Hatfield swimmers strike gold in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 13:45 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 26 October 2009

Ben Purcell

Ben Purcell

HATFIELD Swimming Club s age group section performed well at the East Regional Championships in Norfolk. The club s youngsters competed over two weekends at the UEA Norwich 50 metre pool and came away with four golds, six silvers and five bronze medals to

Gemma Swindell

HATFIELD Swimming Club's age group section performed well at the East Regional Championships in Norfolk.

The club's youngsters competed over two weekends at the UEA Norwich 50 metre pool and came away with four golds, six silvers and five bronze medals to finish ninth overall.

There were several exciting swims during the first weekend with many personal best times being achieved.

Nine swimmers swam in 17 finals, resulting in a tally of five medals.

Ten-year-old Gemma Swindell took silver in the 100m butterfly and a bronze in the 200m fly.

Lydia Smith, 13, gained a bronze medal in the 100m fly.

For the boys, Alex Baker, 14, was the only successful medal winner.

He took silver in the 100m backstroke and bronze in the 200m individual medley.

The second weekend proved to be even more successful for Hatfield's age group swimmers, with a total of 10 medals being awarded.

This time it was the boys' turn to outdo the girls.

Ten-year-old Ben Purcell swum two outstanding races to take gold in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke events.

Luke Target, 13, couldn't quite match Ben but gained silver in the 200m breaststroke and retained his regional title for the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke.

In the 14 years age group, Alex Baker added silver to his collection by coming second in the 200m backstroke.

Ricky Jones was also awarded silver in the 100m fly.

Representing the girls, Gemma Swindell had another outstanding weekend.

She struck gold in the 200m freestyle and silver in both the 100m free and the 200m individual medley.

In the team events, the boys' medley quartet of Tom Worbey, Luke Target, Ed Allchore and Ricky Jones were the only medal winners. They gained a bronze.

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