Friday, March 18, 2011

Swimming: More Stowmarket joy at county championships

Weekend wonders: Some of the successful Stowmarket SC members.

The second weekend of the county short course championships saw the first medal for Stowmarket Swimming Club go to Calvin Coe, winning bronze in the boys 12yrs 200m breaststroke in a PB of 305.35s. 
This was quickly followed by a silver for Rob Lancaster in the same event, coming home three seconds ahead of the third-placed swimmer. 
Ryan Clay tried to get on the podium for the 15/16 boys with a good three second PB, but missed at the end losing out by 0.2 secs, but this was offset by having achieved a good Eastern Region Championships qualification time.
William Blackaby kicked his weekend's medal haul with a silver in the 17yrs 50m freestyle, while the girl backstrokers, Chloe Long and Ellena Skoulding, received a silver and bronze medal in the girls 11yrs and 12yrs 50m back respectively, each getting a good PB, Chloe knocking over a second off to get 35.83, while Ellena dipped under 40 seconds for the first time with 33.98secs.
The boys 400IM saw Calvin Coe produce a four second PB to take bronze in the 12yr group, while in the 13 yrs age group Rob Lancaster swam an astounding 21 seconds PB to take silver in 5.21.72.
Toby Upson in the 14yr age band also swam a good race, bettering his previous time by 13 seconds (5.14.50), but lost bronze by a blink of 0.08seconds.
Ella Delves was the only Stowmarket finalist in the girls' 100m breaststroke but came away with a well deserved silver in a time of  1.24.08 for the 16 yr age group.
Liam Kerry reduced his best time in the 100m backstroke by three seconds to take the boys 13yrs silver medal in 1.10.78 and Will Blackaby managed the same feat, taking three seconds from his entry time, to take silver for the 17 yrs age band in 1.00.30.
In the  following 200m 9 yr old William Debenham produced a good swim to take nine seconds off his previous best time to make a  time of 3.30.37, while  Liam repeated his three second PB reduction in the backstroke, taking a bronze medal in 2.31.51s. William Blackaby did not need a PB to cruise home in first place for the 17 yr boys  and take top podium spot.
Flying finish: Ryan Eagles on his way
to bronze in the 50m breaststroke.
Chloe Long and Ellena Skoulding both achieved good PBs in the Girls' 200m freestyle, but the biggest reductions went to the 9yr olds with Amy Davies and Bethany Skoulding making reductions of eight and 10 seconds respectively.
The Boys gained some good medals in the 50m breaststroke finals. First up was Ryan Eagles. A very happy 9 yr old Ryan swam a good race finishing very strongly, overhauling the next two swimmers  on the second length to take the bronze medal in 51.08. Robert Lancaster swam equally as strong to take silver for the 13 yr olds ahead of the bronze position by two seconds in 35.88 secs. This was repeated by Toby Upson taking bronze for the 14yr age (35.62) and Ryan Clay in the 15/16 age group (34.12s  and another East Region Qualifying time).

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