Deepings swimmers send out seven winners at round one of Junior Fen;and League
Deepings Swimming Club got its Junior Fenland League campaign off to an excellent start with a second-place finish after round one.
Twenty one swimmers aged nine to 13 represented the club at Mildenhall Swimming Pool in Bury St Edmunds.
The league consists of five rounds, with every round made up of three meets each, with five teams competing at each meet.
Orla Pike led the way for Deepings with first place in the girls' 12 years' 100m individual medley (IM).
Pike took her second victory later in the meet with an outstanding swim in the 50m breaststroke.
Five more swimmers from the club also finished first in their events and took the maximum five points, including Oliver Shepherd who won the boys' 11 years' 50m freestyle.
Shepherd also came second in the 50m breaststroke, as did William Burdock in the boys 12 years' 100IM.
Jemma Munro led the way in the 12 years' 50m backstroke, while Maya Sangiorgio raced in a higher age group to win the 13 years' 50m butterfly.
Isabella Reynolds, competing in her first league series, was first in the nine years' 50m breaststroke and second in the 25m butterfly before moving up an age to finish second in the 10 years' 50m butterfly.
The final winner from Deepings was Jack Bell who came first in the 11 years' 50m backstroke, also claiming second in the 50m butterfly.
Other points winners for Deepings were league debutant Chloe Bellis who took a pair of seconds in the nine years' 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke, Maddy Partridge who was second in the 13 years' 50m breaststroke and Maddie Taylor who was runner-up in the 11 years' 50m backstroke.
The team capped their racing off by coming second in a thrilling 8 x25m freestyle relay, just one-hundredth of a second off first place.
Deepings Swimming Club head coach Lynn Chapman said: "There were some great skills on show by all swimmers, but also a few things to work on back in training.
"But I am very encouraged by the progress being made by our younger swimmers.
"What an excellent start to this year’s Junior Fenland League."
The Deepings squad in full were (girls): Orla Pike, Maya Sangiorgio, Chloe Bellis, Eleanor Twinley, Samantha Munro, Jemma Munro, Jess Godding, Maddy Partridge, Isabella Reynolds and Maddie Taylor; (boys): William Burdock, Antony Hall, Thomas Burdock, Joe Black, Jack Bell, Finlay Smith, Lewis Tarver, Matthew Hall, Fraser Cameron, Oliver Shepherd and Jack Cradock.
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