Seven club records fall as Deepings win 28 medals at county champs final weekend
Ten Deepings Swimming Club swimmers medalled at the final weekend of the Lincolnshire County Championships as the action moved to the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth.
The squad swam away with 28 medals - five gold, 13 silver and 10 bronze - to bring the final tally to an impressive 46 medals across the three weekends. Seven Deepings club records also fell and multiple Midlands regional times were achieved after some terrific performances in the pool.
Holly Roffe continued her scintillating form with a hat-trick of gold medals, plus one silver and a bronze, in the 12yrs age group, to take her personal championship collection to nine county medals.
Two of her golds came in new club records, the 50m freestyle (31.10) and 100m freestyle (1:07.12). She also took gold in the 50m butterfly, silver in the 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 50m breaststroke, putting her among the elite in her age group.
Lilly Tappern was also in record-breaking mood as she tore through the field in the 200m butterfly 13yrs age group to win gold in a new Deepings best of 2:36.84. She set her second club record in the 200IM, taking two seconds off the old mark which had stood for 13 years to win silver in a time of 2:36.39.
National swimmer Bethany Eagle-Brown returned to racing after a short break due to injury but showed no signs of fatigue as she lowered her own club record in the 100m freestyle to set a new mark of 58.03. She won silver in the 16/over age group race, added another silver in the 200m butterfly and took bronze in the 50m butterfly.
Deepings’ youngest medallist was Maya Sangiorgio who followed up last weekend’s golden performance with a trio of silvers. In the 10/11yrs 50m freestyle, she broke a long-standing Deepings club record to touch home in second place in a time of 32.08. Maya added silvers in the 200m butterfly and 100m freestyle to complete her first ever county champs in style.
Breaststroke specialist Lorna McGill broke her own 50m club record, swimming 35.78 to win bronze. Lorna also took silver in the 100m race.
The team added to the medal total throughout the weekend and across all events. Grace Edwards swam huge personal bests in the 12yrs 200IM and 200m backstroke to win bronze in both, while in the 16/O age group, Amy Tappern won silver in the 100m backstroke and Holly Leggott claimed a brace of bronzes in the 50m freestyle and 200m backstroke.
Two boys also reached the podium, both in the 16/O age group. Tom Neal won five medals, with a swim of sheer strength and determination in the 50m butterfly taking the final gold of the weekend. Tom seized silver in the 50m freestyle and both 100m and 200m backstroke events, plus bronze in the 100m freestyle.
Teammate Tom Adams continued his run of season’s best racing with silver in the 50m breaststroke, bronze in the 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 200m butterfly.
Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, said: “Everyone was on fire at counties with outstanding performances throughout the championships. The underwater skills were particularly impressive and shows how the swimmers are taking their training culture into competition. It has been a sensational weekend of racing for the club.”
MEDALLISTS IN FULL
- Maya Sangiorgio (10/11yrs): silver 200 butterfly, 50m and 100m freestyle.
- Grace Edwards (12yrs): bronze 200IM and 200m backstroke.
- Lilly Tappern (13yrs): gold 200m butterfly; silver 200IM.
- Holly Roffe (13yrs): gold 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly; silver 100m breaststroke; bronze 50m breaststroke.
- Bethany Eagle-Brown (16/O): silver 200m butterfly and 100m freestyle; bronze 50m butterfly.
- Lorna McGill (16/O): silver 100m breaststroke; bronze 50m breaststroke.
- Amy Tappern (16/O): silver 100m backstroke.
- Holly Leggott (16/O): bronze 50m freestyle and 200m backstroke.
- Tom Neal (16/O): gold 50m butterfly; silver 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m freestyle; bronze 100m freestyle.
- Tom Adams (16/O): silver 50m breaststroke; bronze 100m breaststroke and 200m butterfly.