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.
Manfreds second week of Competition brought us back to Sheffield for the English National Championships 2017
His first swim was 50m Free in which he went into the heat ranked 17th with an entry time of 26.13, he did a great pb of 25.67 placing him 4th into the Final where he produced another pb finishing again in 4th with a 25.33.
The next day was his 50m Backstroke, entering the heat with a time of 29.59 , another pb of 28.96 in the heat placed him 4th, in the Final Manfred did yet another pb 28.77 finishing 6th.
Then came the event Manfred was not looking forward to the 200m Butterfly , however Manfred rose to the challenge swimming yet another pb of over 1 .5 secs finishing in 7th with a time of 2.19.29, Manfred decided he was happy with this time so chose not to swim it again in the Final but to save his enegy for the 50m Butterfly the next day. This proved to be the correct decision especially as by now Manfred was getting tired it was now 12 days since he had first swam at the British Championships.
The start sheet for the 15 yr olds 50 Fly showed some very close racing with only .22 of a second between the fastest to slowest so a perfect start and fast transisision where crucial. Manfred finished his heat ranked 1st with another pb of .4 of a second 27.29. The Final was very exciting and of course nerve racking as we had seen so many good performances over the last 2 weeks from Manfred but no Medals. This was his last chance, and he took it, storming the closely fought final into 3rd position in yet another pb of 27.08 a fantastic achievement and so deserving of a Bronze Medal.
Manfred works so hard in training and I am so pleased that he has had so much success over the past 2 weeks at both the British Championships and National Championships, he qualified by Invitation in a total of 7 events, from which he qualified for finals in 5 events, swam a total of 11 events and achieved a total of 10 personal best times. I am obviously very proud of Manfreds achievements and hope that the younger members of the club will be inspired by his brilliant performances.
Manfred and Lija have just returned from Sheffield after some great performances,
15 year old Lija swam the 100m Back finishing 20th with a 1.07.59 and then Improved her performance in her preferered distance of 50m Backstroke qualifying for the final with a 30.35, In the fnal Lija did a fantastic start sprinting to a Bronze with a surperb swim in 29.92
15 year old Manfred had qualified in three events, he started off also with 100m Backstroke which he swam strongly finishing in 17th with good pb of 1:02.17. His next swim was 100m Butterfly in which Manfred showed great strength, technique and determination qualifying for the final with a pb by one and a half seconds of 59.21, in the final Manfred had a brilliant start and powered to 6th position with yet another pb of 58.97, then it was 200m Backstroke which again he showed fine form and strength finishing in 14th in 2.15.47
This Wednesday Manfred returns to Sheffield for the English Nationals.
Happy Finalists finishing 5th out of 15 Teams
On the weekend of 24th /25th June, 14year old Bethany Levett travelled to Sunderland to swim in the National Junior Para Swimming Championships 2017 in the S9 Classification.
This is part of the English Federation of Disability Sport, and she did us proud. winning a set of medals.
100m Freestyle 1st winning Gold in 128.54, 100m Back 2nd winning Silver in 1.41.56 ( 2 sec pb) and 200mIM 3rd winning Bronze in 4.06.58 (11sec pb) Well Done Bethany.
Over the two bank holiday weekends there were nine swimmers who had achieved qualifying times to represent the club.
Weekend one at Luton was for the youth and senior swimmers, we had great performances from William Handley , Manfred Battle, Calvin Coe, Lija Radziunaite and Bethany Levett, with lots of Finals and Manfred winning Bronze in 200m Back , Lija storming to victory in both 100m and 50m Backstroke taking Gold, and Bethany winning Gold in the 100m Freestyle S9 Classification.
Weeekend Two we were at UEA Norwich with the four Age group qualifiers , Matthew Brown, James Clay , Sophie Lander and Evie Prager,
This was the first Regionals for all four swimmers,they all swam really well achieving long course Pbs and very good performances.
12 year old Sophie was delighted with her Bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle and Silver in the 50m Backstroke.
Well Done to you all , Great swimming , you make Stowmarket S.C. very proud.
Stowmarket Mayor Barry Humphreys and his wife present a cheque for £500 to club president Bobbie Wilson (right in white)and club chair Linda Curran-Spain (left) along with swimmers to help towards financing the new timing equipment recently purchased. We are very grateful to Stowmarket Town Council for its very generous grant and continued support given to the club.
Stowmarkets Success at County Championships 2017
Very Well Done and Congratulations to County Champions
Calvin Coe 200m Butterfly
Aaron Lynch 50m Breaststroke
Congratulations to all 30 swimmers that achieved County qualification times and have done a superb job swimming over seven sessions of the County Championships, we have achieved over 110 Personal Best times, and so far we have achieved a total of 42 Regional times
We have won
17 Gold Medals
- Lija x 5
- Manfred x 5
- Sophie x 5
- Aaron x 1
- Calvin x 1
12 Silver Medals
- Lija x 2
- Manfred x 4
- Sophie x 4
- Calvin x 1
- Ella x 1
11 Bronze Medal
- Lija x 4
- Manfred x 3
- Sophie x 2
- William x 2
Congratulations to following swimmers for achieving Regional times
- Evie Prager – 50m Free (first ever Regional time)
- James Clay – 50m Breast 200m Breast (first ever Regional times)
- William Handley – 50m Breast 200m Breast 200m IM
- Sophie Lander -50m Free 100m Free 50m Back 100m Back 200m Back 50m Fly 100mFly (first ever Regionals)
- Calvin Coe – 50m Breast 200m Breast 200m Fly 200m IM 1500m Free
- Lija Radziunaite – 50m Free 100m Free 200m Free 50m Back 100m Back 200m Back 50m Breast 50m Fly 100m Fly 200m IM
- Manfred Battle 50m Free 100m Free 200m Free 50m Back 100m Back 200m Back 50m Breast 100m Breast 200m Breast 50m Fly 100m Fly 200m Fly 1500m Free
- Aaron Lynch 50m Breast
For full Stowmarket results