Norfolk junior record is broken at ASA National Winter Championships in Sheffield

The 4x100m freestyle relay girls, from left, Angel Dunderdale, Rikke Nagell-Kleven, Jessica-Jane App

The 4x100m freestyle relay girls, from left, Angel Dunderdale, Rikke Nagell-Kleven, Jessica-Jane Applegate and Megan Pye. - Credit: Archant

UEA City of Norwich Swimming Club saw five of their female national squad members compete in the ASA National Winter Championships, which were held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

The gala started with 14-year-old Maisie Easter taking her place in the second event, the ladies 100 metres backstroke.

Qualifying with a time that gave her a place in the second of six heats, Maisie had a confident swim and she posted a time of 1:05.39 – which was 0.79 outside of her personal best.

The following morning saw two swimmers in the pool.

Megan Pye, another junior and also 14 years old, qualified for the 50 metres butterfly in heat two, starting from lane eight – and, once again, another strong swim meant that Megan's time of 29.37 gave her the Norfolk junior record.


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Rikke Nagell-Kleven, a senior squad member, swam two events – the ladies 100 metres individual medley, in which she finished 21st with a time of 1:04.64, before she went on to swim in the 50 metres butterfly in heat eight and posted a time of 28.41.

Another senior squad member and UEA assistant junior development coach, Louise Bush, swam in the ladies 100 metres breaststroke and recorded a time of 1:11.93.

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The club qualified for two relays. In the ladies 4x100m freestyle, the first leg was taken on by the club's Paralympic swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate, supported by Megan Pye, Angel Dunderdale and Rikke Nagell-Kleven. They posted an impressive time of 3:59.07 and finished 16th out of 22 clubs.

The 4x100m medley relay saw the first backstroke leg swam by Maisie Easter, the second 100m butterfly leg by Rikke Nagell-Keleven, breaststroke coach Louise Bush having a strong third leg and finally Jessica-Jane Applegate completing the race with 100m freestyle. Their time of 4:18.11 earned them 14th position out of 26 clubs.

The girls are all trained by UEA head coach Alex Pinniger at the University of East Anglia's Sportspark site on Earlham Road.

The club also runs numerous other squads all competing at different levels and a thriving junior swimming development programme. Details at www.cityofnorwichsc.co.uk

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