Deepings Swimming Club’s top squads competed at the level 1 City of Derby open meet in January against clubs from across the county.

The meet, held at the long-course 50-metre Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield, saw the team competing against some of the best club swimmers in the country.

Ten-year-old Emma Dennis was the only medallist at the event, although other swimmers achieved regional qualifying times and a host of personal bests.

Emma, competing in her first long-course competition, won bronze in the 200m breaststroke in a time that matched her short-course best. In the 50m breaststroke, she dipped under 45 seconds for the first time, and also hit her PBs in the 100m and 200m freestyle.

Bethany Eagle-Brown swam new PBs in five events, including a new club record sub-one-minute 100m freestyle in a 50-metre pool (59.88). The fifteen-year-old also set new marks in the 50m freestyle, 50m and 200m butterfly (achieving East Midlands regional qualifying times in all three), and 200IM.

Zack Treharne gained his first ever East Midlands regional qualifying time, in the 50m backstroke, swimming 32.66.

Also achieving regional qualifying times were Molly Briers in the 100m butterfly, knocking two seconds off her personal best to swim 1.17.94, Louis Metselaar in the 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly, and Alex Sadler in the 100m freestyle and 200IM.

Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, said: “This was our first competition after a short break over Christmas and the team worked hard to achieve some excellent times. Many of our younger swimmers were swimming long-course for the first time but they weren’t overawed and produced some strong performances. It was a good test for them ahead of the county championships which start this weekend.”

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