Storms finish in third place

WINNER: Lydia Bingham swam a personal best in the 100m breaststroke

WINNER: Lydia Bingham swam a personal best in the 100m breaststroke

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Sudbury hosted the second round of the Winter League against teams from Mildenhall, Halstead and Stowmarket.

The evening was full of close finishes, and the Storms were only one point behind the leaders at halfway.

Eventual winners Stowmarket eased through the second half to win the round with 221 points.

Sudbury swimmers battled with Halstead for the second spot but lost out in the closing stages and finished third with 177 points to Halstead’s 180.

The girl’s team was in good form producing six of the seven wins on the night. Lydia Bingham won the open 100m breaststroke in a personal best and county qualifying time of 1.25.26, Redgi Keeble-Bradford won the open 100m freestyle in style, and Olivia Sherred had two wins on the night in the 14/15-years 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke, both in season best times.

The senior girls won both the 4 x 50m relays with Olivia Sherred, Maria Grumann, Redgi Keeble-Bradford and Lydia Bingham in the medley relay and Olivia, Maria, Gemma Rides and Redgi in the freestyle relay.

The only win for the boys came from club captain Chris Greenhalgh in the most exciting race of the evening, the open 100m breaststroke. Pitted against Aaron Lynch, a former Team Ipswich swimmer and holder of countless County titles and records, this was always going to be a hard race to win.

With jokers riding on both swimmers for the prized double points, Lynch took the race out from the start and led until the final metre, with Greenhalgh snatching the win on the touch, beating his persona;l best time by more than two seconds, to finish in 1.08.02 to Aaron’s 1.08.14.

The younger swimmers fought hard for points and were rewarded with good personal best times. Katie Chambers took another 0.5 seconds off her 50m backstroke time to finish in 41.79 just 100ths off another county qualification. Ismay Hathaway knocked nearly two seconds off her old time to finish in 1.41.92 in the 100m breaststroke.

In the boys event Sam Roberts had a massive improvement of over 10 seconds to finish in a new personal best time of 1.45.01.

Harry Harman only back in training from injury for a couple of weeks, finished with three personal best times, 100m freestyle 1.02.04 and 100m breaststroke 1.20.68 and a first leg relay split of 28.94 for 50m freestyle.

Danielle Grumann finished third in the open 100m butterfly with a personal best time of 1.25.68, and in the 12/13-years 100m butterfly Sophie Jones achieved a three-second personal best to finish in 1.30.6, and Charlie Harman a best time of 1.37.68.

Eleven-year-old Abigail Harris, swimming up in the 15-years butterfly, improved her time once again to 1.39.86. In the 11/under 50m freestyle both Sophie Murray and James Rowley improved their times to 35.87 and 38.67 respectively.

Due to injury Caitlin Evans swam the 12/13-years 100m backstroke and impressed to finish third with a huge personal best of more than six seconds in 1.27.06.