Busy Anna gains medals in 11 events out of 12 in Open Gala

Bethany Gordon, GYSC's youngest member, competing at the gala. Picture: Joanne Gordon.

Bethany Gordon, GYSC's youngest member, competing at the gala. Picture: Joanne Gordon. - Credit: Archant

The West Norfolk Open Gala held in King’s Lynn was an opportunity for Great Yarmouth Swimming Club to achieve a wide range of goals.

For some it was trying to get a medal for the first time, some were aiming to improve their times and gain personal bests, whilst for others it was a last chance to secure regional qualification times.

Busiest swimmer of the gala was Anna Pearce who competed in 12 events. She showed stamina and ability across the range of strokes and distances by gaining a medal in 11 events, five bronze, three fourth places, two fifths and a sixth.

It was a good to see some new faces in the medals. Bethany Gordon was the youngest swimmer from GYSC to win medals at the meet, showing her potential with bronzes in three events, 100m back, 50m and 200m free.

Jasmine Coleman continues to improve at every gala and came away with fourth in 50m butterfly and a sixth in 200m free in excellent times. Melissa Duffield showed that hard work pays off by taking 12 seconds off her 200m breast time and gaining fifth place.

Kelsey Wilson, Anna Duffield and Honey Harvey had their sights set on getting more regional times. Kelsey opened in the first event, the 200m frees. Her last length of eight showed particular grit as she kept her head down and kicked for home, finishing in 2.16.61, a regional time and silver medal. She also took silver in the 50m frees.

Anna Duffield had already achieved a regional time in the 50m butterfly but improved her time further, taking a bronze and qualifying in the 100m butterfly as well, smashing her previous best in 1.10.36 and taking gold. She also took fourth in the 50m free.

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Honey Harvey showed her class and ability by achieving confident regional times in both breaststroke events that she entered and also won silver in the 200m IM and 100m free.

Harvey Larner took gold in the 50m butterfly and the 50m free along with silver in the 100m back. Tommy Chandler took gold in the 50m butterfly and 50m free along with silver in the 200m IM.

Raul Hasmasan took gold in the 200m breast, silver in 200m IM, 100m back and 200m back and bronze in 50m back and 50m breast. Ernest Blas came away with three silvers (50m, 100m and 200m free) a fourth and a fifth.