Long Eaton swimmers in good shape

MEMBERS of all of Long Eaton Swimming Club’s squads made the short journey to Derby last weekend to compete in City of Derby Swimming Club, two day, level three Open Meet.

The level of competition allows for swimmers to gain all-important qualifying times to compete at the forthcoming District Championships, and clubs from outside the county travelled for several hours to take the opportunity to make the times, making for some exciting racing.

The 11-year-old boys entered a wide range of events and for Matthew Cartwright there were wins in the 100 and 50m backstroke and 100m individual medley with a further four second places.

Oliver Tipping won the 100m breaststroke, with eight top six finishes in his other events. Oliver Dodic completed the trio from this age group with two third-place finishes.

Club captain Josephine Parker won the 50m freestyle and came second in the 100m final, as well as fifth in the 100m final of the butterfly in the 15-year age group.

Hannah Dowell, swimming in the same age group, had three top six finishes, while 13-year-old Erin Dilks finished sixth in the final of the 100m backstroke in addition to three other top six finishes. Christopher Stray came sixth in the 100m breaststroke final and second in the 200m breaststroke.

In the 14-year-olds, Bethanie Dennis was sixth in the 100m breaststroke final and scored two more top six placings, whilst Adam Godwin took fourth in the 100m back stroke with a further four top six finishes.

Twelve-year-old Megan Smart swam to victory in the 50m freestyle.

Other top six placings went to nine-year-olds Madison Walker (6) and Larna Dilks, ten-year-old Mimi Roberts, 12-year-olds Joshua Bestwick (3), Kyle Hazleton (4) and Larna Wilcox, and 13-year-olds Chloe Blaydon (4) and William Foster.

Alex Phillips, coach of the club’s Junior 3 squad, said: “Despite a lengthy Easter break, I am delighted with some of the results at the weekend.

“For most swimmers, this was their last chance to achieve Midland qualification times and a number of them achieved this, whilst others continued to improve on their personal best times.”

l On Sunday Helen Akers, Laura Marinella, Colin Prescott and Maggi Tuck swam as part of the Derbyshire team competing at Beechdale Baths in Nottingham in the East Midland Inter-Counties Masters’ Challenge hosted by Nottinghamshire.

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