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Rob Welbourn meeting is staged by Deepings Swimming Club at Grantham Meres pool

Deepings Swimming Club celebrated a successful return to its Rob Welbourn Meet where a huge squad of almost 60 swimmers achieved a remarkable tally of personal bests, medals and county qualifying times.

The meet, which was hosted by Deepings Swimming Club at Grantham Meres swimming pool, was the first one to take place since 2021 and attracted more than 300 swimmers from eight clubs across Lincolnshire.

The team brought home a stunning collection of 30 medals – 11 gold, six silver and 13 bronze – as they competed against some of the best swimmers in the county.

Deepings Swimming Club at the Rob Welbourn meeting.
Deepings Swimming Club at the Rob Welbourn meeting.

Corey Farley, competing in the 13/14yrs age group, won five gold medals in the 200m freestyle, 50m and 200m backstroke, 100m individual medley and 100m butterfly, as well as two silver (50m butterfly and 200IM) and one bronze (100m freestyle).

She also achieved nine county qualifying times in the 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 50m and 100m butterfly, 50m and 200m backstroke, 100IM and 200IM.

Lottie Ava Flatters once again impressed with her dominance in the 9/10yrs butterfly events, winning gold in all three distances (50m, 100m and 200m). She added bronze in the 200IM.

Oliver Clarke won two gold medals in the 9/10yrs age group, in the 50m breaststroke and 200m freestyle, and clinched silver in the 200m breaststroke and 100IM.

Fifteen-year-old Jacob Briers picked up the club’s 11th and final gold of the weekend in the 15/over 100m butterfly.

Jacob also took silver in the 200m butterfly and added a pair of breaststroke bronze medals in the 100m and 200m events.

Noah Skinner showed his versatility by winning three 11/12yrs bronze medals in the 200m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.

Other medal winners were Harry Newman (bronze – 100IM), Rowan Smith (bronze – 100m butterfly), Eleanor Twinley (bronze – 200m butterfly), Charlotte Jenkinson (bronze – 200m butterfly), Isabella Reynolds (bronze – 100m backstroke), and James Cash (silver – 200m freestyle).

In addition to the medals, the team also secured a total of 58 qualifying times for the Lincolnshire County Championships at Louth and Grantham early next year.

Across the board Deepings swimmers showed amazing improvement, smashing personal bests in multiple events.

Some of the most impressive achievements were seen within the younger squads, including James Cash, who shaved off 35 seconds in the 200m breaststroke to get a county qualifying time.

Jack Bell cut 25 seconds in the same event while Eleanor de Rose dropped 18 seconds in the 50m freestyle. Isaac Donaldson-Badger reduced 17 seconds in the 50m butterfly while Noah Skinner knocked off 12 seconds in the 200m backstroke and Lucy Jenkinson trimmed 24 seconds in the 100m butterfly.

Two representatives from the Deepings Masters squad also competed at the meet.

Alice Grant set a new county Masters record in the 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke, while Graeme Abrahams won bronze in the 15/over 200m butterfly with a new personal best.

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