Success in County Championships

Our brilliant County squad

North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club is celebrating success in the British Gas County Championships 2013, held at over four weekends in February and March.

An incredible 89 personal best times were smashed by the young Vikings swimmers, making this year’s County Championships a landmark event for themselves and the club.

Twenty seven club swimmers entered 132 swims and managed to get through to 24 finals in total and achieved 44 top sixes. Seven swimmers were placed first in their heats, five were placed second and eight were placed third.

Among the Vikings stars were 15-year old Emily Bowyer from Cromer who won her 50, 200 and 400 metres Freestyle, and 50, 100 and 200 metres Backstroke events.

Adam Crafer, 16, from Aylsham, brought home the silverware for the Men’s Open 200 metres breaststroke.

The Vikings’ Head Coach, Chris Searle, said: “The Club is really proud of all 27 who managed to swim County qualification times and take part in this year’s Championships. We had a number of first timers at the County Championships this year, so we have new blood coming through the ranks to keep the Vikings in contention.

“We have recently restructured our squads to reflect difference levels of ability and our intensive training with the Performance Squad is paying off.”

Other results in the County Championships show an impressive performance by the Vikings:

Hannah Cooper, 13  3rd in the 9yrs and over 50m Freestyle, 4th in 11yrs and over 100m Free, 5th in 9yrs and over 50m Backstroke, 5th in 11yrs and over 100m Butterfly, 4th in 9 and over 200m Free, and 5th in Girls 12yrs old and over: 400m Individual Medley.

Mollie Smith, 12    6th in the 11 yrs and over 100m Breaststroke, 6th in the 9yrs and over 50m Free, 5th in the 9yrs and over 200m Butterfly, 5th in the 9yrs and over 200m Individual Medley and 5th in the 11yrs and over 100m Free.

Katie Whitting, 17            3rd in the 9yrs and over Girls’ 50m Breaststroke, 5th in the 9yrs and over 200m Breaststroke and 6th in the 11yrs and over 100m Breaststroke.

Emily Bowyer, in addition to her six wins, was placed 2nd in the 11 yrs and over 100m Free, 6th in the Girls’ Open 50m Back, and 6th in the Girls’ Open 100m Back.

Thomas Curtis, 11           5th in the 9 yrs and over 50m Back.

Adam Molloy, 10   6th in the 9yrs and over Boys’ 50m Back.

Adam Crafer, in addition to his 200m win was 6th in the 100m Back.

Head Coach Chris Searle was placed 3rd in Boys’ 50m Free, 2nd in Boys’ 50m Open Free, 3rd in Boys’ 50m Breast and 5th in the Boys’ Open 50m Breast.

North Norfolk Vikings hold club swimming six days a week at the Victory Swim and Fitness Centre in North Walsham and at Aylsham High School.

The club is opening its books to new swimmers too – or non-swimmers who want to take the plunge and learn to be safe – and have fun – in the water. The Vikings have space in their weekly Learn to Swim sessions and Improver sessions held during term time at Cromer and Aylsham.

For further details, phone Kirsty Smith on 07900 145866  or email

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