Long Eaton swimmers look back on a busy few weeks of action

Members of Long Eaton Swimming Club have been in competition at all levels and disciplines of the sport over the recent weeks

At the Midland Youth and Age Group Championships at Coventry, Josephine Parker (two qualifying times), Adam Freudlich (2) and Katherine Williamson made the finals with Hannah Cox taking gold in the 50 metres breaststroke. Gregory Cox, competing in the disability events, took two first places.

Following on from their performances at these events, Long Eaton swimmers Tyler-Anne Black, Hannah Jones, Francesca Muir-Harris, Elle Pryce, Danny Anderson, Matthew Cross, Mischa Menzies and Kevin Wallbank, who train with Derbyshire’s Derventio Squad, are now preparing for the National Competitions later in the month.

At the Derbyshire ASA Open Water Championships at Bosworth Water, 14-year-old Chloe Blaydon came away with a gold medal in the 1500m event.

Swimmers were also able to compete at the City of Derby Level Three Open Meet, again giving an opportunity for some of the young swimmers to experience competitive swimming.

Nine-year-old Summer Simpson won all of her five events with team mate Eliza Walker hot on her heels with four top six finishes. There were wins too for Kye Hazleton (5), Hannah Dowel (2) and Megan Smart (2) and top six finishes for Bradley Evans (2) Isabelle Pearson(2), Lewis Tipping (4), Oliver Dodic (2), Bethany Rae-McLean, Aine O’ Regan, Mollie Daniels (3), Lauren Wilcox (5), Oliver Tipping (4), Samuel Frearson (2), Joshua Bestwick, Megan Tucker (2) and Bethany Dennis (4).

In the final Open Meet of the season, swimmers enjoyed an ‘away’ weekend competing in the Northampton Summer Festival.

With the total of 54 gold, silver and bronze medals, Long Eaton Club were runners up to Ellesmere College Titans in Top Club of the meet.

Those achieving the gold medals were Katie Sloan (3), Esther Halford, Megan Smart, Sam Frearson, Erin Dilks (2), Ben Saunders (2), Adam Freudlich (3), Hannah Dowell (2), Callum Henley and Josephine Parker.

The swimmers now look forward to their summer break with just the Club Championships to come this weekend.