Stowmarket juniors make the club proud at weekend 2 of the Regional Championships


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.