Deepings Swimming Club compete at the Lincolnshire County Championships
The Lincolnshire County Swimming Championships got underway last weekend with the long distance events in Grantham.
Five Deepings Swimming Club swimmers qualified – three in the 800m freestyle and two in the 1500m freestyle – and all swam personal or season bests.
Eleven-year-old Jacob Briers showed promising signs for the rest of the championships in the 800m on the Saturday.
A strong race, during which he swam unofficial personal bests at the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m marks, resulted in a 17-second personal best and fourth place in the 12yrs age group.
Emma Wilde swam a season best in the 800m freestyle, beating the time she set two months ago by five seconds to finish seventh in the 16/over age group.
Completing day one was Harry Cardell.
A seven-second best, with excellent underwater skills, took Harry to sixth place in the boys 16/over 800m race – just his second time competing over that distance.
The 1500m was on the Sunday and saw Lilly Tappern and Molly Briers take their places on the blocks.
Lilly set a strong pace from the start and settled into a consistent tempo over the 60 lengths to smash her personal best by more than a minute.
She touched home sixth in the 13yrs age group in 19:46.67. On the way, she beat her bests at the 400m and 800m marks.
Molly completed the weekend’s racing, with a one-second personal best to finish 13th in the 14yrs age group.
Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, was pleased with the efforts from the squad.
She said: “It has been a solid start to the county championships with some good performances over the first weekend.”
The county championships take place over three weekends n Grantham and Louth with 29 Deepings swimmers qualifying.
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