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RISING STARS: Sudbury swimming club's rising stars Rebecca Warren and Kelly Murray who were among the medals at the Suffolk county championships.


Newspaper Article - Suffolk Free Press - April 2000


THE Suffolk county swimming championships 2000 were staged over two weekends at the Crown Pools at Ipswich and they came to a glorious conclusion on Sunday for two 10 year-olds who were swimming for Sudbury Swimming Club. Rebecca Warren and Kelly Murray were competing in their first ever competition at this level and they lined up for the 50 metres breast- stroke heats against the top girls in their age category.


There were 18 of them drawn from clubs across the county from Haverhill in the south to Lowestoft in the north. Rebecca did well enough to go forward to the finals in a personal best time of 45.41 seconds... four seconds faster than her previous best and she qualified as the fastest in the Suffolk championship.

Kelly, although ranked 24th on submitted times swam a stunning 48.22 seconds heat, beating her previous best time by a staggering 11 seconds. She qualified for the final with the fourth-fastest qualifier in the heats.

Both girls were ice cool at the start, more than could be said for their parents and coach who were watching from poolside. From the start, Rebecca surged into an early lead and never looked like being overhauled as she stormed ahead to win the gold medal in a time of 45.63 seconds.Rebecca became the first 10-year-old from the Sudbury club to be a Suffolk Champion.


Meanwhile, Kelly swam a controlled first 25 metres and with ten metres to go was lying fourth. Then she seemed to move up a gear in the closing stages and produced a finish of championship standard to finish behind her club colleague. Kelly's second place earned her the silver medal in a time of 47.03 seconds, beating her heat time by a staggering eleven seconds.


In the men's open 100 metres backstroke event. Ashley Buck confirmed that he is still one of Suffolk's top swimmers with a fantastic swim that earned him the bronze medal after finishing in 1:00.84.

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