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Deepings swimmer competes for first time at 2019 British Swimming Summer Championships

Bethany Eagle-Brown competed for the first time at the 2019 British Swimming Summer Championships last weekend after qualifying for two events, the 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly.

The 16-year-old was Deepings Swimming Club’s sole representative at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, racing against the nation’s best age-group swimmers.

She secured her place in the 100m freestyle after a brilliant swim in Sheffield back in April when she set a new club record of 59.56secs, while 100m butterfly qualification came two months ago at the East Midland Regional championships where she won the silver medal.

Bethany Eagle-Brown
Bethany Eagle-Brown

In the 100m freestyle at British Champs, Bethany set a blistering pace down the first 50m, turning in 28.82secs, three-tens of a second faster than the time she set in her 100m club record and just outside her 50m personal best.

She tired slightly in the second 50m, suffering the effects of a recent illness which hampered her preparation, and touched home in 59.93 seconds to finish 18th in the 16 years age

Bethany returned to the pool on Sunday to race in the 100m butterfly and put in another excellent performance. A strong dive off the blocks saw her quickly into her stroke and within touching distance of the frontrunners after 50m. She finished just outside her personal best in 1:05.69 to come a respectable 16th in her age group, narrowly missing a place in the final.

Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, was delighted with both races.

“This was Bethany’s first experience of British Champs but she wasn’t overawed by the step up in class,” Lynn said.

“She worked hard in both her events to finish inside the top 20 in her age group. I hope this experience will now spur her onto even greater

Bethany will now join teammate Louis Metselaar at this weekend’s Swim England National Summer Meet in Sheffield where she will swim 50m butterfly, while Louis will compete in the 50m breaststroke.

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