Maya claims golden hat-trick at Lincolnshire County Champs
Deepings Swimming Club bagged 18 medals at the second weekend of the Lincolnshire County Championships with some huge personal bests from the squad of 24.
The team arrived at the Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham in peak condition after a month of intense training following the Christmas break and was rewarded with a series of strong swims over the 14 races.
The weekend began with the 400m events on the Saturday. Maya Sangiorgio got the team off to a perfect start by taking gold in the 10/11yrs 400m freestyle with a massive 31-second personal best. Shortly afterwards, Bethany Eagle-Brown set a new Deepings club record of 4:33.81 to win silver in the 16/over age group.
In the 400m individual medley, Lilly Tappern won bronze with a six-second PB which also achieved the Midland qualifying time.
The action switched to the shorter events on the Sunday with Maya again taking centre stage. She sliced 10 seconds off her PB in the 200m freestyle to win her second gold and completed a perfect hat-trick with first place in the 100m butterfly after swimming a nine-second PB.
Both the 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly were to prove fruitful hunting ground for Deepings. In the 12yrs age group, Holly Roffe took huge chunks off her personal bests to take double gold, Bethany Eagle-Brown won gold in the 16/O 200m freestyle with her second club record and Lilly Tappern touched home first in the 13yrs 100m butterfly.
Holly showed her versatility by taking bronze in the 100m individual medley and silver in the 200m breaststroke, the latter in a 13-second PB to cap a fine weekend of racing, while Bethany took her second gold in the 100m individual medley.
Completing the medal haul for the girls were Lorna McGill with silver in the 16/O 200m breaststroke and Holly Leggott, with bronze in the 16yrs 50m backstroke.
Two boys added to the final tally of nine gold, three silver and six bronze. Tom Neal continued his dominance in the backstroke with gold in the 16/O 50m event and added bronze in the 100m butterfly.
And Tom Adams swam seasons bests to collect a brace of bronzes, in the 200m freestyle and 100m individual medley.
Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, was full of praise for her swimmers.
“We saw phenomenal swimming from everyone,” she said. “The effort from all the swimmers was outstanding and their skills were excellent. The result was well-deserved personal bests and lots of medals.”