Louis and Holly set new personal bests at Midlands Championships
Louis Metselaar and Holly Leggott both broke Deepings Swimming Club records at the Midlands Winter Short Course Championships.
The two club captains posted outstanding personal bests against the top swimmers from across the Midlands at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village swimming pool in Nottingham last weekend.
They were part of a Deepings’ team of six, which included Jake Jungmann, Bethany Eagle-Brown, Tom Neal and Tom Adams. Jessie Sooner also qualified for the championships but was unfortunately unable to take part.
Louis, who broke the club’s 16yrs age group 100m breaststroke record a few weeks ago, has now surpassed the long-standing 50m record, set in 2001 by Karl Reynolds, with a time of 30.90. He finished ninth overall in the Midlands.
In the 100m breaststroke, Louis was just outside his personal best, finishing 17th. He also competed in the 50m freestyle, setting a new PB, the 100IM and the 50m butterfly.
Holly also enjoyed an excellent weekend of racing. Her best performance came in the 50m backstroke where she broke her own club record, with a new mark of 31.40.
Holly achieved another short course personal best in the 50m freestyle and also competed in the 100m backstroke, narrowly missing her third PB of the championships.
Former club captain Tom Neal qualified for the most events at the championships, taking to the blocks for six races. He also came closest to a Midlands medal, making two finals.
Tom was finger-tips from a bronze in the 50m backstroke, setting a new personal best to finish fourth, and was foiled again in the 100m backstroke final, coming sixth.
His busy weekend continued with races in the 50m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly, and the 100IM.
Bethany Eagle-Brown was the top qualifying girl, making five events.
She was unlucky not to reach the 100m butterfly final, setting a new personal best to finish in fifth place in the 14/U age group, but 12th overall. Only the eight fastest swimmers from all the age groups combined made the final.
Bethany also competed in the 50m butterfly, the 50m and 100m freestyle, and the 100m individual medley (IM).
Also in action was Tom Adams, who doubled up in the butterfly, racing in the 50m and 200m events, while Jake Jungmann completed the championship squad, swimming a new personal best in the 100IM.
Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, said: “All six of our swimmers had an outstanding weekend of racing, with many personal bests and county qualifying times.
“Louis and Holly, in particular, are lighting up the season with their club records and they, together with the rest of the Midlands squad, should now be setting their sights on national qualifying times.”