Deepings Swimming Club compete in the fourth and final round of the 2022 Grantham Grand Prix
Six Deepings swimmers climbed the podium after achieving top-six finishes following the conclusion of the fourth and final round of the 2022 Grantham Grand Prix last weekend.
The competition, spread over four weekends from March to June, is a showpiece competition for nine-to-12-year-olds - and gives younger swimmers the opportunity to race all four 50m events, the 200m freestyle and the 200m individual medley (100m individual medley for nine-year olds) twice over.
Ashton Hunter, Deepings’ promising new star, showed why he is drawing rave reviews from all over the Lincolnshire area as he stormed to a comfortable win in the nine-year-old age group.
Ashton topped the podium after winning all 12 events, including the three on the final day – 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 100m individual medley.
During the competition, he also set a new Deepings Swimming Club short-course record for nine-year-olds in the 200m freestyle with a time of 2:52:80.
Making it a one-two in the nine-years age group was Oliver Clarke, who scooped second place after a string of fine performances and a host of new personal bests.
James Cash collected the trophy for fourth place overall in the 11-years age group, while Oliver Shepherd secured second spot in the 12-years age group with personal bests in the 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke on the final day of racing.
Two nine-year-old girls completed Deepings’ trophy haul at this year’s Grand Prix.
Annabel Shepherd came fourth overall and Lottie Flatters was fifth, with both girls achieving some huge personal bests.
Deepings Swimming Club head coach Lynn Chapman was delighted with the performances over all four weekends of competition.
“While we had six swimmers taking home trophies, all of our younger swimmers did themselves proud at this year’s Grand Prix,” she said.
“They showed significant improvements in their skills and fitness levels from one month to the next and are clear proof of an exciting future for Deepings Swimming Club.”