Last chance to prepare for nationals

A number of Team Ipswich's swimmers were able to put in one last competitive swim ahead of next week's National Championships at the Summer Sprint Meet last weekend.

A number of Team Ipswich's swimmers were able to put in one last competitive swim ahead of next week's National Championships at the Summer Sprint Meet last weekend.

Held at Crown Pools, Ipswich once again received outstanding support from swimming clubs across the region.

Team Ipswich coach Dave Champion said: “With some great performances from just about every age group, the swimmers can really look towards the National Championships and have an idea of their strengths and weaknesses.

“On top of that, the rest of Team Ipswich can look at how they've performed and get excited about next season and swimming even faster. Next year will be an exciting adventure for all of us here.”

The women's 50m freestyle had some fast results, with Eleanor Tomkins setting the best mark for Ipswich in the 9/10yrs with a time of 33.63, while Fiona Manthorpe was first in the 11/12yrs age group in 29.75.

Team mate Rachel Andvig headed up the 13/14yrs age group (28.82), while Zoe Cray led the way in the 15yrs and over age group with a time of 26.75.

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Rebecca Reader just edged out Alex Seal to take the ladies 'skins' title and claim the prize money on offer in a great competition that featured eight Team Ipswich swimmers, while Troy Lynch won the men 'skins' event.

The boys 50m freestyle saw Jake Tyson take the win in the 9/10yrs age group in 32.60, while Elliot Cook took first place in the 11/12yrs age group in 29.05.

The women's 50m butterfly saw Ellen Oxbrow swim into first place in the 11/12yrs age group with 34.23, while Jennifer Redmond underlined her potential with a win in the 13/14yrs event in 32.95.

Zoe Cray again romped to victory in the 15yrs and over age group with a time of 29.26.

The boys 100m IM saw Jake Tyson finish in first place in the 9/10yrs age group in 1.24.25, while Elliot Cook captured the 11/12yrs age group in 1.12.99. The 15yrs and over age group was won by Lewis Coleman in a time of 1.01.61.

The women's 50m breaststroke was the next event on the programme with Heather Rodwell winning the 11/12yrs age group in 37.60, while Rachel Andvig was the winner in the 13/14yrs event in 38.08.

In the afternoon, Lewis Coleman again secured first place in the 15yrs and over event with a time of 32.58.

The womens 50m backstroke saw Eleanor Tomkins set a new club record when winning the 9/10yrs event in 37.97, while Rose Cross also secured the win and set another record of 34.35 in the 11/12yrs age group.

Coral Young was first in the 13/14yrs age group in a time of 33.12, while Zoe Cray showed just why she is still the British record holder at this event with a time of 29.74 to win the 15yrs and over event.

The mens 50m butterfly saw Jake Tyson back in his winning ways with a time of 36.73 in the 9/10yrs age group, while Lewis Coleman again surged to victory in the 15yrs and over event with a time of 27.78.

The womens 100m IM again saw some outstanding swims with Eleanor Tomkins swimming to second place for the home team in 1.27.31 in the 9/10yrs age group, while Heather Rodwell showed a clean pair of heels to win the 11/12yrs age group in 1.13.06.

Coral Young was a winner in the 13/14yrs age group in 1.14.30, while Zoe Cray added again to her clutch of victories with a time of 1.06.49.

The last event of a long hot afternoon was the mens 50m backstroke, with Philip Dowding-Young grabbing first place in the 9/10yrs age group in 37.17, while Elliot Cook dominated the 11/12yrs race with a time of 32.53.

The 15yrs and over age group saw Lewis Coleman, with probably his most impressive swim of the day, winning the 50m backstroke in 28.96.

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