Golden quartet as Deepings enjoy a record-breaking winning sequence

Holly Leggott.
Holly Leggott.
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Bethany Eagle-Brown and Holly Leggott broke club records as Deepings 
Swimming Club came away with 25 medals, four of them gold, from the Leicester Age Group Meet last weekend.

Already the club’s record holder as a 14-year-old, Bethany went under one minute in the 100m freestyle to now break the club record as a 15-year-old, winning bronze in the process, while Holly smashed the 50m backstroke record for 15 year olds, winning silver.

Gold medal-winning performances came from several younger members of the squad, showing the club’s growing strength in depth.

Nine-year-olds Lucia Karic (50m backstroke) and Emma Dennis (100m breaststroke) finished first in their age groups, while 10-year-old Alex Sadler won the 200m butterfly. Holly Leggott completed the golden quartet in the 50m freestyle.

All four were also among the club’s silver medallists. Emma swam a new personal best to finish second in the 50m butterfly and Lucia did likewise in the 100m freestyle. Alex took silver in the 100m fly and Holly doubled up in the 50m and 100m backstroke.

Also winning silver were Jacob Briers (50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke), Harry Cardell (200m butterfly), Jake Jungmann (100m breaststroke), Bethany Eagle-Brown (50m and 100m butterfly), Amy Tappern (400m IM) and Joe Lund (200m IM).

Six swimmers won bronze medals - Bethany Eagle Brown in the 100m freestyle, Jake Jungmann in 50m backstroke, Jacob Briers in 100m freestyle, Kelda McKnight in the 200m IM and 200m backstroke, Joe Lund in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, and Lorna McGill in the 200m breaststroke.

In addition to medals, the squad was competing hard for Midlands qualifying times. They achieved 16, including Lorna McGill and Emma Wilde for the first time, in addition to an impressive 135 personal bests.

Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, said: “This was a good result for the club in a tough competition with many swimmers seeking Midland times.

“I’m delighted with everyone’s performances, particularly the younger members of the squad who all swam hard to achieve some excellent personal bests.”

Deepings Swimming Club also competed in round one of the Junior Fenland League over the same weekend, with some swimmers making an 85-mile journey from Leicester to Newmarket to take part in both meets. The club finished fourth, with four swimmers winning their races.

Lucia Karic (50m breaststroke) and Ella Gerrard (50m freestyle) travelled from the Leicester open meet to compete and finished first in their respective age groups, while Maddy Partridge doubled up in the 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle.

The junior squad also achieved 26 personal bests.