Ryan second to world champion

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The Lincoln Vulcans Meet at Pond’s Forge produced some excellent swims and fine results for West Norfolk.

A sizeable team made the journey to Sheffield, to compete over the long course distance along with clubs from all over the country.

For Ryan Sykes and Robert Addis, the day yielded exciting and high calibre results. Eighteen-year-old Sykes, Boys’ captain, by virtue of a fast qualifying time, was drawn to swim against Adam Peaty, world record holder in the 50m breaststroke, from City of Derby.

Peaty (19) is a regular on the British team, and has just won two individual silver medals at the short course world championships in Doha.

Ryan pushed himself to the very limit, chasing Peaty hard to take a superb and thoroughly deserved second place. Ryan’s mother, Christine, was many miles away managing at a Junior League final, but was ecstatic on learning of her son’s achievement.

Addis (10) threw himself with characteristic enthusiasm to ultimately scoop the Top Boy trophy. It is difficult to believe that Robert is still at primary school, such is the maturity of his racing. Out of his ten races he scored four first places, to finish top of the table.

Other swimmers put in some fine performances. Nathan Wells applied his trademark speed and technique to collect two second places, including the 200m backstroke, and numerous other top six places.

Younger brother, Joseph, recorded some excellent results, including third in the 200m back. The busy Jake Lamswam seven events with top six places in all, including one second place, thus underlining his ongoing success.

The reliable Abigail Whiting finished in the top five in all her events, adding victory in her favourite 50m freestyle. Natalie Coogans took gold in the 200m breaststroke. Jenny Read swam many events, with two pleasing fourth places.

There were many personal bests for Matthew Addis, Zack Campbell-Maughan, Archie Holman, Chloe Sorrell and Elise Sorrell.