Swim duo claim regional golds

PUBLISHED: 09:50 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:03 30 June 2010

Gold medal winners Jack Utting and Isaac Kirby.

Gold medal winners Jack Utting and Isaac Kirby.

GREAT Yarmouth Swimming Club's Jack Utting and Isaac Kirby both attended the British Gas East Region swimming championships at the UEA Sportpark, taking four gold medals between them.

GREAT Yarmouth Swimming Club's Jack Utting and Isaac Kirby both attended the British Gas East Region swimming championships at the UEA Sportpark, taking four gold medals between them.

Jack opened on day one with his favourite events of the 100m and 200m backstroke.

After controlled swims in the qualifying rounds, he dominated the races from the start, taking over a three second lead in the 100m race and five seconds in the 200m, smashing the existing records to claim the golds, confirming his position as the top backstroker in the age group within the region.

Isaac joined him on the Sunday for the 200m breaststroke in his first regional championship swim, and showed he was more than capable to compete with the older lads in the group, leading Jack into the finals.

After a close first 100m, Jack took the fourth place and Isaac followed him comfortably into fifth. Jack went on to join the City of Norwich team in the afternoon for the 11-14 year old 4x100 medley relay event where he opened with the backstroke leg, and the team went on to take the win, which should see them through to Sheffield in July.

The second weekend was thrown into doubt for Jack, after suffering a foot injury during the week.

He fought through though to take the bronze medal in the 200m individual medley and achieved his third national time.

The afternoon saw a fourth place in the 200m freestyle after a tense final length, putting Jack at the top of the leader board.

Isaac was certainly not going to be outshone with a strong qualifying time in the 100m breaststroke seeding him second, ahead of the 2009 winner. He pressed the leader up the first length to turn on his shoulder. Isaac stretched out on the return to draw level in a perfectly-timed challenge towards a breathtaking final 10 metres, to take his first championship gold.

Isaac achieved not only his

first national qualifying time, but a new record.

Jack returned on the Sunday and swum again in the 100m butterfly, taking the bronze and achieving his fourth national qualifying time for 2010. The afternoon saw another bronze in the 11-14 4x200 freestyle relay team event.

Jack closed the competition collecting the 12yo East Region British age group title.

Both Jack and Isaac have qualified and go on to the national age group championships to be held in Sheffield at the end of July.

If you would like to learn to swim, improve your swimming, or join the team call the Great Yarmouth Swimming Club on 01493 377906 or email

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