Newmarket contingent warm up for home meeting

SWIMMING - West Suffolk Open ''Pictured: Molly Ollington - Wssc ENGANL00220120514093845

SWIMMING - West Suffolk Open ''Pictured: Molly Ollington - Wssc ENGANL00220120514093845

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Newmarket-based West Suffolk Swimming Club members warmed up for their meeting in the town this weekend with some good results in the Norwich Easter Meet.

The evening finals at the University of East Anglia 50m pool saw some fast and furious racing with the competition marking the start of the window to compete long course and get national rankings up in a bid to qualify for the British and English National Swimming Championships this summer.

Jake Thomas-Mansfield finished fifth with a new personal best (pb) time of in the 15/16 years 100m boys butterfly final. His younger brother, Evan, had just missed out on the final in the sqame event in the 14 years age group.

The brothers also finished eighth in the 13/14 and 15/16 years 50m backstroke finals.

Molly Ollington made it onto the rostrum though, finishing second in the girls’ 17 and over 100m freestyle final, while she replicated that finish in the girls 100m butterfly final with a pb. Beth Sampher also competed but just missed out on her heat time.

On the Saturday, Ollington then also recorded a fifth-place finish in the 200m butterfly and just missed out on the medals with a four-placed finish ub tge 50m butterfly.

Evan Thomas-Mansfield and Jake Thomas-Mansfield also finished outside of the medals in the butterfly, but in the 50m freestyle Evan (27.82 seconds) and Jake both recorded pbs.

Sampher had a great swim in the 15/16 years 50m butterfly, finishing second in a pb time.