Deepings swimmers show promising signs at the Derventio Excel meet in Matlock, Derbyshire, as Jessica O'Herlihy claims eight medals
Deepings Swimming Club rose to the challenge of an early season open meet last weekend by claiming 28 medals against strong competition.
The team of 13 swam at the Derventio Excel level two short course meet in Matlock in Derbyshire and showed promising signs for the season ahead.
In total, five gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze medals were won with the girls’ squad edging the boys in the final tally.
Four girls took a share of the spoils with Jessica O’Herlihy the most successful Deepings swimmer over the weekend with eight medals in the 13yrs age group.
A dominant display in the 50m butterfly saw Jessica leave her rivals trailing to win gold. She collected silver in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 50m backstroke and added bronze in the 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 400IM.
Her outstanding weekend was crowned by winning the top girl award in her age group.
Breaststroke specialist Lorna McGill doubled up in the 50m and 200m events in the 15/16yrs age group to claim a pair of gold medals. She also achieved a short-course personal best in the 200m event after a powerful finish down the final length.
Holly Roffe was in impressive form in the 10/11yrs age group, coming away with five medals – three silver and two bronze.
In the 200IM, an excellent freestyle leg saw her swim past the competition to claim silver. She repeated the feat in the 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly for a hat-trick of silvers, adding a brace of bronze medals in the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
Completing the medal haul for the girls was Bethany Eagle-Brown who won three silvers in the 15/16yrs category in the 50m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly, with bronze in the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle.
Jacob Briers was the pick of the boys over the weekend with a pair of breaststroke golds in the 10/11yrs age group.
In the 50m breaststroke, a new personal best took him to first while a strong early season swim in the 200m breaststroke completed the double.
He ended the weekend with bronze in the 100m breaststroke which, when added to several fourth place finishes, was enough to secure third place in the top boy award in his age group.
At the opposite end of the age categories were Louis Metselaar and Tom Neal, competing in the 17/O age group.
Louis added to the boys’ breaststroke tally with silver in the 50m event while Tom won four medals - silver in the 50m backstroke and bronze in the 50m and 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke.
Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club head coach, was delighted with the first senior squad competition of the season.
She said: “The team has been in heavy training since we returned from the summer break and I was looking for them to get within two per cent of their personal bests.
“Most of them did much better than this with some outstanding swims.
“It’s shaping up to be another great season for Deepings.”
The following swimmers also competed in Matlock, securing several personal bests and county qualifying times: Molly Briers, Holly Leggott, Hannah Matthews, Christian Rollinson, Harry Cardell and Tom Adams.
Over the same weekend, four Deepings swimmers represented Lincolnshire in the junior inter-county competition.
Lilly Tappern, Emma Dennis, Holly Roffe and Maya Sangiorgio pulled on the county green at the 50m long course pool in Luton, lining up against competitors from Norfolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Warwickshire, Suffolk, Leicestershire and Bedfordshire.
Lilly won the 12yrs 100m butterfly while Holly was eighth in the 11yrs 50m freestyle and fifth in the 50m butterfly.
Emma was seventh in the 11yrs 50m breaststroke and Maya finished sixth in the 10yrs 50m butterfly.
Despite the best efforts of the Deepings quartet, Lincolnshire finished eighth in the competition.