Storm-ing performances in County Championships

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The first full weekend of the Suffolk County Swimming Championships started well for Sudbury Storms’ squad of swimmers.

In the girls’ 50m freestyle new personal best (pb) times were set by Sophie Murray 35.39 seconds, Caitlin Evans 33.29, Sophie Jones 33.77 and Maria Grumann 31.55.

The boys’ 50m breaststroke followed with Masters swimmer Tom Williams taking second place in the 17+ years and Chris Greenhalgh followed closely behind to take fourth, both swimmers making the final which took place later in the day.

Chris was up again shortly after for the 200m butterfly where he won a well deserved bronze medal in the 17+ age group in a new personal best time and club record of 2.14.49.

The final session saw both Williams and Greenhalgh finish second and fourth respectively.

Sunday began with the girls’ 50m butterfly, where 11-year-old Katie Chambers knocked more than two seconds off her personal best to record a time of 40.23.

Georgie Hodgson, in her first butterfly event for several months following a shoulder injury, recorded a personal best time of 34.52.

The next event was the boys’ 50m backstroke, and for nine-year-old James Rowley, this was his first ever swim at the championships and he made sure it was memorable, smashing his previous best in a new time of 40.78 to take not only the bronze medal but also a new club record.

Greenhalgh finished eighth in the 17+ age group also in a personal best time of 30.60.

The girls’ 100m individual medley followed with nine-year-old Jessica Deacon, in her first County Championships, recording a personal best time of 1.43.31 to finish in seventh place.

Katie Chambers and Sophie Murray recorded their second pbs in times of 1.31.87 and 1.30.62 respectively.

Olivia Sherred, in the 15-16 years age group also recorded a pb of 1.16.50.

Greenhalgh up again in the 200m breaststroke, won his third medal of the championships finishing with another bronze in a new pb of 2.28.42.

In the last event of the day, the girls’ 200m backstroke, Jessica Deacon swam a good race to finish fifth in the nine-years age group.

Sherred knocked more than five seconds off her time to finish eighth in a new pb of 2.34.86.