Coaches Report October 2017

The weekend of the 29th of September/1st October gave stage to both Cambridge & Dereham to host the start of the 2017/2018 competition season for the Vikings  swimmers, all stepping up to challenge after an anxious wait, all achieving some good solid results, as well as PB times and medals.

The Cambridge open was a level 2 meet attracting clubs from all over the uk. The competition was incredibly tough with times achieved over the weekend being of a very high standard. The morning session began with the 200 freestyle events for both the girls & the boys.

Dylan White finishing in a time of 2:44.93 achieving 9th in his age group, Abi Gotts finishing 12th & Immy Horne Morris 17th. There was a short break before the second session started. Both Dylan White & Illor Gjoka were swimming next in the 100 freestyle both achieving a personal best time. Bethany Toyne, up next in the 200 backstroke & swam a great race swimming consistently and showing a  massive improvement to her stroke & underwater work of each wall to finish in 10th place in her age group and beating a previous PB by 3 seconds, proving that all the hard work on her training in previous months does pay off.

Other sessions included the girls 100 fly, taking part was Mollie Smith & Alanya Shaw finishing 26th/35 & 37th/51 respectively. Abi Gotts also had a good race in the 50 Breastroke equalling her PB & finishing 32nd/78 swimmers in the 11-14 years of age category.

Moving into the afternoon session, seven of our girls began with the 50 freestyle event six  finishing close to their PBs, Bethany Toyne achieving a personal best by almost half a second. Later Ilor Gjoka swam a great 100 breastroke narrowly missing out on a medal in the 11 years of age group.

Towards the end of a long day it was the turn of the girls to compete in the 200 breastroke, up first was Abi Gotts, swam a great race to finish 2nd place in her heat with a PB of 3:09.34 placing her 7th in her age group, Mollie White followed finishing 9th in her age group.

Day two setting the scene for some great swims from the team, Dylan White winning a medal in the boys 100 backstroke. Abi gotts also secured a top six finish in the 100 breastroke. Mollie Smith faced a tough challenge in the 200 fly showing real determination. Emilly Haslam also swam a good race leading her heat &  equalling her PB from last season in the 100 freestyle.

Also on the same Sunday there were ten Vikings competing in the annual Iceni meet Hosted by Dereham Otters, due to the event being oversubscribed our swimmers were limited to the events they were able to take part in. however they were determined to make the most of the day, producing some great results as well as ten medals.

In the junior section of the club, Raphaelle Horne Morris achieved personal bests in all her events. Sophie Mckee also had a great day improving on her previous 100 freestyle PB by 12 seconds, Natalie Claxton also taking 8 seconds of her previous 100 freestyle. The PBs didn’t stop there, Billy Life achieving PBs in all of his events improving on his 200IM time by 8 seconds.

A special mention for Leah Harris, achieving her first regional ,time in the 200IM also producing PBs & medals in all of her remaining events.

I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate Tilly Meyrick & Emilly Haslam who represented Norfolk at the National Inter counties competition held at Ponds Forge Sheffield on Sunday 8th October, this is an annual competition represented by every county in the UK. Both girls raced well in their respective age groups, Tilly Meyrick competing in the 100 backstroke going out hard & splitting in 31.52 turning well Tilly really attacked the second 50 to touch in 1:04.61 finishing 16th/37 in the 14/15 years of age group taking over a second of her previous PB. Continuing with her form Tilly led the team out on the first leg of the Medley breaking the 31.00 seconds for the first time.

Emilly Haslam Anchored the girls in the 12/13Years of age group for the medley relay team & splitting in a 29.81with her team finishing 11th/17 overall

To Summarise, North Norfolk Viking’s should be really proud of their achievements at both events & look forward to continued improvement. Well done to all.

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