SWIMMING: Tulip Open was best yet

Popular meet: South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club's Tulip Open went down a storm with every club in attendance. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG060512-138NG
Popular meet: South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club's Tulip Open went down a storm with every club in attendance. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG060512-138NG
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SOUTH Lincs Competitive Swimming Club narrowly missed out on a clean sweep at one of the best Tulip Open meets.

The Spalding-based club won the boys’ and combined categories after two days of racing at the Castle Sports Complex, with Deepings denying them the treble in the girls’ group.

Overall the club’s members clocked 229 personal best times (PB), took 14 wins, 35 second places and 32 thirds.

Starring for South Lincs were Harry Bumfrey, who got the top boy’s award for his age group, and Eleanor Templer, who followed suit in her group.

James Hook also shone with eight PBs, while George Wensor picked up five trophies and seven PBs. Olivia Harper also clocked PBs in all the races she did, while Emily McCann gained five new PBs and three silver medals.

On the opening day, Amy Reeves put up a very strong swim in the girls’ 15 and over 100m butterfly, but she was beaten by Philippa West who placed third.

In the boys’ 15 and over 100m fly, Reggie Reeves took second, while Bumfrey roared to victory in the boys’ 14 years 100m free, with newcomer Tom Mitchell in third.

South Lincs excelled in the boys’ 12 year 100m breaststroke finals, with Ryan Horrocks (3rd), Luke Elliott (4th), William Swain (5th) and Matthew Gray (6th) scoring well.

The 50m free produced an amazing race with Bumfrey (26.95secs) pipping Wensor (26.96) to gold, while Harvey Graham came sixth in the boys’ nine year 50m backstroke final, smashing his PB.

On day two, new swimmer Oliver Hull clocked a brilliant new PB in the boys’ 50m free, with Bumfrey (1st), Wensor (2nd) and Reeves (6th) all scoring well.

Eleanor Templer was in top form, placing second in the girls’ 12 years 100m fly and 100m backstroke finals. Alice Gowing joined her in the fly finals and Rhiannon Saunders swam with both girls in the 100m backstroke.

The boys’ 12 years 100m fly final was ruled by South Lincs again, with Horrocks (2nd), Luke Elliott (3rd) and Matthew Gray (5th) putting up some excellent competition.

The mixed 13 years and over freestyle relays were thrilling to watch, with South Lincs leading the way. Although Spencer Turner lost his cap, this did not distract him from keeping his team going in the race.

In the girls’ 15 and over 100m breaststroke preliminary, Emily Blackbourn came second – only to have Amy Reeves snatch it away in the final. It was an amazing race, with Amy Reeves, Blackbourn, Philippa West and Bethany Walker all in the same heat – and all keeping the same pace for the first 75m.

Reggie Reeves came first in the 100m breaststroke preliminaries against Ben Masters, but the roles were reversed in another fantastic final race. Behind them, Spencer Turner came home in fifth place.

South Lincs’ 12 year boys shone in the 100m back, with Matthew Gray (2nd), William Swain (3rd) and Luke Elliott (6th) all placing really well. South Lincs had ten out of the 22 swimmers in this race.

Elsewhere, there was silver for the mixed 13 years and over ‘B’ medley relay team. Sian Roberts started out with back, with Spencer Turner took it up with breast, Reggie Reeves storming through the butterfly and Philippa West bringing it home in the final freestyle sprint.

That was matched by the ‘A’ team in the mixed 12 and under. The very strong team started with Eleanor Templer flying roaring off on the backstroke leg, with Emily McCann keeping it going on the breaststroke.

Ryan Horrocks motored on with the fly and William Swain tied it altogether with with a final freestyle.

RESULTS: Girls: 1st Deepings 106pts; 2nd South Lincs 93; 3rd Grantham 80.50; 4th City of Peterborough 76.50; 5th Calverton & Bingham 71; 6th Wisbech 65; 7th Gainsborough 39; 8th Lincoln Vulcans 33; 9th Louth Dolphins 12; 10th Boston Amateur 11.

l Boys: 1st South Lincs 129; 2nd Wisbech 81; 3rd Gainsborough 61; 4th Deepings 52; 5th Grantham 49; 6th City Of Peterborough 43; =7th Lincoln Vulcans 41; =7th Calverton & Bingham 41; 9th St Ives 36; 9th Louth Dolphins 36; 11th Boston Amateur 14; 12th St Neots Swans 2.

l Combined: 1st South Lincs 222; 2nd Deepings 158; 3rd Wisbech 146; 4th Grantham 129.50; 5th City Of Peterborough 119.50; 6th Calverton and Bingham 112; 7th Gainsborough 100; 8th Lincoln Vulcans 74; 9th Louth Dolphins 48; 10th St Ives 36; 11th Boston Amateur 25; 12th St Neots Swans 2.

r Anna and Nigel Handley were invited as honorary guests at the Tulip Open.

Sixteen years ago theyjoined South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club and for 11 of those years they kept the meet going.

The committee decided to present them with a lifetime membership to SLCSC in recognition of all their hard work and dedication.