West Norfolk Swimming Club’s elite returned to national level competition for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic at the Swim England National Winter Championships across the weekend of 3rd – 5th December.
Five West Norfolk swimmers qualified for the event, which was held across a short course (25 meter) pool at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield – the traditional home of British Swimming.
Leah Wightman contested both the 200 meter Backstroke and 200 meter Butterfly events, achieving a new personal best time in the latter to finish 37th of 59 competitors in the 16 years and under age group.
The women’s 50 and 100 meter Breaststroke events saw both Molly Lee and Sarah O’Brien in action. The pair finished 47th and 58th respectively from 173 entrants in the 50 meter event, with O’Brien achieving a new personal best time in the process.
Across the 100 meter distance, Lee swam a new personal best of 1 minute and 12.56 seconds to finish 56th in a 138 strong field, with O’Brien placing 78th.
Freddie Laws qualified for all three of the men’s Breaststroke events, placing 90th of 195 in the 50 meters; 64th of 136 in the 100 meters and 35th of 129 in the 200 meters.
A busy weekend for Nathan Wells saw him contest seven events, achieving new personal bests across the board. Highlights for Wells included 12th; 15th and 17th place finishes in 400 meter; 200 meter and 100 meter Individual Medley events respectively.
Picture: Back Row (Left – Right) Nathan Wells & Freddie Laws
Front Row (Left – Right) Leah Wightman, Molly Lee & Sarah O’Brien