Well done to Jessica Mansfield who competed at the youth (15 & over) regional championships at UEA in Norwich over the May bank holiday weekend. These championships are for the best in the East region who have reached the qualifying time.
Jess qualified for 6 regional events this year but decided on recommendation from John to concentrate on her strongest sprints:
50 free: Jess was ranked 9th in the programme but won her heat in a strong long course time of 28.95 putting her into the final ranked 4th but with only 1 hundredth of a second separating her from 2 other girls. In the final Jess swam a lifetime best of 28.74 to finish in 5th place.
100 fly: Jess was a real outsider going into this event only just scraping the qualifying time and was the slowest 15 year old in the programme. Despite this Jess swam a storming race to win heat 1 by a good 10 metres and secure 5th place for the final. In the final Jess swam faster still achieving a lifetime best of 1.10.27 and a fantastic 6th place.
100 free: Jess was ranked 10th in the programme and swam a strong 1.03.31 making her second reserve for the final.
50 fly: Jess was ranked 8th going into the race a but swam a super pb of 30.89 to gain her a place in the final in 5th position. Another nail biting final as four girls were separated by just 4 hundredths of a second. Jess swam another lifetime best of 30.67 to maintain 5th place.
A fantastic result for Jess and the club. Both Jess and Karen would like to thank John for giving up so much of his time to be with Jess at the regionals and also to thank Andy Hunter (St Ives) who took Jess under his wing for one session.
Well done also to Hannah Daley who has qualified for the 50 freestyle in the age group regionals which take place at the end of the month – swim tough!