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Young swimmer Finley makes a splash in big national event

PUBLISHED: 09:37 03 November 2017

Finley Coman competed in a national event in Sheffield. Picture: Club

Finley Coman competed in a national event in Sheffield. Picture: Club

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Finley Coman (12) was selected to swim for Norfolk in the national Inter-Counties Gala, which was held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield last month.

There were two divisions at the competition, with 20 teams in division one and 17 in division two.

Norfolk was in the second division and finished 14th out of 17 counties.

About 900 swimmers took part in all, from across the nation, and it was a televised event. Anyone interested can watch the action on You Tube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCIPy2EcWkU). Finley’s race was event 129 (heat twoo, lane 0).

Finley swam the final part of the boys’ 12/13 medley relay, which was 50m freestyle, in an amazing split time of 27.46.

To put that into context, had he swum that time in a 50m race, rather than a relay, it would rank him first in his age group in the country. Everyone at Great Yarmouth SC was proud of Finley’s performance.

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