UEA City of Norwich swimmers deliver national success at Ponds Forge
UEA City of Norwich swimmers enjoyed an outstanding 2011 national championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. The headline achievements included a British age group record, two national titles and eight medals – including two golds, four silvers and two bronze – as well as third in the boys' 14-and-under 400m medley relay and 19 personal bests.
Star performer of the championships was 13-year-old Isaac Kirby. On day one of the competition he smashed nine seconds off his 200m breaststroke PB to take the title in a new British age group record.
Incredibly this was UEA City of Norwich Swimming Club's second British record in six weeks.
Isaac also struck gold in the boys' 100m breaststroke in a superb personal best, just missing out on the British record. He also claimed the silver medal in the boys' 200m individual medley.
Fourteen-year-old Jack Utting claimed two fantastic hard-fought silver medals in the boys' 100m and 200m backstroke, while 16-year-old Miles Garner took nearly three seconds off his 200m butterfly best to win silver.
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Distance specialist, 15-year-old Harry Smith, performed excellently in the open water to earn bronze. Harry also placed fifth in the 1500m in his 15 years age group.
Norwich's 14-and-under boys' medley relay team consisting of Jack Utting, Isaac Kirby, Jack Thomson and Adam Crafer placed third in a very close and exciting final race.
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As for 14-year-old Isobel Page, she swam some great personal bests in placing a much improved ninth position in the girls' 400m individual medley and 10th in the girls' 100m backstroke for her 14 years age group.
Twelve-year-old Lilyella Craw-Seaman and 18-year-old Ashley Pattison both swam excellent personal bests in their 100m backstroke events, both taking credible 11th places.
• UEA City of Norwich's national swimming squad: Sophie Alden, Serena Aris, Holly Bateman, Miles Garner, Chloe Hazel, Poppy Ingleson, Isobel Page, Flora Shaul, Harry Smith, Jack Thomson, Adam Crafer, Isaac Kirby, Jack Utting, Ashley Pattison, Lilyella Craw-Seaman, Emily Bowyer, Gemma Faulkner, Mimi Barr, Keenan Stokes, Jordan Staff, Will Cooper and Charlotte Humphreys.