Norman conquest for COPS
MoLLy Norman reaped the rewards of her commitment to long hours of training in the pool by taking a bagful of medals in the opening weekend of the British Gas ASA East Region Age Group Championships.
The 13 year-old Arthur Mellows Village College pupil took the gold medal in the 200m individual medley and 200m freestyle events.
And Norman added to her medal tally by taking a hat-trick of silver medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle events and the 100m butterfly.
Swimming with the City of Peterborough Club (COPS), Norman is a member of the largest squad to have qualified for these championships in the club’s history.
Joining Norman on the winner’s podium was 13 year-old Josh Aylett who took the silver medal in the 800m freestyle, one place ahead of his COPS clubmate Sam Holmes (13).
Holmes and Aylett also featured in the 400m individual medley where they took fourth and seventh places respectively.
Holmes also appeared in the final of the 200m backstroke event finishing in fifth place and he took 14th place in the 100m freestyle event.
Both boys teamed up with Matthew Brigham (14) and Ben Rippon (13) to take seventh place in the 400m freestyle and 400m individual medley team relays.
Eleven year-old Lee Clarke could be considered the unluckiest swimmer at these championships. He finished first in his age group for the 800m freestyle but he was denied the gold medal by officials due to a rule that states his birthday is at the wrong time of the year.
Clarke also qualified for the 100m freestyle final where he finished in fourth place - just one tenth of a second off the bronze medal. Clarke also finished 24th in the 100m backstroke event.
Another championship finalist for COPS was 11 year-old Olivia Standish-Leigh who finished eighth in the 200m individual medley and 100m butterfly events. She was also placed fourth in the 400m freestyle, sixth in the 800m freestyle, 10th in the 200m and 13th in the 100m freestyle events.
Swimming in his first major championships was Jamie Scholes (10) and he performed heroically to finish fifth in the final of the 100m backstroke and then repeated that form in the 200m event.
Also swimming in their first championships were 12 year-old Daniel Brown and his 10 year-old sister Katherine. Dan finished in eighth place in the 100m freestyle final while Katie finished sixth in the 200m freestyle event.
Thirteen-year-old Bethany Freeman finished in sixth place in the 200m freestyle final, 11th place in the 400m freestyle, 14th in the 200 individual medley and 19th in the 100m freestyle.
Also competing for COPS at the first weekend of the championships were Joshua Cassidy (11) – 400IM 14th, 200m breaststroke 11th, 100m freestyle 21st; Hannah Brigham (12) – 800m free12th, 100m free 21st, 400m free 21st, 200m free 26th; Matthew Brigham (14) – 400IM 8th, 100m back 7th, 200m back 7th, 800m free 9th, 100m free 28th; Taylor Goodby (12) – 400m free 18th; Joshua Graves (12) – 200m backstroke 14th; Tom Mitchell (12) – 800m free 12th, 200m backstroke 23rd; James Newton (12) – 100m back 12th; Heather Pfeiffer (13) – 800m free 11th , 400m free 14th; Emily Pilbeam (13) – 400m free 28th; Daniel Powell (12) - 400 IM 11th, 800m free 8th, 200m back 19th and Jessica Standish-Leigh (13) – 400m free 36th.
The girls 400m medley relay team of Jessica Standish-Leigh, Chloe-Jade Coulson, Heather Pfeiffer and Hannah Brigham came a very creditable fifth place in their first year together as a team.
COPS are looking forward to many more successes in the second part of the championships, which are being held this weekend in the 50m pool at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.