There was a positive start to the 2019 Norfolk County Championships for the GYSC swimmers. Last weekend saw the distance events taking place (at the UEA Sportspark) with boys being able to compete at the 800M and girls at the 1500m for the first time, alongside the usual 800m girls and 1500m boys events. Jack Tate took on the challenge and competed for the first time at 800m and swam a confident race, with even splits and a strong last 100m. He placed 5thin his age group. Bethany Gordon was also taking on the 800m for the first time at county level and swam a brilliant race – achieving a massive pb of nearly 23 seconds! She also placed 5thin the county for her age group.
On Saturday 26thJanuary it was a busy day of racing with some great swims and excellent results for the GYSC team. Special mention has to go to Ben Every who has recently been warmly welcomed into the GYSC squad. On a fantastic day of competing, he achieved an impressive top 3 finish in all the events he raced. Starting as he meant to go on, he took a confident gold in the 200m free. He qualified fastest for the boys age 10/11 50m breaststroke, but was just pushed into bronze in the final. He came back fighting though and took a great gold in the final of the 100m backstroke, and in perhaps his most impressive swim took gold in the 200m IM, finishing a massive 16 seconds faster than the silver placed boy. What a day!
Other success included having 5 boys all reach the finals in the 100m backstroke – clearly a strong event for GYSC! For Jack Tate, Oliver Grimmer and Ryan Webb it was the first time they’d reached a county final – so a real achievement. Jack had qualified 6thfastest, just ahead of team mate Harvey Larner, but in the final Harvey pulled out a strong performance moving him up to 4thplace overall, with Jack a creditable 7th. Oliver qualified in 6thand improved in the final finishing in 5thand Ryan – competing in the extremely competitive age 16+ category swam a strong race to finish 4th, just outside the medals.
Amelia Dibble continued the 100m backstroke good form, making the final for the girls age 12 category, finishing 8th. She also finalled in the 50m breaststroke, again finishing in 8thposition. Tommy Chandler also reached the final in the age 16+ 50m breaststroke. After a bit of a slow start, Tommy powered up the pool, reeling in the other swimmers and qualifying for the final in a great new long course pb time. He placed 8thin the final.
Medal winners for the girls were Jasmine Coleman who took a great silver in the gruelling 200m butterfly, an event that she continues to improve in and in her favourite stroke. Anna Pearce also showed strength and determination in the same event, in the girls age 15 category where she took bronze.
There were many other fabulous personal bests, and gutsy swims throughout the day, especially by late afternoon where the heating at the pool had failed, so the temperature was dropping just as swimmers were getting tired, adding an extra challenge. Ruby Rowland, Emma Land and Ava Patterson were all competing at their first county championships, so congratulations to them. Megan Smith, Zoe Land and Brad Secker all achieved impressive new pb times in the 50m breaststroke, swimming the long course race faster than their short course qualifying times – not an easy thing to do. Skye Nichols’ 100m backstroke also deserves a mention, again, she beat her short course qualifying time and swam with real determination. Well done to Rhys Jarvis, Alyssa Greenall, Grace Turner and Anna Duffield who also competed. Thanks to the coaching team for all their support (and tweets – follow us on twitter at @GYSwimmingClub) and the volunteer officials without whom these galas could not take place.
Sunday’s racing was postponed due to the heating failure and so will now take place on Sunday 10thFebruary.