Swimmers impress at county level

Aylsham Vikings Swimming ClubTalented young swimmers travelled to Waterworld in Thetford to compete in the annual Norfolk County ASA Swimming Championships.

Aylsham Vikings Swimming Club

Talented young swimmers travelled to Waterworld in Thetford to compete in the annual Norfolk County ASA Swimming Championships.

Aylsham, one of the county's smallest clubs, achieved excellent results and should be extremely encouraged by this improvement in performance.

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Twenty-four swimmers competed at the championships (long distance events were held previously at the UEA Sports Park) and out of a total of 165 swims, 120 personal best times were achieved. The Aylsham club claimed 53 top six places of which five were county winners, with seven second places gained and seven thirds.

Adam Crafer, competing in the events for 12 year old boys, was the Vikings' most successful swimmer with first places in the 100m and 200m breaststroke and 800m freestyle. He also claimed second places in the 100m individual medley and 50m breaststroke with thirds in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle.

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Alex Witting, 14, can be satisfied that all her hard work in the training pool has at last been rewarded. She won first places in both the long distance events in her age group (800m and 1,500m freestyle) and achieved an overall third place in the 16 years and under category over the 1500m distance. Alex also claimed four second places (50m, 100m, 200m freestyle and 200m backstroke).

County representative Jessica Thorne also had a successful meet, gaining a second place in a highly competitive field in the girls 15 years 100m backstroke and a third place in the 50m freestyle.

Not only has there been a notable increase in the number of Viking swimmers achieving places in the finals, the club will also be represented at the East Region Championships later this year with several swimmers reaching the tough qualifying standard for the first time.

Congratulations to: Emily Bowyer (Girls 11 years 100m backstroke), Adam Crafer (Boys 12 years 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke), Jessica Thorne (Girls 14/15 years 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke) and Alex Witting (Girls 14/15 years 100m freestyle).

With so many talented young prospects emerging through the club's junior ranks, the future looks promising indeed for the north Norfolk club.

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