Deepings Swimming Club compete in the National Masters Championships at Ponds Forge
Six members of the Deepings Swimming Club Masters squad travelled to Sheffield at the weekend to compete at the National Masters Championships at Ponds Forge.
The team achieved a multitude of personal bests and capped a fine competition with four Lincolnshire county records and two bronze medals.
Alice Grant set a new county record of 1:43.80 in the 100m butterfly to finish third in the 55-59yrs age group, while Kerys Arundell obliterated her 200m backstroke best by 15 seconds to go 3:24.29 and claim bronze in the 30-35yrs age group.
In her heavy racing schedule, Alice touched home sixth in the 50m butterfly and was just squeezed out of the medals in the 400 individual medley, finishing fourth, and 200 individual medley, where she came fifth. All were both personal bests and new county records. She also finished 10th in the 200m freestyle, setting yet another best.
Kerys showed her strength in the backstroke by finishing seventh in both the 50m and 100m events, the latter also in a new best time, and ended a superb weekend of racing with a best in the gruelling 800m freestyle, finishing 10th in a time of 13:51.09.
Also finishing just out of the medals in multiple races was Jackii Crockett after a series of excellent performances.
Competing in the 60-64yrs age group, Jackii came eighth in the 50m freestyle, seventh in both the 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle, fifth in the 200m freestyle and an agonising fourth in the 100m backstroke. In all bar the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke, Jackii swam new best times.
Further outstanding swims came from the men’s team of Paul Smith-Shelton, Chris Orchard and Tony Baskeyfield.
Paul dipped under 30 seconds for the first time in the 50m freestyle, touching home in 29.41, and also set an 11-second best in the 200m freestyle, smashing through the three-minute mark to finish in 2:58.96.
Competing in the 50-54yrs age group, Paul was narrowly outside his best in his preferred breaststroke, with 1:26.54 in the 100m to come 12th. He completed his weekend with 17th in the 100 individual medley.
Chris opted for the longer events at this year’s nationals and put in two impressive performances, despite limited training time.
A strong 3:38.90 in the 200m backstroke saw him come fourth in the 60-64yrs age group against a field of younger competitors, while a 2:50.01 in the 200m freestyle resulted in a 12th place finish.
Tony raced five events in the 65-69yrs age group, with a best finish of sixth in the 100m backstroke.
A best in the 200m freestyle secured seventh, with eighth in the 50m freestyle, ninth in the 50m butterfly and 12th in the 100 individual medley.
Deepings Swimming Club head coach Lynn Chapman praised the efforts of the senior squad who, much like the rest of the club, have suffered a shortage of training hours following the closure of Deepings Leisure Centre.
She said: “Masters have been training hard whenever they have been in the water and thoroughly deserved their achievements at the nationals.
“I am delighted with their efforts and I hope they come back even more energised and ready for more hard work to accomplish their goals for the rest of the season.”