Swimmers Prepare for British Champs

Tuesday 16 April 2019

Six City of Norwich swimmers are making their final preparations for the British Swimming Championships and the British Para-Swimming Championships. Both events are in Glasgow with the British Swimming Championships from the 16th to 21st April and the Para-Swimming Championships from 18th to 21st April. The championships are the pinnacle of the British Swimming domestic calendar where places on British Swimming teams are contested. Our 6 swimmers have done exceptionally well to qualify and are looking forward to stepping up again in Glasgow.

2019 British Swimming Champs - City of Norwich Swimmers

Photo from left-to-right: Alex Pinniger (Head Coach), Nathan Woodrow, Owen Woodrow, Megan Pye, Jordan Catchpole, Sacha Thomas, Jessica-Jane Applegate

Sacha Thomas

Sacha Thomas, 15 years old, is enjoying a phenomenal season qualifying in 5 events. She will be competing in the 50, 100 and 200 metres freestyle and the 50 and 100 metres butterfly. Sacha has recently broken numerous Norfolk Junior and Senior records across multiple events in both 25 metre and 50 metre swimming pools.

Megan Pye

For Megan Pye the events are the 50, 100 and 200 metre backstroke. Megan is also swimming from strength to strength this season smashing Norfolk Junior and Senior records in all three of these backstroke events again in both short course and long course swimming pools.

Nathan Woodrow

Nathan Woodrow, 16 years-old, is looking forward to racing in his main events the 200 metres butterfly and the 400 metres Individual Medley. Nathan enjoyed an excellent competition in Sheffield 3 weeks ago making pb’s so everything is pointing towards a good championships next week.

The following week our Para-swimmers will be up in Glasgow aiming to set new pb’s and compete for the medals.

Jessica-Jane Applegate

European Champion Jessica-Jane Applegate goes in 5 events in the S14 classification for swimmers with a learning disability – 100 and 200 metres freestyle, 100 metres backstroke, 100 metres butterfly and 200 metres individual medley. Jessica-Jane is very experienced having competed at international level for 8 years straight.

Jordan Catchpole

Jordan Catchpole, European Silver Medalist, will also race 5 events in the S14 classification. Jordan made his international debut last summer in the European Championships in Dublin.

Owen Woodrow

Owen Woodrow completes City of Norwich’s line-up competing in the S8 classification which includes a number of different disabilities. Owen will compete in the 50 and 100 metres freestyle, 100 metres backstroke and 200 metres individual medley. Last weekend Owen won the Cerebral Palsy Swimming Championships in Nottingham in those events.

Head Coach Alex Pinniger said:

‘We are enjoying an outstanding season and these six swimmers are all very highly ranked in their age groups and classifications in Great Britain. We are all really excited and looking forward to the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow. These swimmers have trained very well through the winter, they are breaking pb’s and numerous records so we are looking to capitalise on our momentum in Glasgow.’

If you are interested in joining City of Norwich Swimming Club please contact Alex Pinniger alexpinniger@gmail.com


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