National medals for swimmer

Dereham double bronze medallist, Marcella Aris, 14, who swims for City of Norwich, has just got back from the National Youth Swimming Championships, held in Sheffield, with the two medals in her bag.

Dereham double bronze medallist, Marcella Aris, 14, who swims for City of Norwich, has just got back from the National Youth Swimming Championships, held in Sheffield, with the two medals in her bag.

Marcella was competing in the youth age group 14-17 years for the first time. The age group is split in two age groups 14-15 and 16-17.

On the first day she swam a magnificent 1500m freestyle in a massive 22-second personal best time of 17:07.56 to take the bronze medal, beaten only by two 15-year-olds.

On day two she had to compete in the 400m freestyle heats, in which she finished seventh.


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That same evening she had to swim in the 400m freestyle final, before a packed crowd. Not letting the occasion get to her, she swam the 400m of her life, coming home in 4:19.10, a six-second pb, for the bronze medal.

On day three, she swam a superb 800m freestyle to finish fourth in a pb 8:59.51 the fastest 14-year-old in the country this year over the distance.

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On day four Aris led off the 4x200m relay team, setting a new pb for 200m freestyle, 2:06.51, and leading them to a final place.

This year Marcella won a Norfolk County Council Sports Aid award, and would like to thank them for the support this gave her in achieving her successes.

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