Suffolk swimmers’ hearts sink after disqualified relays prove costly

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Sudbury swimmers who 
represented Suffolk were only denied third place in the east region after two of their relay teams were disqualified.

The county narrowly pipped neighbours Essex to fifth from six teams with home comforts in the Newmarket-staged East Region Inter-Counties Championship, leaving them 18th overall out of 29 competing in the country.

The east region event saw them compete directly against the best in the pool from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk.

Sudbury’s Stuart McLellan came second in the 50m fly and third in the 50m breaststroke while Terry Mansi earned seconds in the 50m backstroke and 50m front crawl.

Tom Williams sprinted to second in the 50m breaststroke in the over-25 age group.

Suffolk did exceptionally well right across the age spectrum, winning three of the nine relay events.

Terry Mansi triumphed in the over-26 years’ 200m mixed freestyle relay while Tom Williams outclassed the opposition in the men’s 100-plus years 200m medley relay.

Sarah Holden and Hadleigh’s Sean Lamble, Graham King, Sharon McLellan and Sarah Clarke (Sudbury) all picked up valuable points for Suffolk in individual and relay events.

East Region final positions: 1 Bedfordshire 262 points; 2 Norfolk 255; 3 Cambridgeshire 233; 4 Hertfordshire 221; 5 Suffolk 220; 6 Essex 204. National final positions: 1 Yorkshire 1736.5 points; 2 Warwickshire 1618; 3 Sussex 1613; 18 Suffolk 951; 29 Lincolnshire 164.5.