Coach inspires medal haul

FRESH from their appearance in the prestigious Speed League National Finals, which secured the club a top-12 ranking in the country, West Suffolk were out in force at their own Open Meet - and claimed an impressive 58 medals, 22 of them gold.

FRESH from their appearance in the prestigious Speed League National Finals, which secured the club a top-12 ranking in the country, West Suffolk were out in force at their own Open Meet - and claimed an impressive 58 medals, 22 of them gold.

Dan Pilbrow, 23, led the charge with a string of top podium places - the swimmer-turned-coach, who now trains his younger club-mates, demonstrated his prowess in the water with five outright wins.

Pilbrow posted a time 10 seconds faster than his entry in the gruelling 400m individual medley (IM) and took a decisive win in the 200m butterfly, a massive 16 seconds ahead of second place. Gold in the 100m butterfly (59.51), the 100m backstroke (1.01.88) and the 200m backstroke (2.14.56) followed.

Former Welsh international Dawn Jason dominated the freestyle with gold in the 400m (4.28.89), 200m (2.07.79) and 100m (1.00.97) and took first in the 200m backstroke (2.20.92).


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National qualifier team-mate Victoria Cadge, 16, won the 200m and 100m breaststroke with 2.43.08 and 1.15.41 respectively, as well as the 200m individual medley (2.26.59) and the 50m freestyle (28.1).

But it was youngster Sean Collier who claimed the biggest haul - the 12-year-old took two gold medals, four silver and two bronze.

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He bettered his entry times in all but two events, touching on 28.87 to clinch first in the 50m freestyle sprint and smashed his entry time by more than 12 seconds to win the 400m IM with 5.26.25.

Collier took silver in the 100m fly, and the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle events, with bronze in the 50m fly and 200m IM.

Rising star Alex Harrison, 12, limiting her entry, claimed with gold in the 50m freestyle (30.03), and two silvers in the 200m IM (2.39.6) and the 100m fly (1.14.4) where she took a huge seven-plus seconds off her entry time.

There were golds for Jade Morton, Jamie Wyatt, Simon Morley, Adam Kemp and Emily Roberts and the medal collection was completed by Charlotte Walker-Hebborn, Victoria Sparrow, Alexandra Taylor, Craig Collier, Chris Algar, Becky Hawes, Emma Carter, Joe Banns, Danny Proffitt, Allan Taylor, Josh Pettican, Tom Lang, Oliver George, Adam Young, Joe Freezer and Jack Farrant.

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