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West Norfolk swimmers represent club at British Championships

Five West Norfolk Swimming Club members represented the club at the British Summer Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

On the first day of the six-day event, Roxane Uys (19 years) raced a season’s best time in the 50m breaststroke to finish 14th, while Molly Lee (17 years) made the final with a time of 33.82.

Harry Sharp and Sam Rose. (3516866)
Harry Sharp and Sam Rose. (3516866)

Lee, who also competed in the 200m breaststroke on the second day, finished eighth in the final with a quicker 33.62.

Day four saw debuts for Freddie Laws (15 years) in the 200m breaststroke, and Lucie Peck (15 years) in the 1,500m freestyle.

Laws finished 17th in his event and Peck 16th.

Long-time club stalwart Nathan Wells took part in the 800m freestyle and 200m individual medley on day five.

Wells, a finalist in the 200IM event, notched up a British bronze medal in the 800m freestyle event.

He also put in great performances in the 200m, 400m, 1,500m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 400m IM events.

Molly Lee rounded her season off in style on the national stage, finishing in 13th place in the 100m breaststroke.

A number of members were also involved in the Swim England Open Water Festival, which incorporated the National Open Water Age Group Championships at Rother Valley Country Park.

Harry Sharpe (13 years) took 28 minutes 51 seconds to finish his 2km course to finish 22nd and, in the 3km race, Sam Rose (15 years) finished eighth in a time of 38mins 15 seconds.

Jenn Read (16 years) finished 21st in her age group with a time of 1hr 15min and 42 seconds in the 5kn distance.

Wells, swimming the open water event for WNSC, finished fourth in the 19 years and over event in a time of 1hr 1min and 24seconds.

It was then back to Ponds Forge for the Swim England National Summer Meet over five days.

Laws set a PB in the 200m breaststroke heat to earn a place in the final where he was fifth.

Uys delivered a PB in the 100m breaststroke heat, which she bettered again in the final to take bronze in a time of 1.13.38.

Sam Rose was 15th in the 50m freestyle before competing in the the 400m individual medley, where he set PBs in both the heat and final on his way to eighth spot.

Luke Bryan (18 years) was 13th in the 400m IM.

Lucie Peck swam a huge six-second PB in the 400m IM heat, and took a further four seconds off to finish in 5.06.58 for a coveted gold medal.

Day two saw Rose miss out on a place in the 200m freestyle final by 0.11 seconds and finish 11th before setting a PB in the 100m butterfly for 15th.

Roxanne Uys swam a massive four-second PB in the heat of the 200m breaststroke on her way to fourth.

Luke Bryan was eighth in the 200m breastroke final after setting a PB in the heat and was placed seventh in the 1500m freestyle with a time of 17.16.28.

Rose and Finn Ryan (19 years) both swam PBs in their 200m individual medley heats on day three, Rose earning a place in the final where he was eighth and Bryan was seventh in the 800m freestyle.

Lucie Peck was ninth in the 200m butterfly on day four with a PB and was sixth in the 800m freestyle the following day.

Rose claimed silver in a time of 26.84 seconds (PB) in the men’s 50m freestyle after also setting a PB in the heat.

Wells was 11th in the 100m freestyle and set PBs in the heat and the final of the 50m backstroke for gold.

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