West Norfolk Swimming Club members prepare for British Championships and England national meet
West Norfolk Swimming Club will be well represented at the pinnacle of the domestic swimming season.
Twelve representatives – the club’s biggest-ever contingent – will head to Scotland and South Yorkshire to compete against the cream of British swimming.
The British Swimming Summer Championships take place at Toll Cross, Glasgow, between July 23-28 and the home nations competition is being held the following week, as is the Swim England National Summer meet at Ponds Forge, in Sheffield.
West Norfolk Swimming Club head coach Sarah Vanderloo said: “This is a fantastic set of qualifiers for the club and is the result of the hard work and determination of the swimmers over the course of the year.
“I’ll look forward to spending a couple of weeks in Glasgow and Sheffield coaching and supporting my swimmers at these major competitions.
“I also hope to see at least two, three or maybe more of our swimmers qualify for the National Open Water competition when they compete at the East Region Open Water Championships at Whitlingham Broad, near Norwich, on Sunday.”
To qualify, swimmers have achieved times during a section of the season, ranking them among the very best in the country for their age group.
Six men from the West Norfolk club’s ‘Purple Army’, aged between 16 and 21, have qualified, as have half-a-dozen women, aged between 14 and 22.
Luke Bryan, 19, will race the 200m breaststroke in Sheffield while Freddie Laws, 16, will compete in the 100m and 200m breaststroke in Glasgow, then the 50m breaststroke in Sheffield,
Molly Lee, 18, has three British Championships races, the 50m, 100m, and 200m breaststroke and Sarah O’Brien, 22, will race 100m breaststroke in Glasgow and 50m breaststroke in Sheffield.
Lucie Peck, 16, has three swims in Sheffield – the 400m individual medley, 200m butterfly and 1500m freestyle – while brother Sam Peck, 19, takes his place in the 400m individual medley and the 800m freestyle.
Sam Rose, 16, has a 400m freestyle race at the British Championships and the 50m, 200m, 800m and 1500m races at the English meet, while Finn Ryan, 20, goes to Glasgow for the 400m individual medley and to Sheffield for the 200m individual medley.
Ellie Mei Shepperson, 16, qualifies in three events at her first National championships, racing 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke in Sheffield and Roxanne Uys, 20, is another breaststroker, competing over 50m in Scotland and over 100m in South Yorkshire.
Nathan Wells, 21, qualifies for nine events over the two weeks – 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle and 400m individual medley – in the British Championships.
Wells will then battle it out in the 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley at the English Championships.
The club’s youngest representative, Leah Wightman, 14, will race in the 200m butterfly at Sheffield, in what will be her first National meet.
The pool-based National competitions are rounded off with the Swim England Open Water National Age Group Championships on August 5, with qualifications possible through the Swim England East Region Open Water Championships at Whittlingham Country Park on Sunday.
This national event is due to take place at Rother Valley Country Park, Rotherham, however the venue may yet change.
Racing at the British and English Championships can be watched live online, via the stream available at: www.britishswimming.org and https://www.swimming.org/sport/swimming-live-stream/
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