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Deepings Swimming Club in action at the Lincolnshire County Championships

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Sadie Hunter swam away from the field in the 200m butterfly to be crowned the junior girls’ champion at the Lincolnshire County Championships, as Deepings Swimming Club enjoyed a successful final weekend of racing.

The 13-year-old was one of four Deepings swimmers to reach the podium at the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth, as the team added 12 medals to the three won the previous weekend at Grantham.

In addition to winning gold in the 200m butterfly 14-years age group, leading from the start to clock a four-second personal best (PB) of 2:36.24, Sadie won bronze in the 100 butterfly and the 200m backstroke, both with huge personal bests.

Deepings Swimming Club ready to take on the best in the county.
Deepings Swimming Club ready to take on the best in the county.

She also swam new best times in the 200m individual medley to finish fourth, the 100m backstroke to come fifth, 50m butterfly (also fifth), and both the 100m and 200m freestyle to complete an outstanding county championships.

While Sadie was Deepings’ most successful girl, 13-year-old Jacob Briers topped the medals’ table for the boys with five, in addition to a bronze won the previous weekend.

A six-second personal best in the 200m breaststroke saw him clinch gold in the 14-years age group and silver in the junior event. His time of 2:52.35 also dipped under the qualification time for the East Midland Championships.

Jacob had further success in the 100m breaststroke, coming from behind to surge through the field in the final 25 metres to win silver in a time of 1:19.52 - another personal best and East Midlands qualifying time.

Although he finished just outside the medals in the 50m event, Jacob made it a hat-trick of breaststroke Midland times with a new best of 36.76.

He completed his medal tally in the 200m butterfly, with silver in the 14-years age group and bronze in the junior category, posting yet another best and Midland time.

Millie Herrick won a brace of bronze medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle 15yrs age group, setting a new best in the shorter event of 29.12.

She showed exceptional form to also set best times in the 100m butterfly, 50m and 100m backstroke, 200m individual medley and 200m freestyle.

Deepings’ final medal of the 2022 championships was won by Mieke McDonald.

Sadie Hunter with the trophy as the 200m butterfly junior champion.
Sadie Hunter with the trophy as the 200m butterfly junior champion.

Competing at her first ever county championships, Mieke showed determination and excellent skills to win bronze in the 100m butterfly 12yrs age group. Her time of 1:27.05 was an incredible 15-second personal best.

She also posted a personal best in the 50m butterfly, finishing sixth.

Mieke was one of seven Deepings swimmers competing at their first county championships and they all excelled on the big stage.

Promising youngster Ashton Hunter swam a big six-second personal best in the 100m backstroke and took one-and-a-half seconds off his 50m freestyle time.

The nine-year-old, who was racing against boys more than a year older in the 10/11-years age group, is tipped to have a bright future.

Competing in the boys 13-years age group, first-timers Jack Bell (50m and 100m backstroke, and 200m butterfly) and Oliver Shepherd (50m butterfly and 100m individual medley) both performed strongly to achieve personal bests, while Jemma Munroe (100m individual medley, 50m backstroke) and Kendra Greenwood-Covell (100m and 200m butterfly) swam new personal best in the girls 14yrs age group.

Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach said: “We had two great days of racing, with all my swimmers impressing with their skills and technique.

“While I was delighted with the medals, special mention must go to club captain Harry Cardell who, while not medalling this weekend, competed in 11 of the 14 events, and swam new personal best in eight of them, including several Midland times.”

Also representing Deepings Swimming Club at the final weekend of the 2022 Lincolnshire County Championships were: Penny Baxter in the 100m freestyle; Lauren Saunderson in the 50m and 200m breaststroke; Molly Briers in the 50m and 200m butterfly, and 50m and 200m backstroke; Sophie Baskeyfield in the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle; and Bailey Jackson-Chilvers in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

The medals took the club’s final tally to 15 at this year’s county championships after the previous weekend when Harry Cardell won a pair of bronze medals in the 400m freestyle and Jacob Briers took bronze in the 400m individual medley.

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