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Quartet compete against some of the best swimmers in Britain




Tom Neal and Holly Leggott broke two club records apiece as Deepings Swimming Club travelled north of the border to compete in the Scottish National Short Course Championships last weekend.

Tom and Holly were joined by Bethany Eagle-Brown and Lorna McGill at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

The quartet raced in 22 events against some of the best swimmers in Britain over the three-day competition, achieving 11 personal bests between them.

The Deepings quartet which competed at the Scottish National Short Course Champs. They are: Tom Neal, Bethany Eagle-Brown, Holly Leggott and Lorna McGill. (5968690)
The Deepings quartet which competed at the Scottish National Short Course Champs. They are: Tom Neal, Bethany Eagle-Brown, Holly Leggott and Lorna McGill. (5968690)

In the 200m backstroke, Tom lowered his lifetime best by seven seconds to break Alex Thurston’s 16-year-old Deepings Swimming Club record, setting a new mark of 2.07.94. He finished an impressive 21st out of 83 competitors.

Tom repeated the feat in the 100m backstroke, dipping under 59 seconds for the first time to set a new club record of 58.71. This time, he broke Alex’s 15-year-old record, and finished 26th of 95.

During an outstanding weekend of competition, Tom went on to achieve new personal bests in the 100IM, 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly. In his seven races, Tom never finished outside the top 50.

Holly rounded off 2018 in fine style by lowering two of her own 16yrs age group club records in the 50m and 100m backstroke, at 31.28 and 1.06.68 respectively.

She also set a new personal best in the 100m freestyle, dipping under the one-minute marker for the second time in as many weeks to register 59.46.

In her seven races, Holly finished inside the top 50 twice, with her best performance coming in the 50m freestyle where she came 38th out of 100 competitors. She also competed in the 200m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle.

Bethany qualified for seven events at the Scottish short course champs, with her highest finish coming in the 100IM where she was 38th out of 79.

She set a new personal best in the 50m backstroke, breaking 32 seconds for the first time at 31.97, and also raced in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly.

Completing the weekend’s racing was Lorna who made her debut in the Edinburgh pool.

Lorna had an excellent swim in the 200m breaststroke, finishing in 2.55.31, narrowly outside her personal best.

Deepings Swimming Club head coach Lynn Chapman, who travelled with the squad, said: “Congratulations to all four swimmers who qualified for this high quality meet.

"They all showed a positive and focused attitude to their races, and delivered some outstanding performances.”



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