Winter wonderland for West Norfolk duo in ASA nationals

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As 2015 draws to a close West Norfolk SC swimmers have been busy ensuring they finish the year on a high.

Nathan Wells and Natalie Coogans, who won multiple gold medals in their age groups at the ASA Summer Nationals this year, were competing in their first senior competition at the ASA Winter Nationals in Sheffield.

The event was the conclusion of the short course (25m pool) season in Great Britain and saw many British records tumble as the country’s best swimmers continue their journey towards Rio 2016.

Wells kicked off his five events with a personal best time of 2.03.95 and 33rd place in the 200m Backstroke which gave him a taste of the competition and he went from strength to strength. Later in the morning he swam a three-second pb in the 400m Freestyle 3.55.01 which qualified him for the B final that evening where he finished 7th.

The second day of competition saw Wells swim the 400m Individual Medley where he continued his fine form with a six-second pb 4.26.91 and qualification for the B final. Coogans swam her first event of the meet, her favoured 200m Breaststroke with a fine swim that also saw her join Wells for the finals session that evening. Swimming in successive races both swimmers improved their rankings with Wells finishing 8th and Coogans 6th in 2.31.25.

The final day of racing for the West Norfolk duo continued in the same vein. Wells swam a pb of 59.21 in the 100m IM to finish 36th, Coogans swam 1.11.25 in the 100m Breaststroke just off her best time to finish 28th. Wells concluded his meet with a fantastic swim in the 1500m Freestyle which earned him a 17-second pb of 15.40.05 and 16th place.

Just down the road another group of 18 swimmers spent the weekend embracing some Christmas fun and racing hard at Chesterfield. Highlights from the weekend were respective third and fourth place finishes in the 200m Butterfly for brothers Alex and Jake Hall, sixth in the 200m Backstroke for Joseph Wells and third for Astrid Hubbard. Ryan Sykes swam to third in the 200m Breaststroke as did Rosie Muspratt who also achieved her Regional qualifying time, the first of three she gained over the weekend.

Jenny Read finished fourth and Natalie Warnes 6th in the 400m Freestyle. In the 100m Breaststroke Sykes finished second, Wells and Elise Sorrell 5th.

In the 50m Backstroke Astrid Hubbard finished fourth in a Regional qualifying time and Chloe Sorrell third. The 50m Breaststroke was fruitful, as Muspratt swam to the silver medal and her second Regional qualifying time, Elise Sorrell fourth, not to be outdone Sykes finished second and Joseph Wells fourth in the boys finals.

Muspratt earned her final Regional qualifying time in the 400m IM finishing fourth with Jenny Read 5th, in the boys event Joseph Wells swam to the silver medal with Jake Lammas 5th.

Oliver Newton won the first gold medal for West Norfolk in the 100m Butterfly dropping under one minute for the first time, Read was 6th for the girls. Sorrell sprinted to second in the 50m Freestyle. In the 100m Backstroke finals, Rachael Johnson was 5th, with sisters Chloe and Elise Sorrell earning fourth and 5th place respectively in the older age group.

In the 50m Butterfly Oliver Newton won gold again with Joseph Wells fourth and Read 5th. Sykes and Wells rounded off 2015 for the West Norfolk Swimmers with fourth and 5th place in the 100m IM.