Long Eaton swimmers were in action last weekend at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge, competing in the second Derventio eXcel Level One Open Meet of the year.
This meet attracted swimmers from across the country as this was one of the last opportunities to gain a qualifying time for British Gas Nationals Championships in June and July.
It was also an opportunity to swim alongside swimmers such as Caitlin McClatchey, who have already booked their place in the Olympic team.
For the Long Eaton members who train full-time with the Derbyshire Performance Squad it was very rewarding as they strove to achieve the Qualifying Times to take them up to the next level of competition.
For 12-year-old, Elle Price, who has been training with the Derventio Squad since September, it was not one, but two qualifying times in the 100m and 200m backstroke that will see her competing at the national competitions for the first time.
With five finishes in the top three, Pryce finished in overall third position in her age group points competition.
Eleven-year-old Krissy Tomlinson of Ilkeston continued to show her strength and determination, finishing first in the 50 metres freestyle along with seven more second and third place finishes, giving her second place in the points table for her age group.
She will now be swimmming in ten events and relays for Derventio at the Midlands championships and going for a national qualifying time.
Ten-year-old Katie Sloan, who is a member of the Derventio Development Squad and trains with both Derventio and Long Eaton Swimming Club, had a busy two days. She took gold in the 100m freestyle and backstroke and 50m freestyle along with four third-places to secure fifth place in the age group table.
Oliver Davidson put in some strong swims to finish in overall fifth place in the 14-year-old boys.
Coach Spencer George said: “All competing Long Eaton swimmers gave good accounts of themselves, with most achieving new prsonal best times.
“Taking the opportunity to compete long course once again, alongside some of the country’s best swimmers, was all part of their development as good all round competitors.”
l Long Eaton’s youth and senior swimmers then competed at the Midland Championships in Coventry.
Long Eaton SC’s improvement this season is evident as six individual swimmers qualified for this event compared to just two in 2011, along with two relay teams.
Katherine Williamson, Josephine Parker, Chloe Scattergood and Hannah Cox made it through to the finals of their events with Cox taking the silver medal in the 50m breaststroke, the event she will be competing in later in the season at the Senior National Championships.
The swimmers who train full-time with Derventio Excel swim as Derventio at district events, Hannah Jones, Mischa Menzies, Kevin Wallbank, Danny Anderson, Jessica Cross and Tyler Ann Black reaching the finals in all their events.
For Wallbank it was gold medals in the 50 and 200m butterfly, silver in the 200 and 400m individual medley and bronze in the 100m butterfly.
Menzies took silver in both the 50 and 100m freestyle and it was bronze for Cox in the 100m Butterfly.
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