Successful Deepings' swimmers shine at Boston Open Meet with medals galore
Deepings Swimming Club members brought back nearly 100 medals from a sensational Boston Open Meet in Grantham.
Five club records fell as swimmers took full advantage of their last opportunity to achieve qualifying times for next year’s Lincolnshire County Championships.
Over two days of racing at Grantham's Meres Leisure Centre, Deepings' swimmers bagged 29 golds, 28 silvers and 40 bronzes across all age groups, winning medals in every event and distance.
Lorna McGill was in superb form as she broke all three of the club's breaststroke records for 16-year-old girls, including the 100m where she swam 1.16.25 to shatter an 11-year-old mark by three seconds.
McGill went on to brake her own club record in the 200m which she had set just four weeks earlier, setting a new best of 2.41.43 in claiming gold.
The hat-trick was completed for McGill in the 50m with her third gold and a new record of 35.89, the first time a 16-year-old Deepings Swimming Club girl had swam under 36 seconds.
Beth Eagle-Brown was another to rewrite the club's history books after setting a new record in the final girls’ event of the weekend, the 200m freestyle.
She took half a second off the old mark, winning gold in a time of 2.08.41.
Eagle-Brown also claimed a hat-trick of butterfly golds in the 15-year-old age group, along with gold in the 100I M, silver in the 100m backstroke and two bronze in the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke.
It was the perfect springboard for Eagle-Brown to go on to the Scottish national short course championships next month.
Completing the club's record-breaking weekend was 12-year-old Lilly Tappern who shaved three-tenths off its six-year-old 100m butterfly record, swimming 1.11.44.
It was one of two golds for Tappern over the weekend after victory in the 200m butterfly, with a pair of freestyle silvers (100m and 200m) and bronze in the 200m I/M and 100m breaststroke to go with them.
But it was Holly Roffe who claimed the biggest haul of gold medals, successfullydoubling up in the 50m and 100m butterfly.
Roffe then repeated the feat in the 50m and 100m freestyle before winning two more golds in the 100m breaststroke and 100m I/M to finish the meet with six golds.
She also took silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 50m backstroke.
Deepings’ youngest gold medallist of the weekend was Maya Sangiorgio and her success came in the longest distances.
An excellent race in the 400m freestyle saw the 10-year-old take the gold medal and she topped the podium again in one of the toughest events, the 200m butterfly.
Sangiorgi added three silvers in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m butterfly.
The girls’ squad took another six golds, with backstroke sprinter Holly Leggott joining Eagle-Brown at next month’s Scottish championships after winning the 50m and 100m races in the 15-year-old age group.
Leggott added another gold to her haul in the 50m freestyle.
Grace Edwards took a pair of golds in the 11-year-olds' 200m I/M and 50m backstroke, while Jessica O’Herlihy won the 13-year-olds' 400m freestyle, as well as five silvers and five bronze medals.
Deepings had a smaller squad of boys at the meet but they won medals as well, led by Jake Jungmann who took a trio of golds in the 15-year-olds' 100m and 200m backstroke, and 100m freestyle.
Jungmann also won silver in the 200m breaststroke and 100m butterfly.
Several big personal bests swept 14-year-old Christian Rollinson to first place in the 50m and 100m butterfly, with silvers in the 200m backstroke, 100m I/M and 50m breaststroke, plus bronzes in the 50m and 100m freestyle.
Eleven other swimmers added silver and bronze medals to the club's final tally, including Freya Chiva, Millie Herrick, Hannah Matthews, Bronte Claridge, Amy Tappern, Emma and Beth Wilde, Jacob Briers, Harry Newman, Ryan Weise and Harry Cardell.
Lynn Chapman, Deepings Swimming Club's head coach, said: "I am delighted with how well everyone competed and with the success we enjoyed.
"It was a meet for strong competition, good skills and hard swimming, rather than personal bests.
"But we had some exceptional performances, some of which were from swimmers who didn’t medal, including a great first-time 200m fly swim by Lauren Saunderson."
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