With the new season now in full swing, West Norfolk SC sent a sizeable team to compete at the annual Iceni Gala, hosted by Dereham Otters.
This two-day event presents an ideal opportunity for swimmers to gain county qualifying times for 2016, and gain competitive racing experience. Other clubs included strong teams from St Felix School, Lowestoft, Thetford, Dereham and Norwich Swan.
Luke Bryan produced some inspirational swims to delight his supporters, winning the 200m events in freestyle, fly and individual medley for his age group. He also took first place in the 400m free, recording a huge personal best time.
Alex Florance was in sharp competitive form all weekend, taking a clean sweep of wins in the 50m, 100m and 200m breast stroke events. He also swam a fine PB to add the 100m fly to his tally of wins.
Alex Hall was dominant in backstroke and fly events for his age group. He swam superbly to win the 100 and 200m fly, along with 50m and 200m back. Harry Sharpe continues to impress, scoring a win in the 200m free and adding an excellent PB to take the 400m free event for ten-year-olds.
Harley Bunting had a win in the 100m back and two hard-earned second places in the 400m and 200m free events. Amongst the other boys competing Harvey Isle took third place in the 200m I/M, and Oliver Harris second in the 200m free.
The girls were in top form too. Leah Wightman took first places in the 200m back and I/M, and third in 400m free. Ella Farnsworth won her age group for the 400m free, with Molly Sharpe in third place.
Alice Ireland landed first place in the 100m fly; Katelin Taylor took second in the 200m fly with a huge PB, and Rosie Muspratt a fine second in the 200m I/M.
Ellie-Mei Shepperson, Kiera Clarke and Isabel Jeffery all had fine swims in their 200m breaststroke events, carving chunks of time off their previous bests.
Overall, another successful weekend. Thanks to Sarah Vanderloo for coaching duties, Debbie Gates for marshalling, and the many West Norfolk officials for working so hard.