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Storms set to welcome top coach from GB team to club

STAR STYLE: Zellah Chambers picked up a personal best and a silver medal at Deben
STAR STYLE: Zellah Chambers picked up a personal best and a silver medal at Deben

Sudbury Storms will have Top GB coach Alex Pinniger visiting the club on Saturday to take a session with members.

Pinniger, head coach at Norwich UEA, will be accompanied by Jessica Jane Applegate, MBE and gold medallist at the Paralympics 2012, who will work with the children. She is bringing her medals, and there will be photo opportunities during the session which runs from 5pm to 8pm.

Sixteen swimmers competed at the Deben Open Meet, recording 31 pbs, winning three silver and two bronze medals and posting three county qualifying times.

In the 100 IM Alex Curran started the weekend off well with a pb and county QT of 1.12.93.

The 50m backstroke brought six pbs – Harry Moye 34.11, Zellah Chambers 50.50, Zara Frost 53.44, Amber Mabbutt 52.97, Esther Gray 41.61 and Caitlin Evans in 39.10 which won her a silver medal and gained her her first ever county qualifying time for next year’s championships.

In the 200m freestyle all six swimmers finished with credible pbs: Charlie Boldock 4.04.31, George Butler 3.51.97, Alex Curran 2.17.01, Zara Frost 3.32.48, Eleni Brinkley 3.35.63 and Amber Mabbutt 3.49.48.

Caitlin Evans also improved her pb by seven seconds to finish with another silver medal in 2.52.48. A second pb for Eleni Brinkley came in the 50m breaststroke, knocking more than five seconds off to finish in 56.46. Zellah Chambers picked up a silver medal in the 9/u age group in the same event.

The 100m backstroke saw further pbs for Alex Curran 1.13.85 and Charlie Boldock 1.57.26. More pbs came in the 200m IM, both Alex Curran and Joshua Gray, trying this event out for the first time, finished with times of 2.46.77 and 3.36.59 respectively.

In the 50m butterfly Rachel Budd improved her pb by three seconds, finishing in 47.24. Amber Mabbutt, trying her hand at this event for the first time, finished with 54.23.

The 200m backstroke gave Charlie Boldock a bronze medal, though narrowly missing a pb by less than a second. Nathan Alexander however finished strongly in 2.59.64 to knock five seconds off his previous time.

The 100m freestyle yielded new best times for Charlie Boldock 1.48.65, Nathan Alexander 1.13.68 and Connor Hume 59.74. Boldock, having a busy weekend, tried out the 200m breaststroke for the first time and finished with a time of 5.08.39 which earned another bronze medal.

In the final event of the day, the 50m freestyle, Caitlin Evans achieved both another pb 34.49 and her second county qualifying time. Charlie Boldock finished with a new best time of 48.89, and Aidan Clancy and Harry Gregory, newcomers to the club swimming in their first competition, finished with good times of 53.64 and 41.61 respectively.

A small squad of swimmers chased county times at the Braintree Xmas Cracker Meet. Sophie Jones achieved her first qualifying time in the 50m freestyle 34.95, and Caitlin Evans improved her 100m freestyle time to 1.17.55.

Jessica Deacon had a great day, achieving three best times out of five swims – 50m freestyle 40.87, 200m freestyle 3.15.88 and 50m backstroke 47.03.

Katie Chambers achieved personal best times in all three of her events – 50m breaststroke 49.85, 50m backstroke 44.79 and 100m breaststroke 1.47.80.

Storms has development, club, county, regional and Masters squads training at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Wednesday to Friday, and Sunday. Details can be found on www.sudburyswimming.org.uk or email info@sudburyswimming.org.uk