Swimmers take major occasion in their stride after East Midlands bow
Four younger members of Deepings Swimming Club competed at their first East Midlands Age Group Regional Championships at the weekend.
Jessica O’Herlihy, Tiffany Wong, Molly Briers and Alex Sadler all qualified for butterfly events at the age group competition, for swimmers up to the age of 13, which was held at the 50 metre pool in Corby, Northamptonshire.
The quartet were joined by senior squad member Jessie Spooner, who competed in the youth 1,500m freestyle.
Alex Sadler, Lincolnshire’s top 11-year-old butterfly swimmer, qualified for all three distances at the championships.
His best performance came in the 200m butterfly where he reached the final, finishing a highly respectable seventh in a new personal best of 2.58.22s.
Alex also competed in the 50m and 100m butterfly, finishing 34th and 20th respectively.
In both, Alex was the highest placed age group swimmer from Lincolnshire, and he set a new Deepings SC club record of 36.21s in the shorter event. Alex now holds age group club records in all three butterfly distances.
Twelve-year-old Molly Briers qualified for two events: the 50m and 200m butterfly.
She finished 15th in the 200m event in a new long course personal best of 3.04.41s, and was the fifth fastest swimmer from Lincolnshire. In the 50m butterfly, Molly was 30th overall, and seventh fastest from the county.
Jessica O’Herlihy, 12, also raced in the 50m butterfly, coming 20th in a new personal best of 35.90s. She was the third fastest of the swimmers from Lincolnshire.
Tiffany Wong competed in the 13-year-old age group and smashed her personal best, swimming 33.91s to finish 20th in the East Midlands and seventh fastest from Lincolnshire.
Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, was delighted with the performances at the age group championships.
“None of our swimmers was overawed by the big occasion and they all did themselves proud, competing against the best swimmers from big city clubs in the East Midlands,” she said.
“Hopefully that has given them the taste for higher level competition and they’ll be working even harder to qualify in more events next year.”
Following a late withdrawal, Jessie Spooner was called up to compete in the all age groups 1,500m freestyle.
It was the first time she competed at that distance and she swam strongly to finish an excellent sixth in the 16-year-old age group.
Lynn said: “Well done Jessie.
“She wasn’t expecting to get the phone call that morning inviting her to compete, but she took it all in her stride and gave a great performance.”
The final round of the East Midlands Regional Championships takes place at the Ponds Forge 50 metre pool in Sheffield on May 7.