Swimming: Storms race to success

Sudbury Storms hosted the second round of the Suffolk ASA's Junior Summer League, and welcomed teams from Hadleigh, Leiston, Great Yarmouth, Deben and Lowestoft to the Kingfisher Leisure Centre.

Sudbury Storms hosted the second round of the Suffolk ASA's Junior Summer League, and welcomed teams from Hadleigh, Leiston, Great Yarmouth, Deben and Lowestoft to the Kingfisher Leisure Centre.

Having narrowly missed out on second place in the first round of the competition earlier in the month, the Storms were determined to maintain the pressure on Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth and improve upon their first-round result.

The first half of the gala was dominated by the Storms' swimmers, who finished first in 60% of the events. Sudbury Girls led by a staggering 16 points by the half-way stage, with the boys putting on a great performance to leave the team first overall.

They battled hard through the second half, with some notable individual performances from a number of the team.


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The Storms notched up 14 personal best times, many of which were improvements on times set earlier in the month.

Personal Bests Ryan Alexander - 100m Backstroke 01:24.96; 100m Breaststroke 01:36.83. Jessica Dilling - 100m Freestyle 01:14.29. Robert Halls, 50m Freestyle 00:34.60. Cara Hetherington - 50m Backstroke, 00:41.24. John Jiang, 100m Individual Medley 01:16.39, 100m Butterfly 01:21.79. Francesca King, 100m Backstroke 01.16.85; Harry Milsom, 50m Backstroke 00:49.53; 50m Breaststroke 00:54.62. Mollie Milsom, 50m Freestyle, 00:32.79; Lana Mo, 50m Breaststroke 00:42.36. Rebecca Webber, 100m Butterfly 01:29.25.

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The team is now second going into the final round, at Lowestoft in July. The Storms' Girls will be hoping to top the division after taking an unassailable lead of 41 points into the final round.

Head coach Paul Cook said: “The Suffolk ASA's Summer League is the perfect stage for our younger swimmers to experience competitive swimming and is great preparation for those swimmers that have the County Development Championships in their sights.

“From my point of view, the swim of the night came from nine-year-old Lana Mo in the 50 Breaststroke, where she clocked a time of 42.36, which not only smashed the club record, but also makes her the fastest nine-year-old female Breaststroker in the country. She really has so much potential; it is great to have such a young swimmer with this natural talent in the club.”

Storms' has Development, Club, County, Regional and Masters squads training at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre Wednesday through to Friday and Sunday - further details can be found on www.sudburyswimming.org.uk

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