Deepings swimmers find top form

Alex Wray
Alex Wray
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Deepings swimmers Alex Wray, Tom Adams and Miki Linn won medals at the British Summer Swimming Championships and ASA National Summer Championships.

The first week involved elite level swimmers in which only the top 24 swimmers in their respected events were invited to take part for the British event.

Wray (17) was invited to take part in both the 50m and 100m freestyle for the 17/18 years.

Going into the 100m freestyle Wray qualified 16th and no one expected what was to come next.

Wray produced a lifetime best time to win his heat in 51.93 seconds, putting him in sixth position going into the final.

It came down to the length of an arm to split the top three with Wray claiming bronze and his first major champion-ship medal.

He beat his previous best with a super-fast time of 51.42 seconds.

Next up for Wray was the 50m freestyle where he produced another two lifetime bests, first in the heats and then in the finals.

Unfortunately Wray’s time of 23.61 seconds was not enough for a podium place – finishing 0.4 seconds behind the gold medal position.

In the second week of racing came the ASA National Summer Championships where British swimmers ranked 25th to 49th in their respective age groups and events took part.

This saw Deepings’ Tom Adams shine at his first high level swim meet.

Adams (13) had a packed week, qualifying for three events in the 12/13 years age group and producing lifetime bests in all of his events.

First up for Adams was the 50m breaststroke where he produced the swim of his life to come second in his heat in a time of 33.60 seconds, 
beating his previous best by three seconds.

Adams qualified second going into the final in which he kept his cool and again to produce another personal best to claim silver in a time of 33.51.

In Adams’ last two events, the 200m individual medley and 1500m freestyle, he made it a memorable week for the club by producing more lifetime bests and gaining 
valuable experience at this level.

Both championships took place in the 50m pool at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield.

Deepings’ new star Miki Linn (10) was the youngest competitor at the championships.

She swam the 50m freestyle in the S8 category in a time of 45.51 seconds, her fastest so far.

Linn is on the British Para Swimming Spotlight programme for future Paralympians.