City of Norwich Easter Meet Report

Seven swimmers from Great Yarmouth Swimming Club competed in the City of Norwich Easter Meet that took place over the Easter weekend. This was a highly competitive level 1 long course gala – meaning that the olympic distance 50m pool was being used for the races. Swimmers from clubs all over the country attended, seeking to improve their long course rankings ahead of regional and national competitions later this year.


The strong competition brought out the best in some of the Great Yarmouth swimmers however. Ryan Webb had an excellent weekend, with some outstanding swims throughout the gala. He swam new personal best times in all the events he entered, and in the process earned winter regional qualification times for the 50m backstroke (30.49), 100m backstroke (1.06.13) and 50m freestyle (26.82). He also reached the finals in the 50m backstroke and 100m backstroke, in which he just missed out on a medal, a huge achievement at such a high level gala. Ryan has worked very hard to gain the tough qualification times, and his dedication has been justly rewarded.  Harvey Larner also swam brilliantly, smashing his 50m freestyle pb to take bronze in 31.50 seconds, a great result that gives him his first regional qualification time. Jasmine Coleman showed her talent for butterfly, with a great new long course pb time in her 50m event, and went one better in the 100m butterfly by swimming a fabulous 1.21.82 which also gave her her first regional qualifying time.


Other notable performances included Anna Pearce, who also pb’d all of her events, including the gruelling 400m IM in which she took an excellent 4th place in her age group. Jacob Zandbergen is finding excellent form at the moment, and also swam new long course pb times in his 4 events, and Amelia Dibble continues to get faster and faster, swimming an impressive new pb time in the 50m freestyle and gaining valuable long course experience whilst doing it.  Kelsey Wilson and Tommy Chandler also competed in the gala, swimming in tough age categories, they represented the club well and did strong swims over the course of the weekend.


Well done to all the swimmers who participated and thanks to the coaching staff, supporters and volunteers.