Standout swims from Proffitt and Edwards in Suffolk County Championships

The West Suffolk Swimming Club team who competed at the Suffolk Championships in Ipswich ANL-151003-112129002
The West Suffolk Swimming Club team who competed at the Suffolk Championships in Ipswich ANL-151003-112129002
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Swimmer Danny Proffitt won a gold and two silver medals at the first Suffolk County Championships meeting, which took place over two days in Ipswich.

Proffitt, from Hundon, was one of a number of competitors who train at Haverhill Leisure Centre to do well.

He showed his class to hold off a field, which included six Ipswich swimmers, to win the boys’ 100m freestyle final.

He also won silver in the 15-and-over 50m backstroke final, ahead of his brother Alex, who came fifth, and Charlie Eshelby, who finished the race in sixth place.

In addition, Proffitt bettered his fourth position in qualifying to win silver in the final of the boys’ 100m backstroke final with a time of 57.59.

His brother Alex came seventh and Eshelby eighth. 

Alex went on to take the title in the boys’ 200m 
butterfly, winning the gold medal in the 15 to 16 years’ category.

Hannah McNaul finished sixth in the ten to 14 years’ 100m butterfly.

In the boys’ 50m backstroke, Connor Gillingham won a silver medal in the nine to 11 years’ final.

The Haverhill contingent among the girls competitions also fared well during the event, with Beth Edwards taking top billing.

Edwards took second place in the 12 to 14 years’ 50m freestyle final in a time of 29.29 and went on to win bronze in the 14 years’ age group for the girls’ 400m individual medley.

She also qualified for the final of the girls 100m breastroke, finishing in eighth.

Newcomer Angharad Evans finished fourth in the nine to 11 years’ age group of the girls’ 50m freestyle with time of 31.07, which gained her a regional qualifying time.

The success of the club’s Nemo programme was shown with a great swim from ten-year-old Charlotte White.

The second block of the Suffolk County Championships takes place this coming weekend at Crown Pools, Ipswich, with the final day being held on Sunday, March 22.