National County Team Championships at Ponds Forge Sheffield October 2018
Great Yarmouth were once again delighted to have a representative selected to be part of the Norfolk County team, that travelled to Sheffield to take part in the National County Team Championships on 7thOctober. Ryan Webb was selected on the strength of his recent performances at backstroke, and joined the rest of the county’s fastest swimmers, ready to compete in this prestigious national event.
The competition is split into two divisions, with Norfolk currently being in division two. Swimmers compete in three age groups (age 12/13, 14/15 and 16/17) in individual 100m races and medley relays with a mixed canon finishing the whole event.
The international standard pool is large enough to be split into two 25m pools which means that both divisions can swim at the same time, with staggered starts between the two pools. This meant that the atmosphere was really exciting right from the start, with all teams dressed up in fancy dress (with additional face and body paint!) The Norfolk team were pirates and enjoyed hanging out their county flags. The competition opened with a parade from the team captains, with their team mates watching from the spectator’s area cheering and sounding loud horns!
Ryan swam in the 100m backstroke race for the 16/17 year olds with an entry time of 1.03.45 (which was a personal best time gained just 2 weeks before). Knowing he had some tough competition, he got a great start and pushed hard right from the go. The 1st 50m were really close with Ryan swimming them in 29.71 and turning in 5th place. He continued with great strength finishing his heat in 6th place, just over a second behind 1st place in a time of 1.01.43. This was another personal best time, which also had the bonus of gaining him a 2019 summer regionals qualification time.
Ryan also competed in the 4x 50m medley relay swimming the backstroke leg 1st for the team. He again swam a personal best time of 28.91 and the team came 6th in their heat.
Norfolk finished in 10th placed in division 2 out of 17 Counties which was their best position for many years. Well done Ryan and the Norfolk team.
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