Younger swimmers excel at Lincolnshire County Champs
Deepings Swimming Club won nine medals at the second weekend of the 2019 Lincolnshire County Championships with some outstanding performances from the younger members of the team.
With many of the senior squad choosing to chase British championships qualifying times at the annual Burns long course open meet in Sheffield over the same weekend, the spotlight shifted to the junior swimmers. And they didn’t disappoint.
In the girls 10/11year-old age group, Lucia Karic and Emma Dennis both came away with medals after producing personal best swims. Lucia won gold in the 200m backstroke, dipping under three minutes for the first time to record 2.59.33, and bronze in the 200IM, also in a new best time.
Emma continued her excellent form in the breaststroke, winning silver in the 100m final. She missed gold by just three-hundredths of a second, but her time of 1.34.11 was a new personal best.
Alex Sadler took his counties medal tally this year to eight with another three podium places. In the 12yrs age group, he won silver in the 200IM and 200m backstroke, and bronze in the 50m freestyle.
Joe Lund, Zack Treharne and Tom Adams also added to their medals from the first weekend of county competition.
Joe swam a huge four-second PB in the 15yrs 100m breaststroke final to take silver in a time of 1.16.74, while Zack collected bronze in the 15yrs 200IM – holding off Joe by less than half a second - and Tom did likewise in the 16/O 200IM.
Zack and Tom came agonisingly close to medalling in the 50m freestyle final, both coming fourth.
In addition to the medallists, the following swimmers made age group finals: in the 50 freestyle: Emma Dennis, Ella Gerrard, Lara Treharne, Lilly Tappern, Hannah Matthews, Zack Treharne and Tom Adams; 50 breaststroke: Tom Adams, Zack Treharne and Bailey Jackson-Chilvers; 100m breaststroke: Lara Treharne, Lexi Cooper and Lorna McGill.
Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, said: “It’s been another good weekend at the county championships even though we were without some of our top senior swimmers. I was delighted by the number of finalists and the performances of our younger swimmers which shows how much strength in depth we have at the club.”
While most of the team was competing at the county champs in Grantham, Bethany Eagle-Brown, Holly Leggott, Louis Metselaar and Tom Neal made the journey north to Sheffield to compete in the annual Burns meet in the hope of swimming British championship qualifying times.
All four swam well, hitting several personal bests, although they ultimately fell just short of achieving their targets.
However, Louis came away with a club record after equalling Alex Wray’s 16yrs 50m butterfly time of 26.80.
The four swimmers still have chances to make the times ahead of the British champs in April.
Lincolnshire County Champs medallists in full
50m freestyle: 12yrs – Alex Sadler, bronze
100m breaststroke: 15yrs – Joe Lund, silver
200m backstroke: 12yrs – Alex Sadler, silver
200IM: 12yrs - Alex Sadler, silver; 15yrs - Zack Treharne, bronze; 16/O - Tom Adams, bronze
100m breaststroke: 10/11yrs – Emma Dennis, silver
200m backstroke: 10/11yrs – Lucia Karic, gold
200IM: 10/11yrs – Lucia Karic, bronze