West Norfolk swimmers have the golden touch at Splash and Dash Open Meet
A sizeable team of young swimmers from West Norfolk Swimming Club descended upon Norwich’s UEA SportsPark on Sunday to contest the “Santa’s Splash and Dash” Open Meet hosted by Diss Otters.
Under the watchful eyes of coaches Oliver Kenny and Matthew Addis, the team brought home a substantial haul of 40 gold medals between them – seven of them delivered single-handedly by Jamie Wilson.
Wilson put on a dominant display in the 12-year-old boys’ category, taking victory in each of the four strokes across the 100 metre distance and again in the 50 metre events for backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
Toby Turner, 9, was also a key contributor to the medal tally, securing five golds in total, whilst Polly Anderson finished first in the girls' 50 metre butterfly and 50 and 100 metre freestyle events for the same age group.
Harry Munro added another three golds to West Norfolk’s haul – doing so across the 50 metre butterfly and the 50 and 100 metre backstroke in the 11 years’ age group.
Further victories in the same age group came courtesy of Ned Steele (50 and 200 metre freestyle), Thomas Elsdon (100 metre freestyle), Belle Ringwood (50 metre butterfly) and Callum New (100 metre butterfly).
It was a similar story in the 13 year-olds' age group.
There were three gold medals for Wiktoria Marcinek (50 metre freestyle and 50 and 100 metre backstroke), two for Thomas Garnett (50 and 100 metre backstroke) and one for Kristina Sutika-Totlebena (100 metre breaststroke).
Samuel Liddell won both the 50 and 100 metre butterfly in the 10 year-old's age group.
The West Norfolk trio of Chloe Bellamy, Erin Woodrow and Nedas Tkacenko took a gold medal each amongst the 14-year-olds (100 metre backstroke, 200 metre freestyle and 100 metre freestyle, respectively).
West Norfolk’s older swimmers also enjoyed plenty of success on the day.
Harrison Smith (50 metre backstroke) and Esmie Kidman (200 metre freestyle) securing a win each in the events held for 15-16 year-olds.
In the open age group Katie Drew bagged three golds (50 metre butterfly and 50 and 100 metre freestyle) alongside Alex Bryan’s success in the 100 metre butterfly.