South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club held its 35th annual Tulip Open Meet over the course of the 5th and 6th May at Castle Pool in Spalding. The event was sponsored generously by Superflora who provided the club with floral bouquets to award to the top swimmers in each age group along with trophies.
The weekend saw swimmers from across the club participating, from those coming to the end of their learn to swim programme, right up to a number of our National qualifying hopefuls. There were many excellent performances however the weekend really belonged to the swimmers in the clubs Development squad who showed excellent progression in their competition performances.
William Vere produced some astounding swims and reduced his personal best times by significant margins. William was highlighted at the clubs awards evening as the most improved swimmer for 2018 and showed further progress. In the 200m Individual Medley, Will lowered his personal best by an astonishing thirty-seven seconds to swim under the four minute mark for the first time and stop the clock in 3.49.97. There was also a significant reduction in his 200m breaststroke of more than sixteen seconds to post a new personal best of 4.34.17. However Will’s most improved race came in his preferred backstroke swim. In the 200m distance Will reduced his personal best by more than forty-eight seconds to claim a podium finish and take the bronze medal in a time of 3.25.62. Will also followed this up with a second bronze medal in the shorter 100m backstroke.
Anish Suwarneraj managed to post new personal best times in all of his six races contested over the weekend and also swam to podium finishes in the boys 11 years age group, claiming silver in both the 50m backstroke and the 200m backstroke with new best times of 42.21 seconds and 3.15.52 respectively.
In the girls 10 years age group Sophie Wilson swam to nine new personal best times and claimed eight medals in the process. Showing great versatility Sophie claimed a silver medal in the 50m freestyle with a three second new personal best time of 35.86 seconds and swam to an excellent gold medal in the 200m Individual Medley with a time of 3.15.82.
Luke Sorrell was a major medal winner in the boys 10 years age group, collecting twelve medals including six golds. Luke’s biggest improvements came in the 200m Individual Medley with a ten second personal best posting a time of 3.27.82. There were also big drops for Luke in the 100 Fly with a nine second personal best time of 1.48.93 and an eight second personal best in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 3.50.99.
Erin Siggee showed her capabilities in the breastroke events in the girls 10 years age group. Erin swept to gold in the longer distance 200m breaststroke with a three second personal best time of 3.36.19. Erin also claimed silver medals in the shorter distance 50m and 100m breaststroke events also in new personal best times of 46.76 and 1.42.79 respectively.
Lucie Lund made it a hat trick of medals in the girls 11 years age group. Setting new personal best times in all her events Lucie took bronze in the 50 Fly in a time of 35.80 seconds. Lucie went on to take silver in her preferred 50m backstroke with a time of 37.19 and finally lowered her 100m backstroke time by more than four seconds to post a new PB of 1.20.53 and claim the gold medal.
Frank Lamb dominated the boys 9 years age group claiming eleven gold medals from thirteen swims over the course of the weekend. Franks highlight of the weekend was a big drop in his 200m backstroke event which saw Frank lower his best time by more than eight seconds to post a time of 2.58.93, his first time under the three minute mark.
Nathan Hyden set a long list of new personal best times and was able to claim a number of podium finishes. Nathan took silver in the boys 10 years age group 100m freestyle with a time of 1.28.85 – one of the few events in which he did not better his personal best. However his bronze medals in the 50 butterfly and the 50 breaststroke were all achieved in new PB’s and Nathan touched the wall in 50.98 seconds and 52.05 seconds respectively.
Aidan Evans was on medal winning form in the boys 9 years age group. Aidan swam to nine medals over the course of the weekend. Some of the highlights of Aidan’s campaign included a thirteen second improvement in his 200m freestyle where he took a bronze medal. In the 100m butterfly Aidan lowered his personal best time by more than seventeen seconds to claim the silver medal in a best time of 2.03.44. Aidan’s biggest improvement came in the 200m breaststroke where he lowered his PB by almost twenty-four seconds to swim under the four minute mark for the first time and stop the clock in 3.52.39 for another bronze medal.
Lilli Bowman saw improvements across a range of events in the girls 12 years age group. Lilli set new personal best times in the 200m freestyle, where she lowered her best time by three seconds to post 2.54.47. There were also good improvements in her 50m and 100m backstroke where Lilli set new standards of 42.61 seconds and 1.33.37 respectively. It was also Lilli’s first time swimming the 200m Individual medley where a strong performance gave Lilli a best time of 3.29.03.
Dziugas Baziliauskas also set significant new personal best times over the course of the meet and was rewarded with a collection of six medals. Dziugas made a major drop in his 200m breaststroke lowering his best time by fifteen seconds to set a new best time of 3.46.37 to take the bronze medal in the boys 13 years age group. There were also bronze medals for Dziugas in the 200m Individual Medley and the 100m breaststroke in new personal best times of 3.16.50 and 1.49.01 respectively.
The weekend of performances was capped off by eight of the club’s swimmers winning top boy or top girl in their age groups. Frank Lamb won top boy in the 9 years age group. Luke Sorrell won top boy in the 10 years age group. Older brother Oliver Sorrell took top boy in the 11 years age group. Beatrice Finch took top girl in the 12 years age group. Nitesh Anbazhagan won top boy, also in the 12 years age group. Dusty Saines claimed top girl in the 14 years age group. Brother and sister Edward and Esther Skells won top boy and girl in the 15 years and over age group.