Sunday 11 August 2019
Swimmers from the City of Norwich Swimming Club enjoyed an outstanding 2019 British Summer Swimming Championships claiming 9 medals. The competition was held in Glasgow at the Tollcross International Swimming Pool from 23rd to 28th July. Only the top-24 ranked British swimmers from each age group in each event are invited to the competition so it is an excellent achievement to swim at this competition.
Olivier Vedrenne competed in the boys 13 to 14 years age group. In the 200 metres breaststroke final, Olivier lead right from start and maintained his position throughout the race to win the gold medal and earn the title of 2019 British Champion. The Norwich School pupil also won silver medals in both the 50 metres and 100 metres breaststroke events narrowly missing gold by hundredths of a second. Olivier set new Norfolk Junior Records and big personal best times. In his other events at the championships Olivier placed 15th in the 200 metres individual medley and 16th in the 400 metres individual medley.
Sacha Thomas has made phenomenal progress this season qualifying for these championships for the first time. Competing in the 16 years age group Sacha made her first ever final at this level in the 50 metres butterfly. The final was very close and in a thrilling finish Sacha touched the wall first to win the gold medal and become 2019 British Champion. She made a big personal best time and set a new Norfolk County Record. Sacha, who attends Taverham High School also placed an excellent 5th in the girls 100 metres butterfly final. In her other events Sacha finished 11th in the 50 metres freestyle, 14th in the 100 metres freestyle and 15th in the 200 metres freestyle.
Paralympic and World Champion Jessica-Jane Applegate was in great form in Glasgow. Jessica claimed 3 gold medals in the para swimming events – 200 metres freestyle, 100 metres backstroke and the 100 metres butterfly. She also placed 5th in the 200 metres individual medley.
Jordan Catchpole, a European silver medalist, was also competing in the para swimming events in Glasgow. Jordan won a silver medal in his main event 100 metres backstroke and a bronze medal in the 200 metres freestyle. Jordan and Jessica are currently preparing for the World Para Swimming Championships in London next month from the 9th to the 15th September.
University of East Anglia student Daisy Hill specialising in the distance events raced in the girls 19 years and over age group. Daisy swam brilliantly to place 4th in the 5 kilometre open water competition, 6th in the 1500 metres freestyle and 8th in the 800 metres freestyle.
16 year old Nathan Woodrow had an excellent British Summer Championships having qualified in 6 events overall. In his best 2 races Nathan made the finals placing 7th in the 400 metres individual medley and 9th in the 200 metres individual medley. Nathan also placed 15th in the 200 metres butterfly, 16th in the 400 metres freestyle, 17th in the 200 metres freestyle and 21st in the 100 metres butterfly.
The City of Norwich senior girls relay team featuring Rikke Nagell-Kleven, Megan Pye, Jessica-Jane Applegate and Jana Spinner made the final placing 9th in the 4 x 100 metres freestyle.
19 year old Jana Spinner competing in her first British summer Championships swam a superb pb in the 50 metres breaststroke finishing in 12th and placed 13th in the 50 metres freestyle. University of East Anglia student Rikke Nagell-Kleven swam a fast 50 metres butterfly touching in 13th position.
Megan Pye, 17 competed in a double-band 17-18 years age group. Megan placed 19th in both the 50 and 100 metres backstroke and 20th in the 200 metres backstroke.
The youngest swimmer in the City of Norwich National Team is 12 year old Grace Greenhalf. In her first competition at this level Grace placed an exceptional 10th in the 2 kilometre open water event.
Other team members enjoying excellent British Summer Championships, Swim England National Summer Meet and Swim England Open Water include Charlotte Abramson, Tilly Anema, Ben Blowers, Ruby Greenhalf, George Grice, Harry Jones, Lily MacDonald and Owen Woodrow.
Head Coach Alex Pinniger said; “City of Norwich swimmers have excelled throughout this season. 3 swimmers winning 5 gold medals at the 2019 British Summer Championships including Olivier and Sacha claiming their first British titles and numerous swimmers placing in the top-10 is the icing on the cake. The swimmers, parents, coaches and volunteers are all very committed and these results are highly rewarding for everyone.”
If you’d like further information or to join the City of Norwich Swimming Club please contact Head Coach Alex Pinniger email@example.com
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