Eight of West Norfolk SC’s swimmers took part in the Open Water County and Regional Championships this summer.
Held at the picturesque Whitlingham Great Broad, this event gave swimmers the unique challenge of open water swimming.
Nathan Wells was the club’s only swimmer to compete in the 5km event. By his own admission he had not been able to train specifically for the distance, but he produced a characteristically superb swim to take gold at county level (1:06.01.80). He was also fourth at eastern regional level, and qualified for the National Championships.
In the 3km event Jake Hall and Natalie Warnes both finished first at county level, with Jake fourth for region in a time of 47.32.70. Natalie’s strong performance earned her a well-deserved third place for region, collecting the bronze medal. Kayleigh Venables took fifth at county level and 19th at regional in a time of 52.57.
In the 13-16 year age group Rachael Johnson, Jenny Read and Abigail Whiting all competed in the 1.5km race.
Jenny swam a phenomenal time of 20.41.14 to take fourth at county and join Wells in qualifying for Nationals, reflecting all her dedication in training this year.
Rachael had an excellent swim finishing 9th at county level. Abigail’s time of 20.11.60 gained her fifth place at regional level and a silver medal to add to her collection.
Ella Farnsworth had her first ever taste of open water competition in the 800m event, taking third place at county and 13th in the region.