A squad of eight talented West Norfolk SC swimmers aged between 11 and 14 years old ventured to Luton for the East Region Age Group Championships.
Saturday morning was a nervy start as many felt their way into regional competition.
Freddie Laws began with the gruelling 200m Butterfly where he finished 13th. Rosie Muspratt and Rachael Johnson in the 200m Breastroke finished 17th and 21st respectively with Johnson swimming a new personal best (PB).
In the boys 100m Breast Robert Addis swam a PB 13th whilst Laws scraped into the final producing a stunning swim from the outside lane for a PB second. Astrid Hubbard began with a PB in the 50m Butterfly, 13th, before the boys in the 400m Freestyle both swam PBs, with Addis finishing 10th and Laws 17th.
By Saturday afternoon they were more settled and produced some excellent swims. Addis PB’d all of his events, finishing 15th in the 100m Backstroke and 50m Frontcrawl and seventh in the 400m Individual Medley (IM). Laws had an excellent 400IM swim to finish sixth in a PB.
Hubbard came 19th in the 100m Free, narrowly missing the final in the 200m Back (finishing 9th) and a PB which earned her a place in the 200m IM final where she again swam faster to finish fourth and just miss out on a medal. Johnson finished 23rd in the 200m IM and 32nd in the 200m Back, while Lara-Grace Mount made her regional debut in the 200m Back with a PB to finish 16th.
Sunday morning saw Muspratt and Jenny Read tackle the 200m Fly, both swimming PBs to finish 23rd and 20th. They were joined by Hubbard who sneaked into the final where she performed superbly, a PB to finish 7th. Laws and Addis both swam PBs in the 200m Breast, reaching the finals where Addis finished 7th and Laws claimed another silver.
Both boys also swam the 50m Fly where they finished 20th and 27th respectively with a PB for Addis. In the 100m Breast Hubbard, Johnson and Muspratt all had fantastic PBs to finish 12th, 23rd and 16th. In the 400m Free Jenny finished 21st marginally outside her PB.
On Sunday afternoon Addis got into the 200m IM final with a PB time where he finished 6th, Laws finished 12th in a PB. Addis also swam PBs in the 100m Free and 200m Back finishing 13th and 15th. In the girls 100m Back Lara-Grace swam a fantastically attacking race to make the final with a PB where she finished 8th.
Hubbard came 12th in the 100m Back, 30th in the 50m Free and rounded off with a PB and 7th spot in the 400m IM. She was joined by Muspratt and Johnson (PB) who finished 21st and 19th.
Monday featured the distance Frontcrawl events and Addis in trademark style with some excellent pacing won his first regional medal with silver in the 1500m.
In the 100m Fly, Laws finished 16th and Hubbard just missed the final in 9th despite a PB.
In the 50m Back Leah Wightman, the youngest member of the team, had an excellent debut swim to PB in the 50m Back for 19th along with Johnson (34th), Lara (11th) and Laws (26th) with Addis (27th) and Hubbard (16th) just outside their PBs.
In the 200m Free both boys swam PBs with Laws finishing 26th and Addis 10th just missing the final. In the girls event Hubbard PB’d to finish 18th whilst Jenny finished 21st. There were PBs in the 50m Breast for Hubbard (17th), Muspratt (17th), Johnson (20th) and Addis (13th) before Laws ended a fantastic weekend by scooping up his third silver medal in the final.
All the swimmers thank their parents; and coach Sarah Vanderloo.