After 2 successful rounds in this year’s Suffolk County Winter League, Beccles Town Swimming Club found themselves being promoted to take part in the A League Final.
To add to this, the club was then selected to host one of the County’s top swimming events at Bungay Pool off the back of having successfully holding their first Open Meet back in January. It was an evening of top class swimming from all five teams that took part and Beccles, even though they finished 5th on the night, were not out classed.
The event was also the final part of the clubs preparation for this year’s County Championships which start this Saturday, which the club has prepared well for with 18 personal best times recorded out of the 34 individual events.
This league event catered for swimmers aged 10 and above, separated into 4 age groups. In the youngest age group there were some great new personal bests; Tealk Smith (Back and Fly), Lily Ellard (Free), Sam Day (Breaststroke) and Alex Sampson (Fly), and Lucy Adcock also came very close in her Backstroke event. For the 13/U age group Grace Madsen and Samuel Skuse set new PB’s in their 50m Breaststroke, likewise Ollie Woodcock in his Fly event and Emily Waller in her Backstroke race. Max Beevor matched to the millisecond his Personal Best in 50 Backstroke, and Poppy Allen came close in her 50 Fly.
In the more senior age groups Callum Thurston-Woolnough became the swimmer of the night as he produced two great times, firstly in his 50 Free and then in his 50 Fly. Not to be outdone Henry Barnes (Back), and Ellis Pullinger (Breast), also pulled off great swims to complete a clean sweep of personal bests in the 15/U age group. For the girls, Imgoen Long and Sophie Thurtell put in some strong swims and Eve Waller smashed her previous PB time in her 50 Breaststroke event. Martin Hailes, Ross Barnshaw and Dalton Yallop produced PB’s in the Open events for the boys along with Nina Howell for the Open girls, team mates Rhianna James and Hannah Barnes came close in their sprint events. Lawrence Lowman took 1st in the Open 50 fly and a return to the pool for Riasa Douglas-Callow saw her bring home 2nd in 50 Free.
The club won Best Supported Club during the event, with team spirit and support pushing the swimmers from start to finish, ensuring that everyone had taken part in a very enjoyable event.