Winter League Round 1
The team travelled to Thetford for the 1st round of 200m swims, 30 events in total in which we recorded 18 pb’s, 3 club records & 3 more county times. The girls were in fine form winning 8 of their 15 events with 2ndplaces in 5 events, leading to a tie for the top spot with the Deben girls with 85 points. The team finished in 2ndplace overall with 148 points to winners Deben with 172. Thetford were 3rd with 110, Diss 4th with 103, Halstead 5th with 87, Lowestoft & Oulton Broad 6th with 53 points.
Wins on the night came from Alicia Demetriades (200IM & 200m Free), Lana Mo (200m Fly & 200m Breast), Olivia Sherred (200m Back), Fran King (200m Back), Ella Rides (200m Fly) & Fran Clark (200m Fly). In fact our girls made a clean sweep of all the 200m Fly events – well done girls! Tom Williams was the only male winner of the evening with 1st in the 200m Breast & special mention must go to young Oliver Dinnell, thrown in at the deep end & swimming 200m Fly for the 1st time ever. Oliver you did yourself, your mum & the club proud. Well Done!!
VW Cars Novice Sprint Trophy Gala
Invited by Newmarket SC to compete in this trophy gala was a new experience for the club and for many of our younger swimmers. Some 20 of the club’s swimmers made up the team with sisters Danielle & Maria Grumann together with Harry Harman representing the club in a gala for the 1st time. The evening was thoroughly enjoyable and ended with a parents race. Thanks to our willing volunteers Michael Fenner, She Hodgson, Martin Robertson & Michael Gray who represented the club in the final event of the night.
We had a very impressive tally of 35 PB’s, 9 x 1st places (Robert Halls, Adam Barrett, Fran Clark, Georgie Hodgson, Maria Grumann, Kate Hann & 3 from Connor Hume) and 2 county qualifying times (Robert Halls 50m Free, Georgie Hodgson 50m Fly).
Eventual winners were Ely with 187 points, 2nd place Saffron Walden 167 points with Sudbury just behind in 3rdplace with 162 points, Halstead & Newmarket tied for 4th spot with 157 points. We hope very much to be invited back to contest the trophy next year.
Full Team: Nathan Alexander, Adam Barrett, Fran Clark, Sam Clark, Emmy Fenner, Esther Gray, Danielle Grumann, Maria Grumann, Robert Halls, Kate Hann, Charlie Harman, Harry Harman, Georgie Hodgson, Connor Hume, Alfie Lawrence, Harry Moye, Molly Roberts, Rebecca Robertson
Newmarket Sprint Open Meet
The day after the VW Cars gala at Newmarket a few swimmers competed in the sprint meet and came away with pb’s, county times and a handful of medals.
Harry Milsom 11yr/U – Gold 100 Breast (pb), Gold 100 Free, Gold 100 Back
Christopher Greenhalgh 15/U – Gold 100 Breast (pb), Gold 100 Free (pb & county qt), Silver 50 Free (pb & county qt), Silver 100 Fly
Mollie Milsom 13/U – Gold 100 Back, Gold 100 Free (pb & county qt), Gold 50 Back (pb)
Fran King 15/U – Gold 100 Free, Gold 100 IM (pb & county qt)
National League Final Round
Who would have believed we had to travel to Eltham for all 3 rounds…… well it happened 2 years ago which some of the swimmers remembered well. This was make or break time for the team who were determined to challenge local rivals Halstead who beat us in round 2 & to ensure we retained our position in Division 2 for next year.
The team were in fine form recording a superb 15 x 1st places, the best tally in all rounds this year. Individual event wins came from:
Harry Milsom, Lana Mo x 2, Laurence Chalk, Nick Robertson, Ella Rides, Tom Williams, Orion Nichol, Fran King, Olivia Sherred
The 11/U Boys (Alfie Lawrence, Harry Milsom, Harry Moye & Orion Nichol) won both their medley & freestyle relays as did the 13/U Girls (Alicia Demetriades, Lana Mo, Gemma Rides & Olivia Sherred). The Girls 15/U relay team (Fran Clark, Fran King, Lana Mo, Ella Rides) continued their success in the medley relay by winning yet again to complete a hat trick of wins in all rounds despite losing Mollie Milsom for the final round due to illness.
