Surge of new personal bests

PERSONAL BESTS: Seven of the nine West Suffolk Swimming Club swimmers who competed at the Suffolk County Championships achieved personal bests. Picture: Contributed
PERSONAL BESTS: Seven of the nine West Suffolk Swimming Club swimmers who competed at the Suffolk County Championships achieved personal bests. Picture: Contributed
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NINE swimmers from West Suffolk Swimming Club travelled to Norwich to compete in the first two weekends of the Suffolk County Championships, comprising 800m and 1,500m freestyle races and held in the 50m long course pool at the UEA Sports Park.

On the first weekend of competition, seven of the nine swimmers achieved personal best (pb) times for their events.

Casey Maggs swam first in the girls’ 800m freestyle, beating her short course (25m) entry time by 12 seconds followed by Molly Ollington, competing in the 13 years age group, who swam a two-second pb from her short course entry time.

Chloe Vail (15) swam a splendid 21 second pb to claim a bronze medal in the 15/16 years age group while Jen Titterington rounded up the girls’ swims with a silver medal.

In the boys’ 1,500m event, Myles Turner beat his previous pb by more than 30 seconds to win the gold medal in the 11 years age group before Daniel Orcutt swam a 12-second pb to pick up a bronze medal in the 13 years age group.

Thomas Buckle (14) swam to over a 30-second best time, with Patrick Briars (16) also gaining a 14-second best time. Danny Proffitt (17) competed in the final heat of the night, comfortably winning the 17 and over age group title.

In the second weekend of competition, Danny Proffitt, Thomas Buckle and Myles Turner represented West Suffolk SC in the boys’ 800m freestyle event.

Proffitt took control of his heat, winning the event overall with a long course personal best time of 8.41.95, Buckle swam a personal best time of 9.47.23 and Turner recorded a time of 10.04.36, beating his short course entry time by a large margin.

In the girls’ 1,500m event, Jennifer Titterington recorded an 11-second pb in a time of 17.46.83 to conclude another great weekend for West Suffolk SC swimmers.