The Lincolnshire County Swimming Championships got underway last weekend with the long distance events in Grantham.

Five Deepings Swimming Club swimmers qualified – three in the 800m freestyle and two in the 1500m freestyle – and all swam personal or season bests.

Eleven-year-old Jacob Briers showed promising signs for the rest of the champs in the 800m on the Saturday. A strong race, during which he swam unofficial personal bests at the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m marks, resulted in a 17-second PB and fourth place in the 12yrs age group.

Emma Wilde swam a season best in the 800m freestyle, beating the time she set two months ago by five seconds to finish seventh in the 16/over age group.

Completing day one was Harry Cardell. A seven-second PB, with excellent underwater skills, took Harry to sixth place in the boys 16/over 800m race – just his second time competing over that distance.

The 1500m was on the Sunday and saw Lilly Tappern and Molly Briers take their places on the blocks.

Lilly set a strong pace from the start and settled into a consistent tempo over the 60 lengths to smash her personal best by more than a minute. She touched home sixth in the 13yrs age group in 19:46.67. On the way, she beat her PBs at the 400m and 800m marks.

Molly completed the weekend’s racing, with a one-second PB to finish 13th in the 14yrs age group.

Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, was pleased with the efforts from the squad.

“It has been a solid start to the county champs with some good performances over the first weekend,” she said.

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