SWIMMING: Four gold medals and two records for Deepings

Holly Leggott.
Holly Leggott.
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Bethany Eagle-Brown and Holly Leggott broke club records as Deepings came away with 25 medals – including four golds – from the Leicester Age Group Meet last weekend.

Already the club’s record holder as a 14-year-old, Eagle-Brown went under one minute in the 100m freestyle to break the club record as a 15-year-old, winning bronze in the process.

I’m delighted with everyone’s performances, particularly the younger members of the squad who all swam hard to achieve some excellent personal bests.

Lynn Chapman

Leggott smashed the 50m backstroke record for 15-year-olds, winning silver.

Gold medal-winning performances came from several younger members of the squad.

Nine-year-olds Lucia Karic (50m backstroke) and Emma Dennis (100m breaststroke) finished first in their age groups, while 10-year-old Alex Sadler won the 200m butterfly. Leggott completed the golden quartet in the 50m freestyle.

All four were also among the club’s silver medallists.

Dennis swam a personal best to finish second in the 50m butterfly.

Karic did likewise in the 100m freestyle, Sadler took silver in the 100m fly and Leggott doubled up in the 50m and 100m backstroke.

Also winning silver were Jacob Briers (50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke), Harry Cardell (200m butterfly), Jake Jungmann (100m breaststroke), Eagle-Brown (50m and 100m butterfly), Amy Tappern (400m IM) and Joe Lund (200m IM).

Six swimmers won bronze medals – Eagle-Brown (100m freestyle), Jungmann (50m backstroke), Briers (100m freestyle, Kelda McKnight (200m IM and 200m backstroke) Lund(100m and 200m breaststroke) and Lorna McGill (200m breaststroke).

In addition to medals, the squad were competing hard for Midlands qualifying times. They achieved 16, including McGill and Emma Wilde for the first time, plus a total of 135 personal bests.

Lynn Chapman, Deepings head coach, said: “This was a good result for the club in a tough competition with many swimmers seeking Midlands times.

“I’m delighted with everyone’s performances, particularly the younger members of the squad who all swam hard to achieve some excellent personal bests.”

Deepings also competed in round one of the Junior Fenland League with some swimmers making an 85-mile journey from Leicester to Newmarket to take part in both meets.

The club finished fourth on the night with four swimmers winning their races.

Karic (50m breaststroke) and Ella Gerrard (50m freestyle) travelled from the Leicester open meet and finished first in their age groups.

Maddy Partridge doubled up in the 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle.

The junior squad also achieved 26 personal bests.