Deepings Swimming Club compete at the Bassetlaw Open Meet in Worksop
Deepings Swimming Club returned from a road trip to Worksop for the Bassetlaw Open Meet with 32 medals, including seven gold, last weekend.
The Level Three competition, which started on Friday night and ended on Sunday afternoon, saw 15 teams contest for honours, with Deepings bringing a squad of 12 swimmers.
The girls team accounted for four of the club’s gold medals with Sophie Baskeyfield leading the way in the 17/O butterfly events by winning both the 50m and 200m.
She also claimed silver in the 50m backstroke and a pair of bronze medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle.
Molly Briers, competing in the 15yrs age group, finished first in the 200m individual medley and 200m butterfly and showed her versatility in the sprint events with a brace of silvers in the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke.
Deepings’ prowess in the butterfly events was further exemplified by Sadie Hunter who brought home two silvers in the 13yrs 100m and 200m races – missing gold in the latter by just one-tenth of a second as she set a new personal best of 2:40.10. Sadie made it a hat-trick of silvers in the 400m freestyle.
Completing the medal tally for the girls was 15-year-old Penny Baxter with a trio of bronzes in the 200m and 400m freestyle, and 100m breaststroke, the latter two both in new personal best times.
Three boys collected gold medals with four other squad members winning silvers and bronzes.
Harry Cardell set the perfect example as club captain with a string of impressive performances across a range of strokes and distances.
He took gold in the 17/O 50m backstroke, added four silvers in the 200m individual medley , 50m and 200m butterfly, and 400m freestyle, and completed an excellent weekend with bronze in the 200m freestyle.
Sixteen-year-old Bailey Jackson-Chilvers also collected medals of each colour after touching home first in the 50m backstroke, second in the 50m butterfly and swimming two new personal bests to come third in the 200m individual medley and 50m breaststroke.
Deepings’ final gold was won by Jacob Briers, who set a new personal best of 1:21.59 to clinch first place in the 13yrs 100m breaststroke in a highly competitive field.
Jacob also collected two bronze medals, in the 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke.
Also competing in the 13yrs age group was Finlay Smith who swam a sensational 21-second personal best to win bronze in the 200m backstroke in 3:21.75.
Two of the younger squad members also came away with medals.
Joe Black won bronze in the 11yrs 200m and 400m freestyle, while Oliver Shepherd took bronze in the 12yrs 200m freestyle.
Lynn Chapman, commenting on the club’s final competition of 2021, said: “It has been a tough year, but we’ve ended on a high with some excellent results by the team.
“Our sights are now set on a solid training block before the county championships start in January.”
13yrs age group - Sadie Hunter: silver – 100m and 200m butterfly, 400m freestyle; 15yrs age group - Molly Briers: gold – 200IM and 200m butterfly; silver – 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke; Penny Baxter: bronze – 200m and 400m freestyle, 100m breaststroke; 17/O age group - Sophie Baskeyfield: gold – 50m and 200m butterfly; silver - 50m backstroke; bronze – 50m and 100m freestyle.
11yrs age group - Joe Black: bronze – 200m and 400m freestyle; 12yrs age group - Oliver Shepherd: bronze - 200m freestyle; 13yrs age group - Jacob Briers: gold – 100m breaststroke; bronze – 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke; Finlay Smith: bronze – 200m backstroke; 16yrs age group - Bailey Jackson-Chilvers: gold - 50m backstroke; silver – 50m butterfly; bronze - 200IM and 50m breaststroke; 17/O age group - Harry Cardell: gold - 50m backstroke; silver - 200IM, 50m and 200m butterfly, 400m freestyle; bronze - 200m freestyle
Also competing for Deepings were: Jack Cradock, Hannah Cradock, Eydee Chilvers and William Burdock.