** A fabulous weekend at the May meet, thanks to all that attended and helped out, we hope swimmers enjoyed their weekend. We look forward to you joining us next year **

County Champioships Report - Feb 2014

It is hard to do justice to all our swimmers in a short report but coaches and parents should be very proud that with 36 swimmers competing across more than 150 races there were less than 20 completed in a time that was not a personal best.

We must start with Jessica Shaw: 4 gold medals in her age group plus a silver and a bronze; appearances in four championship finals in which she finished no lower than third place; and several new all-time club records for her age group as well as two records (100IM and 50 breast) the fastest ever by a Southwold female regardless of age. A fine weekend’s work.

Three other swimmers achieved club age group records. Peter Rogers in the 50 free for 16 year olds; Jon Lowther in the 400IM for 14 years; and Amy Wilkins joining our club record holders also in the 400IM in which she won a gold medal for 17 year olds to add to her 50m bronze.

400IM looks to be a strong event for Southwold. In the 13 year olds, Henry Bennett and Beth Cox both swam huge PBs to earn a bronze and a silver respectively. Daniel Harding also completed this event for a bronze medal. We are checking the records but suspect this may also be a new club record as there is no trace that a 10 year old has ever swum it before!

Daniel won 3 silvers and another bronze over the two days and was delighted to be joined on the podium in the 200IM by his friend Sam Fry who won the bronze. Sam was our most improved young swimmer across all his events on the weekend.

James Webb was our first swimmer to compete on the weekend and came 5th in the 400IM – a nice way to celebrate your birthday! His training partners missed this event but Arno Turner looked very strong in the sprints and it was pleasing to see Junior Boys Captain Matthew Reeves returning to his best after a nasty shoulder injury.

Maria Jones also excelled over the shorter distances, winning a gold, silver and bronze in the 50 metre events. Maria (only 14) joined Jess in the backstroke championship race on Saturday and won further gold in the 100IM on Sunday.

Thea Stephens Tuffee won bronze in the 200 fly as did Emily Locke in a regional qualifying time. Emily also won a bronze for her age group in the 50 breast stroke, a feat matched by both Eleanor Aris and Ben Rawlins.

Perhaps the most pleasing feature of the weekend was the support the swimmers gave each other, notably for Maria and Jess in their finals but also for the younger swimmers in some of the more gruelling events.

If you feel you should have had a mention, let us know and we’ll make sure you don’t go unnoticed next time. After all, we reconvene at GL1 in less than a month to do it all again.

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