27 medals, two club records and a third place finish over busy weekend
Deepings Swimming Club’s top swimmers bagged 27 medals at the Nova Centurion Level 2 Open Meet in Nottingham, while its younger swimmers finished an excellent third in the Junior Fenland League B Final in Whittlesey over a busy weekend of competition.
Twelve swimmers climbed the podium at the Nova Centurion meet, winning seven golds, 10 silvers and 10 bronzes, while the whole squad achieved multiple personal bests and county qualifying times.
Collecting four medals apiece were Lexi Cooper, Holly Leggott and Alex Sadler. Sixteen-year-old Lexi started the meet in fine form, winning silver in the 400m freestyle. She then added bronze in the 200m IM. Lexi finished the meet doubling up in the 200m breaststroke, winning silver, before taking bronze in the 50m breaststroke.
Holly showed her strength in the backstroke, winning medals in all three distances. She took silver in the 50m and 100m, before claiming bronze in the 200m Holly also won silver in the 50m freestyle to cap an outstanding weekend of racing.
Alex returned to form in fine fashion after being hit by a late-season injury before the summer break. The 11-year-old achieved some huge personal bests in backstroke, freestyle and butterfly.
In the 200m butterfly, Alex won gold with a five second PB to set a new club record of 2.47.57. He set his second club record in the 50m backstroke (35.86), winning bronze, and narrowly missed out on a hat-trick of records in the 200m freestyle, where he took silver. Alex won his second bronze in the 50m freestyle.
Sixteen-year-old Tom Adams won two golds as part of a three-medal haul – all in difference strokes, showing his versatility as a swimmer. Tom headed the field in the 50m breaststroke and 200m butterfly and collected bronze in the 50m freestyle.
Emma Dennis dominated the 9/10yrs breaststroke, winning gold in both the 50m and 200m events, while in the boys’ event, Jacob Briers won gold with his final swim of the weekend in the 200m breaststroke.
Completing the gold medal winning performances was Tiffany Wong, who came first in the 50m breaststroke. Tiffany also won silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 50m butterfly where she just missed the club record.
Medals were also won by Bethany Eagle-Brown (silver in the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 50m backstroke), Tom Neal (silver in the 50m backstroke), Lorna McGill (bronze in the 200m breaststroke), Molly Briers (silver in the 200m butterfly) and Zack Treharne (bronze in the 50m freestyle).
Zack’s performances over the weekend were particularly impressive. The thirteen-year-old set new personal bests in all eight of his races, delighting his coaches with some outstanding swimming.
Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, said: “This Level 2 meet had some excellent swimmers and our team more than held its own. There were excellent performances by everyone with some massive personal bests and plenty of medals won. I’m delighted with their progression – all the hard work is really paying off.”
Deepings Swimming Club was also competing in the B Final at the Junior Fenland League, where some impressive swims saw the team finish third against strong competition.
First place finishes were achieved by Millie Bussey, in the 9yrs 25m butterfly and 50m backstroke, and Ed Trofimovas, in the 12yrs 50m backstroke. Ed also finished second in the 100m IM.
Also touching home in second place in their age groups were Ella Gerrard (100m IM and 50m butterfly), Harry Newman (50m freestyle), Grace Edwards (50m backstroke and butterfly), Maddy Partridge (50m freestyle), Millie Herrick (50m backstroke) and Holly Roffe (50m breaststroke).