Six of South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club’s athletes headed to Sheffield over the weekend of the 15th and 16th September to compete in the 38th Robin Hood Open Meet. The competition was an opportunity for the swimmers to do some early season racing and to get to work with their new Head Coach. The six swimmers produced some good long course swims, with a number of personal best times and brought home twenty-six medals between them.
Day one started off positively with a South Lincs clean sweep of the medals in the girls 14 years age group 200m Individual Medley. Ellisha Cookson led the charge taking the gold medal in a new long course personal best time of 2 minutes 36.50 seconds. Aurinija Maliauskaite took silver and Daisy Rummery the bronze, both in new personal best times of 2 minutes 38.91 seconds and 2 minutes 39.95 seconds respectively.
Mollie Briggs collected her first medal of the weekend, with a silver in the girls 13 years age group 50m Butterfly. Mollie took off in excess of a second over the sprint distance to stop the clock in a new personal best time of 32.48 seconds.
Aurinija Maliauskaite was back on the podium in the 100m Freestyle with another personal best time of 1 minute 03.55 seconds to claim the silver medal in the 14 years age group. Aurinija continued her form with a third medal in the 200m Breaststroke where she took the bronze in a long course personal best time of 3 minutes 07.41 seconds. Ellisha Cookson joined Aurinija on the podium with her second gold medal of the day. Ellisha’s time of 2 minutes 58.18 seconds was the fastest time of the meet in this event and another new personal best for the South Lincs swimmer.
Mollie Briggs produced a strong swim in the 100m Butterfly in the girls 13 years age group with her second silver medal of the day and another personal best time of 1 minute 15.62 seconds. Ellisha Cookson took bronze in the 14 years age group in a time of 1 minute 15.94 seconds.
To close out the first day of competition, Daisy Rummery added a gold in the girls 14 years age group 200m Backstroke to her personal haul with a new long course personal best time of 2 minutes 38.29 seconds. Daisy was followed home for the bronze medal by Aurinija Maliauskaite, who also set a new personal best time of 2 minutes 48.20 seconds.
The second day of competition started in the same fashion as day one, with a South Lincs clean sweep of the medals in the girls 14 years 400m Freestyle. Daisy Rummery took the gold in this event with a new personal best time of 4 minutes 52.99 seconds and was followed home by Aurinija Maliauskaite taking silver and Andre Ubaviciute taking the bronze. Mollie Briggs was also in action in the 400m Freestyle and had a terrific battle with Daisy Rummery to take the gold in the 13 years age group in a new personal best time of 4 minutes 51.47 seconds.
Dusty Saines collected her first medal of the weekend by taking bronze in the girls 14 years 50m Backstroke in a long course personal best time of 35.29 seconds, whilst Daisy Rummery took silver in a time of 34.81 seconds.
Aurinija Maliauskaite made it a sixth medal of the weekend by adding a further bronze to her growing collection in the 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1 minute 28.21 seconds.
The 200m Butterfly is one of the toughest events in the pool and Mollie Briggs produced another excellent performance to sweep to the gold medal in the girls 13 years age group in a new long course personal best time of 2 minutes 44.49 seconds. Dusty Saines showed her prowess in the event by taking bronze in the 14 years age group in a time of 2 minutes 55.45 seconds.
There were further medals for Daisy Rummery and Dusty Saines in the girls 14 years age group 100m Backstroke, with Daisy taking silver in a time of 1 minute 15.37 seconds and Dusty taking the bronze in a new long course personal best time of 1 minute 18.47 seconds.
It was a seventh medal for Aurinija Maliauskaite in the girls 50m Breaststroke. Aurinija took the bronze medal in the 14 years age group in another long course personal best time of 40.12 seconds. However it was the final event of the meet that saw Aurinija top the podium in her age group and claim the gold medal in the 200m Freestyle in a time of 2 minutes 21.10 seconds just ahead of team mate Daisy Rummery who took silver in a time of 2 minutes 22.14 seconds. Mollie Briggs took the silver medal in the 13 years age group with a time of 2 minutes 22.53 seconds.
The final event of the day brought the girls total medal haul to 7 Gold, 9 Silver and 10 Bronze medals, an exceptional achievement from a small team of just six swimmers. The girls all showed a lot of potential for the coming season with strong performances so early in the season having only been back in the pool for two weeks following their summer break.
South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club have a number of forthcoming meets over the coming months, with a large contingent heading to Deepings for the Rob Welbourn Open Meet over the weekend of the 6th and 7th October.