Long Eaton Swimming Club had their season’s first round of competitive galas last weekend, with the club involved in three levels of competition, from C grade all the way to level one.
The result was a trophy case full of medals and awards for top boys and girls in their age groups, as well as the winning of ‘Top Club’ trophy at two galas the same weekend.
The squad in action at the Derventio Level Two, two-day meet at the Queen’s Leisure Centre in Derby, stepped up to the challenge and all made an impressive start to the season.
With medals for the first three in each age group in each event, gold medals were won by 11-year-old Krissy Tomlinson (ten), 13-year-old Oliver Davidson (eight), 15-year-old Kevin Wallbank (four), 12-year-olds Kay Goulden and William Foster, 14-year-old Tyler-Anne Black, ten-year old Katie Salone and nine-year-old Maddison Walker.
All swimmers contributed to the points tally that saw them receive the Top Team Trophy presented by ASA East Midland Region President Terry Bream.
For nine-year-old Maddi Walker it was a brilliant first open meet. Not being able to compete until reaching her ninth birthday, Maddi was nine just a week ago and to come away with four medals including gold at this level certainly marks her out as a real prospect.
Whilst these swimmers were at Derby, another team were at the Rykneld Graded Open Meet at Clay Cross and they too won the Top Team award.
Helping to add to the final points tally it was five first places each for Joshua Halford and Jacob Hunt, nine-year-old Lana Dilks, 11-year-olds Imogen Marshall (two), Oliver Tipping and Lydia Marshall, 12-year-old Kathryn Parsons, Kyle Hazelton and Ruth Witten, and 13-year-olds Lucy Parsons (three) and Vaughan Bryan.
A small number of swimmers travelled to Sheffield’s Ponds Forge to the Robin Hood Level One meet where they gained valuable experience in a long course, 50 metre pool.
Next weekend sees the first round of the National Arena League where two teams are fielded and with Long Eaton aiming to progress through the three Regional rounds.