A team of 34 swimmers from South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club headed a few miles down the road to Deepings on the weekend of the 6th and 7th October, to participate in the Rob Welbourn Open Meet. The swimmers had an excellent weekend of performances picking up many new personal best times, as well as achieving County qualifying standards, whilst bagging ninety-seven medals between them. The competition was an opportunity for many of the clubs younger swimmers to show their prowess in the pool.

Nine year old Frank Lamb led the junior swimmers in their medal success. Frank rocketed to gold medals in 50m and 100m Freestyle events with new personal best times of 37.87 seconds and 1.24.86mins respectively. Frank showed himself to be a sprint expert by adding a gold medal in the 50m Backstroke with another best time of 42.20 seconds and also in the 50m Breaststroke in yet another best time of 50.55 seconds. There were another four medals for Frank over the course of the weekend as he claimed three silver medals – in the 50m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke and 100m Breaststroke – and a bronze medal in the 100m Individual Medley. Most impressive was that Frank collected these medals in the 9/10 years age group and was competing against swimmers a year older than himself.

South Lincs enjoyed further success in the boys 9/10 years age group with Luke Sorrell collecting seven medals over the course of the weekend. Luke swam to gold in the 100m Butterfly with a new personal best time of 1.59.49mins, taking nearly eight seconds off his previous best time. Luke claimed two silver medals in both the 200m Backstroke and the 200m Freestyle events and a total of four bronze medals with one of his best performances coming in the 100m Breaststroke where he broke the two minute barrier with a personal best time of 1.58.50mins.

Aidan Evans produced some excellent swims in the boys 9/10 years age group and claimed silver medals behind his team mates in the 100m Butterfly in a new personal best of 2.21.21mins and then again in the 50m Backstroke with another best time of 47.03 seconds. Aidan also added a bronze medal in the 50m Butterfly breaking the sixty second barrier for the first time with a new PB of 57.45 seconds.

Nathan Hyden added to the medal bonanza in the boys 9/10 years age group, ten year old Nathan collected four bronze medals over the weekend all in impressive new personal best times. Nathan’s first medal came in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 41.16 seconds. Nathan backed this up with a strong performance over the longer distance of 200 metres with his second bronze, coming home in 3.29.49mins. Nathan’s remaining medals came in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke with times of 1.58.50mins and 4.08.18mins respectively.

The girls were well represented in the 9/10 years age group with Erin Siggee taking two medals in her preferred breaststroke events. Over the 50m sprint distance Erin set a new personal best time of 49.42 seconds and claimed the bronze medal. Erin was back on the medal podium in the longest distance of the 200m Breaststroke where she dipped under the four minute mark for the first time to stop the clock in 3.55.48mins to take the silver medal.

Sophie Wilson also achieved a podium finish in the 9/10 years age group collecting a silver medal in the 100m Backstroke in a new PB time of 1.37.91mins. Olivia Bland, Zara-Jayne Odell, Josie Russell, William Vere and Isobel Walker all competed in the 9/10 years age group and produced excellent swims, registering big new personal best times and participating in many events for the first time in an open meet competition. The meet provided these swimmers with valuable racing experience ahead of forthcoming Club Championship competitions.

In the 11/12 years age group Nitesh Anbazhagan had a spectacular weekend, collecting fourteen medals from fourteen swims, all of which came in new personal best times. Among Nitesh’s haul were 8 gold medals including a sweep of the breaststroke events – the 50m, 100m and 200m distances.

Team mate Dziugas Baziliauskas collected two bronze medals in the same age group. Dziugas took his first medal in the 100m Butterfly with a new best time of 1.42.05mins and then went on to set a big new personal best of over fourteen seconds in the 200m Breaststroke stopping the clock in 4.09.37mins for his second medal.

Beatrice Finch collected five medals over the course of the competition. Beatrice elected to compete in her less favoured events and took gold in the 200m Breaststroke with an eleven second personal best time of 3.14.73mins. In the 100m Freestyle, Beatrice again lowered her PB significantly to finish in another best time of 1.09.90mins. To round of her medal haul Beatrice collected three bronze medals – in the 100m Breaststroke and the 100m and 200m Individual Medley.

Joining Beatrice on the podium in the 11/12 years age group was Charlotte Ciuberkyte who collected a hat trick of medals in the breaststroke events. Charlotte took silver in both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events in new personal best times of 1.32.41mins and 3.25.42mins respectively. Charlotte added bronze in the 50m Breaststroke to her collection in another best time of 41.92 seconds. There was a fourth medal for Charlotte as she claimed bronze in the 50m Freestyle with yet another best time of 33.24 seconds.

Isobel Gosling was also a medal winner in the 11/12 years age group. Again, Isobel produced some excellent performances to improve her personal best times significantly. Isobel struck bronze in the 200m Freestyle posting a time of 2.42.78mins and then repeated this in the 200m Breaststroke with a time of 3.27.82mins. One of the outstanding swims of the weekend came from Isobel in the 200m Butterfly. Swimming the event for the very first time Isobel stormed through the race without faltering to touch home in a very strong performance time of 3.10.07mins which gave Isobel her third bronze of the weekend.

With so many excellent performances amongst the older swimmers, the Head Coaches highlight was in the girls 13/14 years age group with a clean sweep of the medals. The bronze medal went to Dusty Saines in 2.39.47mins, the silver to Mollie Briggs in 2.38.26mins and the gold to Ellisha Cookson in 2.35.12. All three girls smashed the 2 minute 40 second barrier for the first time and completely dominated the final heat from start to finish.

Overall the club collected 28 gold, 33 silver and 36 bronze medals to close out an exceptional weekend of swimming. The athletes at South Lincs now turn their attention to their club championships and achieving further county qualifying times ready for the start of the new year

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