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Finley strikes gold for Great Yarmouth SC at regional championships

PUBLISHED: 08:31 09 June 2017

The Great Yarmouth SC team that competed at the recent Breckland Cup in Dereham. Picture: Rhianna James

The Great Yarmouth SC team that competed at the recent Breckland Cup in Dereham. Picture: Rhianna James

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Great Yarmouth Swimming Club struck gold at the Age Group Regional Championships at the UEA Sportspark.

Great Yarmouth SC's Finley Coman and Kelsey Wilson. Picture: Jacqueline DuffieldGreat Yarmouth SC's Finley Coman and Kelsey Wilson. Picture: Jacqueline Duffield

Kelsey Wilson and Finley Coman had met the tough qualifying times to be able to compete with the best swimmers from throughout the region.

Kelsey qualified for two events in her age 14 category: the 400m freestyle and the 200m freestyle. She swam strongly in both events, resulting in long course pbs and her finishing higher up the placings than her entry time rankings, a satisfying outcome for both her and head coach Liam Harvey.

Finley had qualified for an impressive 11 events and swam in all but one of the nine sessions. His most impressive swim came in the 50m freestyle final. Having qualified second fastest in the heats, his competitive side pushed him to victory, resulting in gold in an impressive 29.10 seconds.

His ability in the freestyle events was clear to see as he also took a silver in the 100m freestyle final, fifth in the 200m freestyle final and sixth in the region for 400m freestyle. He also competed in the 100m breaststroke, 200m breastroke and 100m backstrokee.

Becoming a regional champion is a huge achievement and Finley has trained hard to accomplish this goal, with head coach Harvey preparing him for the championships.

A team representing Great Yarmouth Swimming Club took part in the annual Breckland Cup, hosted by Dereham Otters.

They finished in a creditable fourth place overall with Norwich Swans taking the win.

The boys brought home maximum point scores in a number of races, winning the age 10 and under 50m freestyle (Sam Coman), the age 14 and under 200m IM and 100m breaststroke (Tommy Chandler) and age 12 and under 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke (Finley Coman).

There were also some strong perfomances from the girls. Perhaps the most exciting of all was Anna Pearce in the 100m fly who turned in fifth place with one length to go and in a great final 25m kicked to finish second. Also placing in second were Jasmine Coleman (10 and under 50m butterfly), Honey Harvey (in the 15 and under 100m breaststroke) and Anna Duffield, (who smashed her previous pb in the 14 and under 200m IM.

In the final event, the team finished on a high by winning the 200m mixed freestyle relay.

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