Long Eaton swimmers in the medals

Kevin Wallbank
Kevin Wallbank

SEVERAL Long Eaton swimmers were in action in Corby at the weekend competing in the Midland Short Course Championships.

Fifteen-year-old Kevin Wallbank, who also trains with the county squad Derventio, enjoyed a very successful weekend.

He took five gold medals (200m and 100m individual medley, 200m, 100m and 50m butterfly), a silver medal in the 200m freestyle and two bronze medals (200m freestyle and 400 m individual medley).

Tyler-Anne Black, who also trains with Derventio, won a bronze as a member of the ladies 4x100 m relay team.

Chief coach Spencer George said: “I’m delighted see Kevin’s success which is proof that his continued hard work and dedication to training can bring its rewards. Kevin is a good example to all his team mates at Long Eaton.”

Meanwhile, Long Eaton Masters swimmers were in action at the Etwall Eagles’ Masters’ Open Meet, held at Derby’s Queens Leisure Centre.

Andrew Burnes (50-54 age group) set a new Meet Record in the 25m butterfly as well as winning the 25m and 50m freestyle.

Laura Marinelli (25-29 age group) won the 50m breaststroke, with two second places (50m butterfly and freestyle) and third in the individual medley.

Elizabeth Simpson (35-39 age group) had three wins (100 and 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle) and was second in the 100m backstroke.

Sarah Flear (35-39 age group) had two second placings (25 and 100m breaststroke).

Lisa Tidman (40-44 age group) had two wins (25m butterfly and freestyle) and two third places (50m butterfly and freestyle).

Maggi Tuck (45-49 age group) won the 100m individual medley and 50m butterfly in this age group and was second in both the 25m butterfly and freestyle.

The club now looks forward to next Saturday to the third round of the Arena League where the A Team will travel to Coventry to compete for the first time in the First Division Final.

The B Team, who swim in Division Three, are much nearer home for their third round gala which is at Ilkeston’s Victoria Leisure Centre.