Strong showing from Storm swimmers

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A small squad of six Sudbury Storm swimmers all came home with medals from the East Region Open Water Championships at Whitlingham Country Park.

The annual event, on July 14, combined both the East Region and Suffolk County Championships with Sudbury’s medal haul seeing them finish third overall.

In pleasant water temperature of 23 degrees Celsius, masters swimmer Terry Mansi swam in the 3k event, finishing in one hour and six seconds to claim silver medals in both the county and regional classification.

Olivia Sherred, 14, moved up to the 2k event for the first time to ensure the team had a swimmer in each event finished with the silver medal in the county championships in a time of 31 minutes 52 seconds.

In the novice 800m masters, swimmers Sarah Farley and Ben Boxall competed 
in their first open water 

Farley did not entirely enjoy the swim, but was delighted to come away with the silver medals in both the county and regional events in a time of 17.24.

Boxall also claimed silver in a time 18.57.

Nick Robertson delivered a strong swim in the 1.5k to finish in a time of 21.43 and win the county medal, narrowly missing out on the bronze medal in the regional competition, finishing fourth.

In the longest event of the day, the 5k, Christopher Greenhalgh battled with Fox brothers Charlie and Harry from Killerwhales.

Having surrendered an early lead, Greenhalgh fought back to catch up with the quicker Fox brother, Charlie, eventually finishing 31 seconds clear with a time of 1.06.27 – three minutes ahead of the time he set last year.

As a result of the team’s valiant efforts, the club finished third in the team competition, behind winners Flitwick and second-placed Brentwood.

Storms has development, club, county, regional and masters squads training at Kingfisher Leisure Centre Wednesday through to Friday and Sunday.

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