Stowmarkets four qualifying Juniors enjoyed a full programme of swimming with some superb results at Aspire 50m pool at Luton, where they were taking part in the East Region Long Course Swimming Championships for 14yrs/under over the Bank Holiday weekend. The four swimmers Izzy Barber , Sophie Lander, James Clay and Matthew Brown swam a total of 32 swims. 12 year old Izzy was making her debut qualifying and swimming 3 great swims all long course personal bests in 50m Free 31.88 and 100m Backstroke 1.17.84 with her 50m Backstroke putting her into a worthy 12th position in 35.37secs.
James (13yrs) was in top form over this 3 day event swimming a total of 7 events in his second regionals, and all swims were Long Course Pbs, James made 3 Finals, in the 200m IM he finished in a worthy 7th in a Final he didnt expect to make, In his favourite event 200m Breaststroke he stormed to take Bronze achieving a pb 2.47.86.Then in his 100m Breaststroke he went into the final ranked 7th and finished 4th just missing out on a medal in a very exciting and close final, but achieving yet another LC PB of 1.18.11.
Talented Sophie (13)swam in a total of 9 events, again achieving many LC PBs. Sophie also made 3 finals, in the 50m Freestyle sprinted to 7th place achieving a new long course PB of 29.33, Sophies favourite stroke is Backstroke this is where she had two very close finals , in the 100m Backstroke, Sophie stormed to Silver in 109.30 (PB) then in the 50m Backstroke she had a very close and exciting final finishing in Bronze medal position with yet another PB 32.28. Hopefully these two Backstroke times should be good enough to secure Sophie a place in the Summer English Natonals in August.
Matthew (13) also at his 2nd Regionals although last year he just had 3 Regional Times this year he has achieved eleven qualifying times and swam them all doing a great job and achieving many Long Course PBs and making 3 Finals in his No.1. stroke Butterfly. Matthew swam these very strongly building all the way and achieved 6th place in the 100m Butterfly in a PB time of 108.86, and in the 200m Fly Matthew had a great Final gradually catching, chasing and passing many of the other swimmers and swimming yet another PB 2.31.05 which was 8 secs faster than his heat time, this earned Matthew a well desrved Bronze Medal.
Well Done to you all , Stowmarket is very proud of you all.
Six of Stowmarkets finest 15+ years Swimmers qualified and competed at the Swim Englands East Regions Long Course Championships which was held at the UEA Norwich, 5th,6th,7th May 2018
Calvin (centre above)took a few hours out of his studying medicine and was pleased to achieve 2 lifetime pbs in 200m Breast and 200m Butterfly and achieve 8th place in the final with yet another pb.
William (left) swam well in 100m Breast, 100m F/s (pb) 200m Breast, 50m Breast, and made his first Regional Final in the 200mIM (pb)taking 7th place.
Manfred (centre) was in good form swimming in 9 events 50m Back 5th in Final , 100m Butterfly pb and Silver in the Final, good swims in 100m F/s, 200m Butterfly, 50m F/s,200m Back Bronze in Final ,100m Back=pb+ Bronze in Final, 50m Butterfly with big pb and another Bronze in the Final. Manfred is now looking forward to swimming in the British Championships and Swim England Championships in the Summer.
Lewis (right) Did a great job swimming in his first Regional Championships in 50m Breast , achieving a big pb.
Lija,(left) winner of the Gold for the 16yrs 50m Backstroke, this great swim should be a qualifying swim for British Summer Championships and Ella also swimming really well in her first Regional Championships she got 2 big pbs in the 100m Butterfly and 100m Breast . Well Done to you all.
Sorry there will be no swimming this Sunday Morning 13th May as we have over 55 swimmers competing at West Suffolk Meet this weekend, and most of the Coaches and Teachers will be there also. Sorry for any Inconvenience.
A young team of 8 to 12 year olds enjoyed an afternoon at Team Ipswich who hosted a Novice Gala.
For most of the Stowmarket swimmers this was their first Gala , Everyone had a great time, there was lots of personal best times, with lots of medal winners and everyone received a certificate.
For results click here
Sorry due to bad weather conditions, there will no swim club tonight(2nd March) for anyone, Any further closures will be posted here.
All swimmers enjoyed taking part in the exciting relay team events, which followed the skins event in which this year Stowmarket had the excitement of having both a girl and a boy take part with Calvin and Lija both swimming very well making their way through several rounds of this knock out competition.
The Mens open relay team Aaron, Lewis, Calvin and Manfred won Bronze in both Relays, very well done boys.
Congratulations to all swimmers that swam and to those that won awards at this years County Championships.
Very well done to all 34 swimmers who represented the club in a total of 198 Individual events, achieving 157 Personal Best Times, 72 Regional Times,with 57 Finalists in 50m and 100m events,plus swims in 200m and 400m Heat declared winner events, winning a total of 61 Medals.
We have two County Champions Congratulations to Aaron Lynch for winning 50m and 100m Breaststroke and Lija Radziunaite for winning 50m Backstroke.
A fantastic achievement with the club finishing in 5th position out of 13 clubs within the County.
Aaron with County and East Region Presidents. County Champion 50m and 100m Breaststroke.
What a fantastic day we all had at the Waltham Forest meet held at the Olympic Pool Stratford on Sunday 7th January 2018, this was a brilliant experience for all squad swimmers to swim in this magnificent 50m pool, and to have the opportunity to achieve long course times. Well done to everyone. We won lots of medals achieving 3rd place as visiting club, with Sophie winning Top Girl in the 12yr age group and Calvin winning Top Boy in the 16+ age group. A very memorable day for us all.
The Winter Regionals this year was Long Course in preparation for The Commonwealths next year. This was held at UEA Norwich over the weekend of the 4th and 5th November ,This is mainly a Senior Competition with one set of qualification times , Stowmarket had 6 swimmers who qualified and represented the club , 5 of the Top squad swimmers, Calvin Coe, Manfred Battle, Lija Radziunaite, Ella Dootson and William Handley along with S9 swimmer Bethany Levett. All six swimmers performed very well , with Ella swimming in the 200m IM in her first ever Regional competition, Manfred swam superbly in a total of 8 events and made 2 finals in Backstroke , Calvin swam in a total of 6 events including the timed Final for 400m I.M. with most of his swims he achieved Long Course Personal Best times so was happy with his performances, Lija swam 5 events and like Manfred made 2 Backstroke Finals , with a Super swim in her favourite event 50m Back stroke storming to claim a Silver Medal . Will joined us on the Sunday where he swam 2 good performances in the 200m IM and 200m Breaststroke. Bethany was also in good form on Sunday when she swam in the 50m Free and 100m Backstroke events winning a Silver and Gold respectively. Well done to you all.