Swimmers storm to success

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West Suffolk Swimming Club celebrated 10 county gold and four regional gold medals in the Suffolk County and East Regional Open Water event.

The annual championships held at Whitlingham Country Park, on the outskirts of Norwich on Sunday, combine the two events with some excellent performances across a range of age groups for West Suffolk.

Of the Bury swimmers within the club, there were seven county champions, with two of those also claiming top spot in the region ahead of the national events beginning from the end of the month.

Charlie Wyatt took on the second longest distance of the day, three kilometres, and finished sixth overall in the men’s 13 to 16 age category while taking both the county and region titles in the 14 and under group.

Masters swimmer Iain Milligan secured first place in both the county and region in the 40 to 49 years category, while fellow master Laurel Greszler took gold in the county and silver in the region in the same age range.

In the 800m novice event, William Tozer won the county title in the 11 to 12 years category and also finishing third in the East Region.

Myles Lancaster (11/12yrs) came sixth in the county while Max Mitchell (15-16yrs) stormed to victory in the Suffolk county event and came third in the East Region.

In the women’s 800m event, Annabel Heywood (13/14yrs) took the county title and came fifth in the region.

The penultimate event of the day was the 1.5km event with 14-year-old Myles Turner dominating his 12-16yrs category, winning the county title by nearly three minutes while finishing second in the region.

An electrical storm and torrential rain forced masters swimmer Andrea Mitchell’s 1.5km race to be cancelled, along with the 5km event.

Next up for those that have qualified will be the National Age Group Championships in Sheffield at the end of July, the Open Water National Age and Youth Championships in Rother Valley Country Park at the beginning of August.

This is followed by the National Youth Championships at Ponds Forge International Pool.