For a small group of elite GYSC swimmers the Easter weekend was spent competing at the highly competitive level 1 gala hosted by City of Norwich at the UEA pool, instead of eating Easter eggs hidden by the Easter bunny.
The gala saw swimmers from clubs throughout the country taking part, along with a team who had flown in from Dubai. The level 1 element of this gala meant that only swimmers who had met the tough entry times were able to compete in this long course gala, which gave a chance to practice for regionals and improve their long course pbs, against some of the fastest swimmers in their age groups.
7 GYSC swimmers raced at various times during the three-day meet, and all the swimmers achieved some level of success, ranging from new personal best times, to making a final, or gaining a top 3 placing.
Honey Harvey was the most successful performer over the weekend, achieving 2nd place in both 50m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke, 3rd place in 200m breaststroke and 6th place in 100m freestyle. Grace Leech also put in a strong performance qualifying for the final in an impressive 4 events – 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke 50m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke. Kelsey Wilson had another storming swim in the 400m freestyle, jumping up the rankings to bag a 5th place in her age group, and swam some great times in her other events too.
Other swimmers who competed were Tommy Chandler, who qualified for the final in the 100m breaststroke; Ryan Webb – who got a particularly good pb in the 50m freestyle; Anna Pearce – who gained valuable long course experience and new pbs in her events and Anna Duffield who saved her best swim till last with a strong swim and new pb in the 50m butterfly.
Thanks go to Liam Harvey for coaching the team through this challenging meet, and well done to all the swimmers for representing GYSC so positively.