Norwich Swan - Round Two 2014

Following their outstanding performance in round one of the National Arena League, Norwich Swan travelled to Peterborough determined to follow up their victory with a second win and consolidate their position in the top three teams of the East Midland Division 2. It soon became apparent that the host Club, City of Peterborough were going to be Swan’s main opposition.

Swan’s talented girls’ team, with many national and regional qualifiers in their number, are well renowned within the County of Norfolk and it was gratifying to see so many of them performing well further afield. Ellie Ronen, Lilyella Craw-Seaman and Catherine Brown all secured maximum points in their individual events in the 15 year old age-group and with Peyton Ewbank swimming the butterfly leg, they smashed the Swan record in the medley relay. Hannah Cooper won the 100m freestyle in convincing fashion and was part of the 4x50m freestyle team that stormed home to ensure that Swan had a clean sweep of events in this age-group.

Returning from injury, National Age-Group bronze medallist Tilly Anema was back to winning ways in the girls 13 years 100m freestyle. Eleven year old Emma Bell swam with maturity to clinch victory in the 50m backstroke.

With Swan leading City of Peterborough by only one point after 10 events, the swimmers quickly realised that every single point gained would be crucial. Swimming is usually regarded as an individual sport but on this occasion each Swan youngster raced to the best of their ability, eager to swim well for their team.  Many of them performed way beyond expectations. Oscar Almadin judged the 13 years 100m butterfly to perfection, making up ground from last to second place and earning a two second personal best. Ten Year old Ben Woodhouse battled for points in the 50m breaststroke improving on his first round result by three places, smashing his personal best by three seconds in the process. Feeling unwell, Saskia Faragher managed to dig deep to earn a worthy second place in the 11 years 50m breaststroke. Although only 12, Tommy Chandler raced hard against older swimmers in the 13 years 100m breaststroke to earn a well-deserved second place.

Having drawn level with Swan after 18 events, Peterborough had inched ahead by the halfway stage to lead by a mere one point.

Sensing that victory may be snatched away, Swan needed to finish in a flourish in the final two Open Age relays. With the women’s quartet earning maximum points, the men knew that only a victory would be good enough to secure the gala win. Returning from university to strengthen the team, Luke Hull and Harry Crisp joined Owen Richardson and Chris Searle and were involved in a head to head battle with City of Peterborough over the entire 200m freestyle distance. Chris surged ahead over the final 25m to win by a fingertip, smashing the Club relay record in the process to the immense delight of the Swan supporters.

With two gala wins under their belt, Swan are placed second in the league behind Northampton (on point difference). With a new sense of confidence, they have a realistic chance of gaining promotion to the East Midland Premier Division when they compete in the final round next month.


Norwich Swan 227
City of Peterborough 221
Lincoln Pentaqua 187
Wellingborough 183
Great Yarmouth 108
Corby 107