PB’s came from Olivia Sherred (50 Back), Sam Clark (50 Back), Orion Nichol (50 Back & 50 Fly), Harry Milsom (50 Breast & 100 Breast), Nick Robertson (100 Back), Alicia Demetriades (100 Free), Harry Moye (50 Back), Kalum Brooker (50 Free) & Georgie Hodgson (50 Free) which was also a county qt – well done Georgie!
Final points for the evening saw the team finish in a very well deserved 2nd place with 287 points behind winners Greenwich with 312 points. This secured us 10th place overall in the division ahead of rivals Halstead!
Stowmarket No Frills Open Meet
18 swimmers travelled to Stowmarket at the weekend to compete in the last open meet of the year, one of the last opportunities to gain 2012 county times.
20 PB’s & 5 County Qt’s were recorded by:
Ryan Alexander (200 Free & 50 Breast), Harry Milsom (200 Free & 200 IM-County QT), Christopher Greenhalgh (200 Free & 200 Breast-County QT), Ella Rides (50 Back-County QT), Olivia Sherred (50 Free, 100 IM & 200 IM-County QT), Fran Clark (100 IM), Gemma Rides (50 Fly), Sam Clark (200 Back, 100 IM), Orion Nichol (200 Breast), Nick Robertson (50 Fly), Rebecca Robertson (200 Back) and Georgie Hodgson (50 Fly & 100 IM-County QT)
Special mention to Nick Robertson who gained a Regional QT for his storming swim the 50 Fly – Well Done Nick!
SUDBURY swimmers Thomas Williams and Vicki Buck tested themselves against the best swimmers in the country and yet again delivered outstanding performances, winning one gold and two bronze medals together with two new east region records.
Williams (25-29 year age group), competing in his inaugural National Masters competition, was first in action on day one at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, finishing sixth in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1mins 7.79secs, bettering his entry time by 1.56 seconds. In the 100m freestyle, the competition was fierce, but he acquitted himself well, finishing 18th out of 51 with a time of 57.20secs, and similarly in the 100m individual medley posting a time of 1min 4.98secs to finish in 14th spot. Williams finished the day with the first of his two east region records.
In the 200m breaststroke, despite finishing in fourth place, he clocked a time of 2.30.12 to pip his own record by 0.64 of a second. Saving his best swim to last, entering a time of 2.25.25 in the 200m butterfly, probably the most gruelling event for any swimmer. Williams was in sparkling form and powered past the opposition to win the gold medal comfortably and put the icing on the cake with a winning time of 2.19.17, breaking the previous East Region record by 6.74 seconds.
Vicki Buck (60-64 year age group), came to the competition not expecting to be among the medals, but buoyed by her performances at Newmarket earlier in the month, swam out of her skin to pick up two bronze medals. The first came in the 100m freestyle, recording a time of 1.28.72, knocking 1.58 from her previous best. Buck continued her good form in the 200m freestyle to win a second bronze, again posting a personal best of 3.08.18 — a 3.57-second improvement.
ASA East Region Masters Swimming Championships
Two of Sudbury &Storms Masters swimmers were in action at the ASA East Region Championships held at Newmarket Leisure Centre on Saturday October 1st 2011 and returned with a bag full of medals and an East Region record. Thomas Williams in the 25 to 29 year age group was in sparkling form winning the gold medal in the 200m Breaststroke setting a new East Region mark with a time of 2:30.76, lowering the previous record by just under 24 seconds!
Continuing his good early form, in a close fought finish, secured his second gold of the day winning the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 31.80. In the final session of the day, yet another gold medal swim in the 200m Butterfly with a time of 2:26.46, just short of the East Region record. Thomas is now setting his sights on the National Masters Championships at the end of the month and is confident he can lower his 200m Breaststroke record and set a new 200m Butterfly time. Thomas was pleased with his days’ work and feels his preparation is spot on leading up to the Nationals.
Vicki Buck (60-64 year age group) was restricted to freestyle events only due to injuries to her shoulder and knee, but nevertheless was in good form winning two gold’s, one silver and one bronze. In the opening event of the meet, the 400m Freestyle, she recorded a time of 6:46.64 finishing in third place to collect the bronze medal. She then went one place better in the 100m Freestyle clocking 1:27.69 to win silver. In the later sessions, she was delighted with two gold medal-winning performances as follows: 50m Freestyle with a time of 40.10 and the 200m Freestyle in 3:13.28. Vicki was delighted to win a medal of any colour right now, especially as her training has been restricted because of her injuries, but is really looking forward to swimming in the Nationals at the end of the month in Sheffield.