West Norfolk swimmers grab Top Club cup again in regional qualifier

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The run of success continues for West Norfolk this season with yet another Top Club cup resting in the trophy cabinet at St. James Pool, this time from the City of Peterborough Last Chance Regional Qualifier.

A large team of swimmers aged ten years and upwards took on clubs from all over the region at the three day meet, with the aim for many of gaining regional times for the forthcoming East Region Age Group Championships.

There were excellent performances in all the age groups. Qualification for the finals was very tough with only 14/under and 15/over categories, in just the 50m events.

Jacob Isle was in excellent form throughout, reaching the finals of the 50m freestyle, fly and backstroke events, winning both the free and fly events and just squeezed into second in the back. He achieved two regional times with his victories, though frustratingly these fall just outside the qualifying period for the Youth Championships.

Ten year old Harry Sharpe continues to impress in the water. He took many first places in the heats for his age group, including 200m breast, 100m free, 100m breast, 200m and 400m free. Freddie Laws added regional times for all three backstroke distances. Freddie, who was too fast to swim his favoured breaststroke and IM events, had age group wins in the 100m fly and free, and second places in the 50m and 100m back, 100m free and 200m back.

Jake Hall turned in some great performances making the 15/over 50m fly and freestyle finals, finishing second and sixth respectively. Oliver Harris had some fine swims, including second places from his age group for the 100m free and breaststroke and third in the 14/under 50m fly final.

Harvey Isle’s fine swims included third his age group for 50m fly and 200m I/M. Henry Overton deserved credit for being the only West Norfolk ten year old boy to gamely tackle the gruelling 400m I/M. Zachariah Oglesby pulled out all the stops to make the final of the 50m breast, finishing a very close third.

The girls were on equally good form. Kayleigh Venables excelled at this meet, making all four 15/over finals, winning the 50m back and taking second in the fly, fourth in the breast and third in the freestyle.

Rachael Johnson, a fine competitor in several strokes, took home three regional qualifying times in the 200m and 100m breast and 400m I/M. She also made the finals of the 14/u 50m breast, finishing second, and first in her age group for 200m I/M.

Rosie Muspratt came fifth in the 14/u 50m breast finals, along with many other age group placings, including second in the 100m breast.

Lara-Grace Mount, 13, had numerous top six finishes, including 14/u final appearances in 50m back finishing sixth and 50m fly finishing third. She rounded off her weekend with an impressive regional time for the 200m back. Jenny Read continues to excel as she finished fifth in the 50m freestyle 14/u final. Isabel Overton made a return to form, picking up three age group wins.

Astrid Hubbard, who was too fast to compete in many events, made one appearance in a successful attempt to gain her 200m freestyle qualifying time. Leah Wightman was the youngest WNAC swimmer to scoop a regional time at the meet. She won the 11 year age group for 50m back in a large entry of swimmers. She had many fine swims in her other events.

Full results can be found at the City of Peterborough website.