West Suffolk clinch the overall title on own patch

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The final rounds of the Suffolk Winter League competition proved successful for West Suffolk Swimming Club, who clinched the overall title.

West Suffolk were competing on home ground in the A final against Stowmarket, Lowestoft and Oulton Broad as well as two Deben teams.

The West Suffolk boys were carrying over a slender four-point lead from the previous round over Stowmarket and the girls a healthier 32-point lead over Deben A with, including relays, an overall club lead of 57 points.

The evening got off to an ominous start when both Molly Ollington and Danny Proffitt were narrowly beaten into second place by Deben swimmers in the open 100m individual medley (IM) events.

However, Chloe Jeane Parsley beat the Deben swimmer by an equally narrow margin in event three and this set the scene for some gritty West Suffolk performances.

Out of 43 events, West Suffolk achieved 20 first and 15 second places.

Special mention must go to 13-year-old Jordane Sillitoe, who stepped in at the last minute to produce a two-second pb and first place in the 50m butterfly event.

On the night, West Suffolk walked away with the round three girls’ trophy, but the boys were beaten into second place by a strong Stowmarket team.

However, in the overall competition, both West Suffolk girls’ and boys’ teams were crowned Division A Winter League champions, with West Suffolk holding on to the club title for the fourth consecutive year.

West Suffolk are back in action in Ipswich tomorrow for the Suffolk County Championships.

n Six West Suffolk swimmers travelled to Sudbury for the Valentine’s Masters Gala, which also incorporated the Suffolk County Masters and Senior Age Group Championships.

In the Valentine’s event, open to all, there were gold medals for Masters swimmers Sharon Perry and Maureen Wright, and for Andrew Kimpton in the senior age group category.

Perry set a new east region record of 1min 16.09secs in the 100m IM.

In the Suffolk Championships, Fiona Brittain and Perry won five gold medals each, and there were also three golds for Wright and two for Hannah Jones.

In the senior age group, Kimpton took a gold, and his brother Robert won medals in two events.