The ASA East Region Championships, for youth swimmers age 15 and over, took place at the Luton ‘Inspire’ pool over the bank holiday weekend. Three days of racing saw the fastest swimmers from counties including Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Herts gather together to compete to be the fastest in their age group. There were swimmers representing over 30 clubs taking part, and the standard of swimming was extremely high.
Five swimmers from Great Yarmouth Swimming Club had achieved the challenging qualifying times, enabling them to compete in a number of events. All five of the swimmers came away from the championships having achieved something to be proud of, leaving the club proud of them too.
Joshua Wells was competing in the S14 category and had an outstanding gala. He won medals in all 5 of the events he competed in, gaining golds in the s14 50m and 100m freestyle, silver in the s14 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley and bronze in the s14 200m freestyle, showing determination and a competitive instinct throughout the weekend.
Honey Harvey demonstrated her talent for breaststroke by making the final in all three of the distances she raced: 50, 100m, and 200m with her top placing being an excellent silver in the 200m final after a confident swim, she also qualified for the final in the 200m individual medley.
Tommy Chandler showed some real form, swimming new long course personal best times in all but one of his events, (he competed in: 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 50m backstroke and 200m individual) and narrowly missed out on the final in the 200m breaststroke in a very tough age group.
Anna Duffield was competing in her first regional championships, and was pleased to come away having smashed her previous personal best times in both events that she swam in: the 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly, which was all the more impressive in that she only recently set those times at City of Norwich’s Easter Meet held at UEA Sportspark in April.
Grace Leech saved her best till last in the final event of the whole championship. She qualified for the 50m butterfly final, and then improved her heat time by half a second to pb in the final and finish in an impressive 5th place. She had also competed strongly in her other events: 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke and 100m breaststroke, over the three days of the championships.
All of the swimmers supported each other brilliantly throughout the weekend, and it was great for the club to have such a strong representation at this year’s regionals. Thanks to Head Coach Liam Harvey for being poolside for the whole weekend with the team.