Nor­man con­quest for COPS

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

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.

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