Coaches Report-Midsummer Madness

Midsummer Madness Competition Report

On Saturday 8th July the Club took a team of fourteen swimmers to the City of Norwich Midsummer Madness Meet, a long course level 3 competition held at the UEA Sportspark. Packing three long sessions into a single day, the swimmers were under a great deal of pressure to perform in large number of races back to back, but rose to the challenge well, achieving a total of 57 personal bests out of 77 swims finishing in a medal position a total of 33 times, 14 of these being Gold, 10 Silver and 9 Bronze.

The morning session kicked of with the girls 200IM, both India Weston and Abi Gotts improving on their previous personal bests by three second each, Emily Haslam also swam a great race winning her heat by a large margin. 200m Freestyle being the next race where Dylan White finished second in his age group. Dylan also swam in the 50m Backstroke in the morning session achieving a personal best time as well as winning in his age group. Also in the same age group Ilor Gjoka won the 100m Breastroke, as well as finishing second behind Dylan in the 50m Backstroke. Mollie White and Abi Gotts also had two first place finishes in their age groups for 50m Breastroke, both achieving personal bests.

After a short break all the swimmers were back in for the second session, starting with the girls 200m Freestyle, with three girls racing, Abi Gotts, India Weston and Matilda Meyrick producing two golds and a silver, Abi and Matilda achieving personal bests. The girls also achieved three medals in the 50m Freestyle, Emily Haslam winning her age group and improving on her personal best by over a second. Not forgetting the boys, both Dylan White and Luke Babbs taking second place in their age group in the 100m Freestyle, Luke taking a second of his personal best. Ilor Gjoka finishing the session with gold in the 200IM.

The final session started with the girls taking part in the 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke events, 50m Butterfly had four swimmers taking part, Emily Haslam winning the 13 year category, Matilda Meyrick finishing 2nd in the 14 years and  over category, Abi Gotts swam a good personal best to finish 2nd in the 12 year category, whilst Leah Harris, Matilda Meyrick and India Weston all finished in the top six. The final event of the day was the 50m Freestyle with Dylan White finishing in second place and Luke Babbs finishing third, both boys having a great race despite being tired after a long day, and produced some excellent personal bests along the way.

This event marked the end of the 2016-2017 racing season and all the swimmers finished the season with a great set of results.

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Adam Crafer

Head Coach

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