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Deepings Swimming Club put down a marker at the start of its long course season as 11 swimmers brought home medals from the Corby Amateur Swimming Club open meet.

Competing against a high-class field, Deepings came away with 29 medals – six gold, eight silver and 15 bronze – with all members of the 38-strong team, some of whom were racing in a 50-metre pool for the first time, achieving personal bests and showing outstanding skills.

Making his debut in a long course pool, nine-year-old Ashton Hunter claimed six medals and smashed six Deepings long course club records, all while racing against older boys in the 10/11yrs age group.

Representatives from the Deepings Swimming Club squad which competed at the Corby Open Meet last weekend
Representatives from the Deepings Swimming Club squad which competed at the Corby Open Meet last weekend

In his first ever 100m butterfly race, Ashton won gold in an impressive 1:38.78, almost six seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

A second gold was clinched in the 100m backstroke, followed by a silver in the 100m freestyle. He set new nine-years age category club records in all three.

Showing his versatility across all four strokes, Ashton won a trio of bronzes in the 200m individual medley, 50m backstroke (both new club records) and 50m freestyle, and set his sixth club record in the 50m butterfly to cap an excellent weekend.

His sister, Sadie, proved the swimming gene is strong in the Hunter household with three medals of her own, including gold in the 200m butterfly - setting a new Deepings long course club record in the process – plus silver in the 200m backstroke and bronze in the 100m backstroke. All were swum in new long course personal bests.

Adding five medals to the Deepings collection was Jacob Briers.

Competing in the 14 years age group, Jacob doubled up in the middle-distance events with gold in both the 400m individual medley and 400m freestyle, the latter in an excellent best of 5:06.42.

He took his third gold in the 200m butterfly and added a pair of breaststroke bronzes in the 100m and 200m.

Millie Herrick achieved the unusual feat of medalling in all four freestyle events in the 15yrs age group, with silver in the 50m sprint and 400m mid-distance events, plus bronze in the 100m and 200m.

Deepings club captain Harry Cardell was his usual model of consistency, picking up a 16/O age group silver in the 200m individual medley plus bronze in the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle. He set new long course bests in both 200m events.

More butterfly glory was to follow across the age groups, as the club exhibited its improving depth of quality since moving home to Stamford Endowed Schools at the start of the year.

Kendra Greenwood-Covell set a new best to win silver in the 14yrs 200m butterfly, while long-course debutants Jack Bell (silver – 13yrs 100m butterfly), Chloe Bellis (bronze – 11yrs 50m butterfly) and Lucy Jenkinson (bronze – 10/11yrs 100m butterfly) had exceptional races to claim their medals.

Another long-course debutant, James Cash, enjoyed a memorable weekend, bagging three medals in the 12yrs age group.

In a fiercely fought race, he just out-touched a rival swimmer to take silver in the 50m backstroke, before adding a brace of bronzes in the 200m individual medley and 200m freestyle.

Penny Baxter completed the medal haul with a fine bronze in the 16/O 200m breaststroke.

Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, was delighted with the performances in the club’s first long-course competition for eight months.

“We had a lot of swimmers who haven’t competed in a 50-metre pool before but none of them were overawed by the occasion,” she said.

“Everyone has improved their skills since the start of the season, and they are now benefiting from the hard work in training.

“I was particularly pleased by the excellent team spirit on poolside, with swimmers cheering each other on and supporting each other.”

Also putting in excellent performances over the weekend were: Emma Affleck, Orla Bailey, Sophie Baskeyfield, Joe Black, William and Thomas Burdock, Florence Carlson, Bailey and Eydee Chilvers, Vincent Clare, Jack and Hannah Cradock, Lottie Flatters, Sam O’Hanlon, Grace Hurn, Charlotte Jenkinson, Olivia King, Olivia Laud, Mieke McDonald, Jemma and Sam Munro, Isabella Reynolds, Oliver Shepherd, Lewis Tarver, Eleanor Twinley and Isobel Vause.

Tony Baskeyfield, Paul Smith-Shelton and Kerys Arundell at the Calverton and Bingham Swimming Club ninth annual Masters Open Meet. (55804779)
Tony Baskeyfield, Paul Smith-Shelton and Kerys Arundell at the Calverton and Bingham Swimming Club ninth annual Masters Open Meet. (55804779)

A trio of Masters swimmers travelled to Nottingham to represent Deepings Swimming Club at the Calverton and Bingham Swimming Club ninth annual Masters Open Meet.

Tony Baskeyfield, Kerys Arundell and Paul Smith-Shelton competed in 14 races and finished in the top three an incredible 12 times, with one first, eight second and three third place finishes.

Tony and Kerys also stepped onto the podium in the age group top male and female competition with Tony claiming silver in the 65-69 category and Kerys taking bronze in the 35-39 age group.

Paul narrowly missed making it a hat-trick, finishing in fourth place in the 50-54 group.

The three swimmers, now training with Deepings at Stamford Endowed Schools, also combined to achieve four personal bests times.

Tony never finished outside of the top three in his six events.

He won the 100m backstroke, took second place in the 50m backstroke, 100 individual medley and 50m butterfly and touched home third in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle.

Kerys, recently returning after surgery for an ankle injury, had three second-place finishes, in the 100m backstroke with a new personal best of 1:37.00, 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle.

Paul's best results came in his preferred breaststroke, where he finished second in the 50m and 100m events, the former in a new best time of 38.59.

He also came third in the 50m freestyle, sixth in the 100m freestyle with a new best of 1:12.12, and eighth in the 50m butterfly.

Deepings Swimming Club head coach Lynn Chapman said: “The Masters don’t get to compete very often, but they made the most of their opportunity at the Calverton & Bingham meet with some excellent performances.

"They have been working hard in training and fully deserved their success.”

Tony Baskeyfield, Paul Smith-Shelton and Kerys Arundell at the Calverton and Bingham Swimming Club ninth annual Masters Open Meet.



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