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Changes to uea saturday swimming schedule 2019

Some early notification on changes to the regular Saturday morning swimming sessions at the UEA on the following dates:

11th May 2019 – No swimming (Norfolk Masters gala)

13th July 2019 – 25m mode swimming only 

The above are only the changes that we know about at the moment. Other changes/cancellations are bound to occur throughout the year as the pool is regularly used for meets/galas. These will be added to this list when they have been confirmed. 

European Masters Championships 2018

Four intrepid EASTie explorers ventured out to Kranj in Slovenia to compete in the European Masters Championships.

Debbie Matless swam in the 50 Fly, 100 Fly and 100 Free, medalling in all of her events. Her 100 Fly was an epic encounter, missing out on gold by 0.09 seconds.


Natalie Allen swam in the 200 Free, 400 Free and 200 Back. Posting good times throughout and a notable blistering 1st 50 in her 200 Back and several encounters with the lane ropes (I mean come on, who would organise a back stroke event out doors!)


David Borthwick had 2 seasons bests in his 200 Free and 200 IM and an epic  disaster in his 400 Free a full 9 seconds off his best.

Finally Dave Webster after the birth of Iris and a 12 week taper competed well and we were all entertained by his natural charm.           





Fritton Big Swim 2018

A glorious summer of regional outdoor swimming came to an end with this year’s Fritton Big Swim at Fritton Lake. Harry Crisp from EAST set the pace winning the Triple swim competition with overall wins in the 3k (43.58) and 1.5k (21.14) and third place in the 5k (1.10.47) for an overall time of 2.15.59. David Boyce won the ‘veteran’ age group category in the 5k coming in at 1.20.31 and seventh overall. Check out the bling below:


Changes to coached sessions at the Hewett school from 3rd September

Effective from 3rd September 2018, the details of the new/revised Hewett sessions can be found below:

Day Time Coach Change
Tuesday 9pm to 10pm Josh 1 hour pool time instead of 45 minutes
Thursday 6.00am to 7.30am Swan Coach Slight change to time – we still share this session with Swan
Friday 9pm to 10pm Josh New pool time
Sunday 8am to 10am Pat Session moves to earlier time of 8am from 9:30am
Sunday 5pm to 7pm Tina* Session extended from 1 to 2 hours (however swimmers can just do 1 hour)

*Tina is still looking to do both a technical session and a traditional training session on the Sunday evening.  We will be looking to publish Tina’s technical focus for a particular week in advance to give swimmers who are interested in a particular area to attend the relevant session.

The full updated training session timetable can be seen on the Training page.

Results for Eastern regional open water championships 2018

8 EAST swimmers took part in the Eastern regional open water champs on a hot Sunday at Whitlingham Broad.

Four swimmers took part in the 3k event with David Boyce and Ray Kirby coming 2nd and 3rd in the 40-49 male age group while Phill won bronze in a very competitive 50-59 age group. Josie put in another solid swim in the women’s race winning the age group gold although the field was a little sparse! Three swimmers swam the later 2k event with Jon G having a great swim to win silver in the men’s 50-59 event while Emmeline and Jane Pye both claimed gold in the women’s race for the 30-34 and 50-59 age groups respectively. Harry C was the only EAST competitor in the final race of the day, the 5k although he was swimming under the Great Yarmouth flag for the day. He rounded off a successful day with bronze in the very competitive 20-24 age group. Full results in the link below:

2018 Open Water Results