West Norfolk SC’s history-making men’s 4 x 100m medley relay team of Nathan Wells, Tobias Oglesby, Freddie Laws and Joe Wells.

SWIMMING: West Norfolk SC were represented by five club members at the British National Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Nathan Wells started proceedings with 20th place among Britain’s best in the 400 metre freestyle, with a time of four minutes, 8.34 seconds.

Freddie Laws was up next, achieving the same position as Wells had, in his 100m breaststroke as he came home in 1:6.29.

Wells and first-time national qualifier Tobias Oglesby were in action in the splash-and-dash 50m backstroke. Wells took 13th place in the 19 years and over category with a strong swim, only one 100th of a second off his best time, while Oglesby swam a personal best time of 27.57 seconds to come 13th in the 18 years age group.

Sarah O’Brien was the fourth and final West Norfolk swimmer in the pool on the Saturday, swimming the 50m breaststroke in 34.51 seconds to secure a 17th-place finish.

Sunday saw Wells return to the pool for the 100m backstroke with a swim of 58 seconds exactly, finishing 17th, before racing the 400m individual medley on Monday morning. Swimming one of his favoured events, Wells put in a season’s best swim of 4:34.91, coming agonisingly close to a place in the finals with an 11th place finish.

Tuesday saw Freddie Laws back in action for the 200m breaststroke, coming 17th in 2:25.28. 

The afternoon saw a highlight of the week as Laws, Oglesby and Nathan Wells were joined by Joe Wells for the men’s 4x100m medley relay – the first time in the club’s history a relay team had competed on a national stage. 

Oglesby swam the opening backstroke leg, doing so in 60.18 seconds before handing over to Laws for the breaststroke. One minute and 6.51 seconds later, Laws handed over to Joe Wells for the butterfly. 

He swam his leg in 60.33 seconds on his national debut before Nathan Wells brought the team home with a 52.29 freestyle leg to secure 20th place for West Norfolk.

Wednesday saw Nathan Wells swim 2:7.21 seconds to secure a spot in the 200m individual medley, qualifying ninth fastest. That evening he went on to better his time to 2:6.99 seconds – again taking ninth place.

As the event drew to a close, Nathan Wells swam a 2:8.14 200m backstroke to end his nationals with a 15th place finish, while O’Brien was back for the 100m breaststroke, finishing 17th with a time of 1:15.17 seconds.

Attention now turns to the Swim England Championships, which start today.