Super six for Ipswich Swimming Club at County Championships
Another breathtaking display from Team Ipswich saw them win the ‘Top Club’ trophy for the sixth year running at the conclusion of the Suffolk County Championships.
Despite 75 swimmers representing the Ipswich-based club, the result was still not a forgone conclusion.
“We’re in the middle of our temporary training period due to the refurbishment work at Crown Pools so it was important for me to see where we were and what we needed to improve on to keep moving forward as a team,” said head coach Dave Champion.
“We had a phenomenal best time strike rate of over 97% and collected 129 gold medals, 106 silver and 67 bronze medals along the way so that is definitely a very positive result from us.
“That and eight national qualifying times, along with 50 swimmers qualifying for the regional championships says to me that what we’re doing is working okay.”
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There were overall championship wins from Regan Lloyd (200m butterfly), Jake Tyson (50m butterfly), Jack Hollis (100m butterfly, 200m IM and 400m IM), Aaron Lynch (50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 100m IM, 50m freestyle), Kilian Korth (100m backstroke), Louis Seller (200m backstroke), Ryan Tomkins (100m and 200m freestyle) and Elliot Cook (50m backstroke).
“The Team Ipswich Swimming boys really stepped up at this meet winning 15 out of the 16 overall championship titles,” added Champion.
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“It makes you wonder just how good some of these guys could be”.
Age group awards medallists included Daniel Loveless who secured a silver medal in the boys’ nine-years age group while Amie Philpot also secured the top spot in the nine-years girls awards.
Team mate Nicole Chandler finished in bronze medal position, while Euan Harris secured another gold medal for the club in the ten-years age group while Alex Walmsley finished with a bronze medal in the boys’ 11 years age group.
Ipswich took a clean sweep in the girls’ 11 years awards with Rebecca Sherwin securing the gold medal, Nancy Doubledee the silver and Courtney King the bronze medal. Dominic Scifo was another gold medal winner in the 12 years category while Lucy Oxbrow was the silver medallist in the girls’ 12 years age group.
Jack Andrew was another winner in the 13 years age group awards while Cara Hetherington securing the gold medal, Dolly Trigg the silver and Emily Dowding the bronze in the 13 years girls event.
Jake Tyson was top of his 14 year age group while Alaina Scifo secured silver in the girls 14 years category, closely followed in bronze medal position by Alice Sherwin. Jack Hollis secured second place in the men’s overall best five performance category while Louis Seller finished in third spot.