400m Freestyle Proving Popular


Swimmers continue to improve and the 400m freestyle seemed to be very popular with the Vikings at a gala hosted by the Norwich Swan Club at the UEA Sports Park

Toby Corfield won six gold medals and achieved a personal best in five events. In the 100m freestyle he took the gold by improving his time by thirteen seconds when he finished in 1:21.36. He won the event by a clear five seconds, defeating a field of seven more 11year olds.

Reuben Seaman, achieved four golds for the North Norfolk Vikings.and it was the longer distance event of 400m freestyle when the 11 year old completed the  16 lengths exhausted in 7:01.65. Ironically there were no other swimmers against him in his age group so Reuben’s opponent was the clock which he beat it by an outstanding eighteen seconds.

There were no medals.for Reuben’s 14 year old elder sister Esme, however, but there was considerable improvement right across the week-end. In the 400m freestyle, she improved by thirty six seconds the largest margin of improvement for the vikings over the competition when she finished sixth.in 5.51.45. Esme went on achieve three more personal best times in other events.

Emily Morton left a week-end of competition with a magnificent seven medals across a broad spectrum of events and already has established herself as an accomplished County Swimmer. Of the seven medals it was her silver in the 400m freestyle in which she was magnanimous. Emily completed the swim in 5:32.00 – only split seconds out side the gold and in a close race throughout. The 15 year old improved her time by eighteen seconds like Reuben did.

Rebecca Burrows of Rackheath had success in the 400m freestyle when she won silver in 5.44.79 and went on to achieved two bronze medals. The 200m backstroke (2.55.81)) and the 200m freestyle in 2.47.72 respectively. The Broadland High School student swam a personal best on each outing.

Maisie Fagen from North Walsham also improved when she went seven seconds better at the end of the 200m freestyle. The 15 year old finished in .2:43.45 to gain a silver adjacent to the bronze won by Rebecca in the same event

George Edridge from Tunstead claimed a silver medal over the 400m freestyle when the 13 year old finished in 5.30.56. and in the 200m, he achieved a bronze in 2.32.03 improving by ten seconds on both swims

Lily Dear of Moundsley won bronze for 100m breaststroke in 1:45.95 as the 10 year old improved by eight seconds but in the 200m event she reduced  her personal best by twenty seconds.finishing with 3:40.66 to claim her second bronze over the week end..

The team was also represented by Sam Morton, Zak Edridge,Bebe King, Grace Parker, Razvan Platon & Club Captain Jess Semark

Vikings won 10 Golds, 8 Silvers and 10 Bronze Medals, whilst there were 73 personal bests from 103 swims. A success rate of 71%.