Molly blasts to two records for speeding COPS
THE second weekend of the British Gas ASA East Region Championships saw Molly Norman once again the top performer for City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS).
The 13 year-old took the silver medal in the 400m individual medley and was fifth in the 200m backstroke final. She was also 10th in the 100m backstroke, 12th in the 200m breaststroke and 12th in the 100m breaststroke.
Norman’s results over the two weekends earned her second place in the BAGCAT rankings – a performance measure that awards points to each swim and ranks swimmers according to their overall performance rather than just the total number of medals won.
Norman will be heading to the National Championships after she set a club record in the 200m individual medley as well as another in the 100m butterfly.
Bethany Freeman (13) broke two club records and added to COPS medal tally by taking the silver medal ahead of Norman in the final of the 200m backstroke. She was also fifth in the 100m backstroke.
Swimming in her first championships was 10 year-old Rachel Wellings. She was seventh in the 200m backstroke and eigth in both 200m and 100m breaststroke events. Wellings also took 10th place in the 100m backstroke.
For the boys the stand-out performers were once again 13 yearolds Joshua Aylett and Samuel Holmes. Both put in herculean performances in the 1500m freestyle which saw Aylett set a 14second personal best while Holmes knocked a massive 22 seconds off his best.
Aylett was also in great form in the 800m, pipping Holmes to the silver medal with a club record of 17.48.15. Both Aylett and Holmes have qualified for the National fi- nals in the 1500m freestyle.
Aylett just missed a second medal when finishing fourth in the 400m freestyle while he just failed to make the 200m freestyle final when coming ninth in the 200m freestyle.
Holmes also took silver in the 200m butterfly, improving his previous best by 10.33 seconds, and finished fifth in both 400m freestyle and 200m individual medley as well as sixth in the 100m butterfly and 11th in the 200m freestyle.
Lee Clarke (11) once again showed his long distance pedigree by winning the 1500m freestyle. He added to his medal tally by taking third in the 200m freestyle and appeared in the finals of the 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly, finishing in sixth in each. Clarke also competed in the 200m individual medley in which he finished 22nd.
Dan Brown (12) qualified for his first National Championships. He twice missed the national qualification time in the 200m freestyle by three tenths of a second when placeing him seventh overall. However, head coach Ben Negus gave him another chance to qualify by allowing him to lead off the 800m freestyle relay team and he rose to the challenge by hitting the qualification time for the nationals exactly. Brown was also placed 12th in the 200m individual medley.
FIRST CHAMPIONSHIPS: Rachel Wellings.
THROUGH TO THE NATIONALS: Dan Brown.