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West Norfolk swimmers claim top spot accolade

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West Norfolk Swimming Club defended their Top Club award at the Norfolk County Challenge Gala at Dereham Leisure last weekend.

Guided by coaches Ryan Sykes and Oliver Kenny, the team racked up a total of 67 gold medals across the two days of competition in order to take home the trophy.

Fifteen-year-old Nathan Yeaman was the biggest contributor with nine wins, taking a clean sweep across the three breaststroke distances on top of victories in six other events.

Swimming picture (57627615)
Swimming picture (57627615)

Rhys Burrell, Dan Grimmer, Pemberley Hornigold and Chloe Bellamy took victories in the same age group with Burrell and Grimmer taking three wins each and Hornigold and Bellamy bringing back two gold medals apiece.

The 16 years and over category saw success for Harvey Isle (200 metre IM and 100 metre backstroke), Nedas Tkacenko (100 metre freestyle) and Esmie Kidman (200 metre backstroke and 200 metre butterfly).

West Norfolk’s representatives in the 14-year-olds age group were responsible for a total of 13 golds. Five of these were courtesy of Wiktoria Marcinek and three apiece from Edward Murray and Kristina Sutika-Totlebena alongside a pair of butterfly victories for Kye Harrington (100 and 200 metres).

Also winning five gold medals, Eloise Collins, 13, who, like Yeaman, was unbeatable across the breaststroke events.

Elsewhere in the age group there were wins for Daisy Stimpson (50 and 100 metre backstroke), Jamie Wilson (200 metre breaststroke) and Thomas Baxter (200 metre backstroke).

Not to be outdone, the success continued with the club’s 12-year-olds having a five-time winner of their own in Alexander Pattison.

There were also wins for Florence Collison (100 metre breaststroke), Callum New (50 and 200 metre freestyle), Milly Johnson (50 metre backstroke) and Theo Ryan (50 metre backstroke, 50 metre butterfly and 200 metre IM).

Eleven-year-old Ruby Baxter dominated the backstroke events and also won the 50 metre butterfly to take four wins in total.

This feat was matched by ten-year-old Polly Anderson.

Both collected the Top Club trophy for West Norfolk at the end of the weekend, alongside Cory Hill, 11.

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