North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club had a record number of entries for its annual club championships at the Victory pool in North Walsham.

There was an exciting finish in the 100m freestyle when Louis Goultry won by a fingertip, finishing in 59.20 ahead of second-placed Isaac Buchan with 1:0123 with club captain Ashley Jones taking third in 1:03.63.

The 200m freestyle did not disappoint either. In front of a packed house of spectators, Louis and Isaac went head to head again. Lewis was the early pacemaker but Isaac came back on the last 75m to record the faster time of 2:13.85 from Lewis' 2:18.16.

North Norfolk News: Lily Dear and Grace Parker, both 11, came away with 11 golds between themLily Dear and Grace Parker, both 11, came away with 11 golds between them (Image: Viking club)There was a tussle for first and second place between Lily Dear and Grace Parker in their respective age group over the 50m freestyle. It was Lily who won by a split second in 36.22 from Grace's 36.62. 

This proved to be the most popular event of the championships attracting 18 competitors. The two 11-year-olds came away from the championships with 11 golds between them.

 It was five wins in a row for 20-year-old Senior Leah Harris who broke 30 seconds for 50m freestyle in 28.93. 

North Norfolk News: Emilia Sequeira-Reis had an outstanding run of results at the championshipsEmilia Sequeira-Reis had an outstanding run of results at the championships (Image: Viking club)Leah then completely dominated the 100m Individual Medley in 1:09.91 proving what an excellent athlete she is. Meanwhile, the race was still on for the consolation places when club captain Jess Seamark touched in second with 1:29.45 and Rebecca Burrows third in 1:29.68 respectively.

 Emilia Sequeira-Reis' endeavour was simply outstanding. Although she did not medal the 11-year-old also swam five events. 

The 50m backstroke in 1:07.10 100m freestyle in 2:10.78 and 200m breaststroke in 5:18.11 to highlight just three.

Afterwards, a Viking spokesperson said: “Emilia is just one of many in the development squad who have progressed over the last year and it epitomises the commitment from Emilia and others which is very encouraging. The club now has a waiting list to join our development squad.”

Report by John Holden