championships taking place at The Sportspark, Norwich over three weekends beginning on 15th January