A squad of 20 West Norfolk swimmers travelled to Luton for the East Region Winter Championships, writes Sarah Vanderloo.
The swimmers accumulated the seventh highest haul from the 48 competing clubs with three silver and four bronze medals over the weekend as well as numerous personal best (pb) times.
Nathan Wells kicked off with the gruelling 1500m Freestyle event where he swam a pb time and finished an agonising fourth place, just outside the medals. Wells continued his good form throughout a busy weekend where he competed in a further 11 events, making seven finals, winning the silver in the 400m Free (pb) and bronze medals in 200m Free, 200m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley (pb). He also recorded further pbs in the 50m Free and 100m IM.
Natalie Coogans was once again on form in her favoured Breaststroke events, swimming pbs and winning silver medals in the 100m and 200m Breast and breaking the Norfolk County senior records for both events in the process. She also showed her ability to branch out into other events with pbs in the 50m Free and 400m IM.
Abigail Whiting completed the West Norfolk medal hunt taking bronze in a very competitive 100m Free (pb). She also made the finals and swam pbs in the 200m and 50m Free events where she broke both the junior and senior 50m Free county records.
Chloe Sorrell (50m Back), Natalie Warnes (50m Back & Free), Jake Hall (200m Butterfly) and Molly Lee (50m, 100m & 200m Breast pb), competing in their first senior regional events, all made the most of the experience with strong swims.
Other eye-catching pb swims during a heavy weekend of racing came from Oliver Newton (200m IM, 100m Free), Joseph Wells (200m & 400m IM, 50m & 200m Free, 200m Back), Ryan Sykes (200m IM, 100m Breast, 200m Free), Elise Sorrell (50m Back, 50m Free), Roxanne Uys (50m Back, 100m & 200m IM, 200m Breast), Matthew Addis (50m & 100m Free, 400m IM), Alex Florance (100m & 200m Breast).