Brilliant bounty for Deepings swimmers
Seven club records fell as Deepings Swimming Club returned victorious from last weekend’s Boston Open Meet with a bounty of 103 medals.
Success came in all age groups and all strokes as the team topped the podium 37 times, took 29 silvers and added 37 bronze medals.
Alex Sadler, Tiffany Wong and Bethany Eagle-Brown set new club records with some scintillating performances in the pool.
Alex’s three records came in the 50m butterfly, 100m and 200m backstroke, winning gold in each of the races.
The 11-year-old added further golds in the 50m and 200m freestyle and 200m butterfly, taking his tally to six, as well as winning silver in the 400 freestyle.
Twelve-year-old Tiffany bagged a brace of club records as part of her seven medals.
In the 50m backstroke, she rewrote the Deepings history book by breaking a record that had stood for 17 years, winning silver in the process.
Tiffany went on the lower the club record in the 100m individual medley (IM) with gold, and then added further golds in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke, plus bronze in the 100m butterfly.
In the 50m freestyle, she dipped below the magic 30-second mark for the first time, winning in a time of 29.27.
Fifteen-year-old Bethany Eagle-Brown already holds the club records for 100IM and 100m freestyle in the 14-year-old age category and she has now taken the 15 age group too after a couple of gold-medal performances, including her first sub 59-second 100m freestyle.
Bethany also won the 100m butterfly, added silver in 50m butterfly and bronze in the 200IM and 50m freestyle.
The flood of gold medals never stopped flowing over the two days of competition, which took place at Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham.
Emma Dennis dominated the longer distances in the 10-year-old age group, winning the 200IM, 200m backstroke, 100m and 200m breaststroke, and the 400m freestyle. She also chalked up silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 200m backstroke.
Holly Leggott doubled up in the backstroke, with gold in the 100m and 200m, while Lara Treharne collected a pair of golds in the 50m and 100m butterfly, and Lucia Karic won the 200IM and 200m freestyle.
In another momentous moment, Holly broke the one minute barrier in the 100m freestyle for the first time, coming home in 59.76 to take silver.
Capping a golden meet for the girls’ squad were Millie Bussey (50m butterfly), Grace Edwards (100m backstroke) and Lorna McGill (200m breaststroke).
The boys’ team faced strong competition from some of the best swimmers in the country but produced a number of outstanding performances to add to the burgeoning medal tally.
Jake Jungmann was in impressive form, winning gold in the 50m and 100m backstroke, and the 100IM.
Zack Treharne and Joseph Lund claimed two golds apiece, Zack touching home first in the 100IM and 100m butterfly and Joseph in the 50m butterfly and 200m backstroke, while Harry Cardell won the 200m butterfly.
Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, said: “Themeet demonstrated the progress our swimmers have made since returning from summer break.
“They have shown great commitment to hard work and a willingness to improve not only their technique but their stamina too.
“The entire squad put in some outstanding performances and has made significant improvements – it was a fantastic final open meet for 2018.”