A season of personal bests, medals and success for club

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Long Eaton Swimming Club is looking back on another successful season for all its members.

It started at the 20th Annual Open Meet when Liam Tancock, three times world champion and four times Commonwealth Games gold medallist, was among the guests.

The club was able to put out two teams in the Arena League and both maintained their league positions.

In the Leicester Winter League, Long Eaton gained a place in the final.

Several swimmers in the Diddy team gained their first experience of league swimming.

At the County Championships, Long Eaton swimmers gauged their early season progress, recording many personal and seasonal best times.

The Midland Regional Championships saw 17 qualifiers acquit themselves well.

For the majority of swimmers, the final racing of the year was the Club Championships, which again saw several new competition best times and many personal bests. The event was a sad day for the club, however, as it said goodbye to Lucy Walton, County Squad coach for 18 months.

The season finished with the British and English National Championships at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge, where the club was represented by three ‘home’ swimmers with two others opting to swim at the Welsh Nationals. A further seven club members who train with Derbyshire’s Derventio Excel were in action.

The Masters group won medals at the Midland competitions and Helen Gorman claimed two British records.

Four members — Matt Leach, Liz Simpson, Helen Gorman and Helen Akers — are competing in the World Masters Championships in Budapest this month.

There has been increase in qualified officials and the Junior Coach scheme gave Katie Tew and Chloe Blaydon the chance to gain experience and coaching qualifications.

Chief coach is Spencer George.