Fine swims from Long Eaton SC

Long Eaton Swimming Club’s first weekend of competition of 2013 saw swimmers from all squads in action at the prestigious City of Derby level one open meet at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Overall there were some outstanding personal best times , including from Francesca Muir-Haris in the 200m free who bettered her previous best by six seconds.

Matt Cross, swimming in the 11/12 age group, continued his recent good form, resulting in him adding the 200 metres backstroke and IM to his growing number of National Qualifying Times, and, with a silver medal in the 400m free and bronze in the 100m free, he was winner of the British Age Group award in his category.

Jess Cross earned third place overall in the 15 and over category, while Hannah Jones took gold in 200m fly and bronze in the 100m fly.

Katie Sloan, 11, earned a PB in the 100m free and her first Midland Region Qualifying Tim of the season.

l The first round of the Leicester League Winter competition saw the team from Long Eaton in action at Corby.

The team of Mimi Roberts, Billy-Seth Grimmett, Sian James,Matthew Cartwright, Chloe Blaydon, Oliver Davidson, Hannah Dowel and Adam Freudlich won the ‘blue ribbon’ race, the final Cannon relay (two swimmers from each age group).

There were individual wins in the Open age group for Freudlich in the 100m IM and breast, Charlie Softley in the 100m back, Callum Henley in the 100m fly, Davidson in the 100m fly and back, and for James in the 50m free.

Final results: Leicester Penguins 211, Hinckley 207, Long Eaton 201, Loughborough 178, Coalville 149, and Corby 118.

l The Dronfield Diddy Challenge Gala was an opportunity for some of the club’s novice swimmers to experience their first taste of competitive swimming as they compete for a place in the Long Eaton teams for the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Junior League later in the year.

Nine-year-olds Matthew Luscombe and Summer Simpson won their 25 m freestyle events and Summer also won her 25m fly.

Final results: Dronfield 201, Ripley Rascals 155, Eckington 140, Long Eaton 97, and Chesterfield 97.