SUDBURY'S top swimmers have had their best ever Suffolk swimming championships in terms of individual awards. From 216 individual swims, a massive 167 produced personal best times, the reward for hours of hard work. The jewel in the crown was undoubtedly 11-year-old Rebecca Warren, who won the 200m breaststroke in a time of 3.19.24, three seconds inside the Midland District qualifying time, and the 50m breaststroke with another Midland District qualifying time of 41.74. She finished runner-up in her age group category across a range of events and distances. 


The championships had a new format this year, and Sudbury finished sixth, just 13 points behind Stowmarket and 27 behind Deben. Category awards: 10-year boys: Stuart Hogger, ninth 11-year girls: Kelly Murray, eighth 12-year boys: Ryan Deal, sixth 12-year girls: Katie Kenny, fifth 13-year girls: Hayley. Murray, eighth, Victoria Aldhouse, ninth 14 year boys: Oliver Williams, fifth, Michael Welsh, twelfth 16 year boys: Thomas Williams, fourth, Ben Savory, 12th 16 year girls: Hannah Swift, 12th 17 year girls: Carlene Sansum, 12th Sudbury's more senior swimmers were also in fine form.


Victoria Kenny was on fire, setting a Midland District time in the 50m butterfly and earning 35 points from her various events towards the top club trophy. Darren Felgate, not long recovered from appendicitis, also produced a fine all-round performance, earning 26 points towards the club trophy. Individually the club achieved two first places, seven second and 13 thirds the best ever. The club is now preparing for the Midland District sprint and relay championships in May, followed by Sudbury's own two-day open meet in June.


The club is always on the lookout for new talent. If you think you can swim fast and are aged between eight and 11, call in at the Kingfisher Pool on Wednesday at 5.30pm and talk to any of the poolside coaches.