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Deepings Swimming Club compete at a meeting hosted by South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club

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Twenty-six Deepings Swimming Club swimmers came away with medals at a thrilling open meet in Spalding last weekend.

Hosted by South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club, Deepings took a sizeable squad of 40, several of whom were racing in their first open meet.

The team showed grit and determination – and some impressive skills – to win 80 medals across all age groups, strokes and distances at the competition, which was held over three sessions in one day.

The Deepings swimmers with some of their 80 medals, including 19 gold, 34 silver and 27 bronze.
The Deepings swimmers with some of their 80 medals, including 19 gold, 34 silver and 27 bronze.

Despite the club training around half the hours of rivals due to the closure of Deepings Leisure Centre in July, a series of outstanding performances resulted in a medal haul of 19 gold, 34 silver and 27 bronze.

Nine-year-old Lucy Jenkinson had a weekend to remember in only her second open meet, bagging eight medals.

Lucy won four golds in the 50m and 200m backstroke, 200m individual medley and 200m freestyle, a trio of silvers in the 50m and 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke, and bronze in the 50m breaststroke. She was one of six Deepings swimmers in the youngest age category and they all showed exciting promise for the future.

Florence Carlson exemplified the high level of inter-club competition by out-touching Lucy to claim gold in the 100m backstroke, adding silver in the 50m backstroke.

Olivia King, competing in her first open meet, won gold in the 50m breaststroke, silver in the 100m individual medley and bronze in the 100m freestyle, while Olivia Laud took bronze in the 100m individual medley .

Meanwhile, two nine-year-old boys also enjoyed an excellent competition.

In a busy racing schedule, Ashton Hunter showed strength and courage to win seven silver medals, in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke, 200m individual medley and 50m butterfly.

Team-mate Oliver Clarke collected medals in all four 50m events, including silver in the breaststroke and bronze in the freestyle, butterfly and backstroke. He also won silver in the 100m individual medley.

In the girls 10yrs age group, Orla Bailey won gold in the 100m backstroke and silver in the 100m breaststroke, while Sophie Robinson took bronze in the 100m backstroke.

Four girls took home medals in the 11yrs age group, topped by Mieke McDonald’s golden hat-trick in the 200m individual medley, 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly, after a dominant display of power and resolve. Mieke also took silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 100m individual medley.

Adding to the gold tally was Eydee Chilvers who touched home first in the 50m backstroke. She also took silver behind Mieke in the 200IM with a seven-second personal best.

Charlotte Jenkinson finished in the top three a total of four times, with silver in the 50m butterfly and 200m breaststroke, and bronze in the 100m butterfly and 200m backstroke, while Grace Hurn won bronze in the 50m butterfly to ensure Deepings’ swimmers netted all the medals in that event.

Deepings’ 13yrs age group swimmers dominated the butterfly races.

Sadie Hunter took gold in the 100m and 200m, plus bronze in the 50m, while Kendra Greenwood-Covell won bronze in the 200m.

Sadie capped a fine open meet with silver in the 100m backstroke and bronze in the 50m backstroke for a personal tally of five medals.

Competing in the top 15/O age group, often against older swimmers, were 15-year-olds Molly Briers and Penny Baxter.

They took two bronze medals apiece, all in the longer events and all in county consideration times: Molly in the 200m individual medley and 200m backstroke, Penny in the 200m breaststroke and 200m freestyle.

In addition to Ashton and Oliver, 10 other Deepings boys won medals, six of them gold.

Matt Hall was victorious in the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke in the 10yrs age group, adding silver in the 200m backstroke, while James Cash won the 11yrs 100m individual medley as well as finishing second in the 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley and third in the 100m breaststroke, to display excellent versatility across all strokes.

Deepings joint club captain Harry Cardell put on yet another outstanding demonstration of skills, adding in a new-found steely competitive edge.

The 17-year-old simply outclassed the field to win gold in the 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly.

He added silver in the 200m individual medley and 100m freestyle and finished the day with bronze in the 50m freestyle to win medals in all six of his events.

Medallists in full


9yrs - Lucy Jenkinson: gold - 200m individual medley , 200m freestyle, 50m and 200m backstroke; silver – 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke; bronze – 50m breaststroke. Olivia King: gold – 50m breaststroke; silver – 100m individual medley ; bronze – 100m freestyle. Olivia Laud: bronze – 100m individual medley. Florence Carlson: gold – 100m backstroke; silver - 50m backstroke

10yrs - Orla Bailey: gold - 100m backstroke; silver – 100m breaststroke. Sophie Robinson: bronze - 100m backstroke.

11yrs - Mieke McDonald: gold – 200m individual medley , 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly; silver - 50m freestyle; bronze – 100m individual medley. Eydee Chilvers: gold – 50m backstroke; silver - 200m individual medley. Charlotte Jenkinson: silver – 200m breaststroke, 50m butterfly; bronze – 100m butterfly, 200m backstroke. Grace Hurn: bronze - 50m butterfly

13yrs - Sadie Hunter: gold – 100m and 200m butterfly; silver - 100m backstroke; bronze - 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke. Kendra Greenwood-Covell: bronze 200m butterfly.

15/O - Molly Briers: bronze – 200m individual medley, 200m backstroke. Penny Baxter: bronze – 200m breaststroke, 200m freestyle


9yrs - Ashton Hunter: silver – 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke, 200IM, 50m butterfly. Oliver Clarke: silver – 50m breaststroke, 100m individual medley; bronze – 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke

10yrs - Matt Hall: gold - 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke; silver – 200m backstroke. Noah Skinner: silver – 200m breaststroke; bronze – 100m breaststroke, 50m backstroke. Thomas Burdock: silver - 50m backstroke; bronze - 200m breaststroke

11yrs - James Cash: gold - 100m individual medley; silver - 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly; bronze - 100m breaststroke. Charlie Barker: bronze – 200m backstroke.

12yrs - Jack Bell: silver – 100m backstroke; bronze - 100m butterfly. William Burdock: bronze – 100m backstroke.

13yrs - Jacob Briers: silver – 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke. Jack Craddock: bronze – 200m butterfly

15/O - Harry Cardell: gold – 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly; silver – 200IM, 100m freestyle; bronze – 50m freestyle.

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