A team of 23 swimmers from South Lincs headed to the City of Leeds National Qualifier to post times in the National Qualifying window and repeat some of their races ahead of the Regional Championships.
The team performed admirably by setting new personal bests, breaking club and county records and collecting 36 medals in three days of competition.
The competition started with the 1500m freestyle contested. Six team members have participated in this event – the longest of the competitive program – with positive results.
Lillie Hamilton was running her first long 1500m freestyle course – that is, in a 50m pool – and swam to a new personal best of 20.26.66.
Mollie Briggs swam to a season best time of 18.27.88. Both girls will take part in the event at the regional championships and Leeds have proven to be a good marker to measure progress.
Matteo Monaco got off to a flying start on the boys’ side clocking a personal best 26 seconds in 19.19.30 to win the silver medal for the 13-year-old boys.
Oscar Goldsmith kicked off his campaign with a bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle for 14-year-old boys, equaling his personal best of 17.52.66.
There were also new personal bests in the event for Oliver Sorrell and Alfie Bisby, who posted new standards of 17.58.28 and 17.57.00 respectively.
Emma Croker had a successful race weekend as she took the top step of the podium four times in the 15+ category.
Emma took gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle with convincing victories.
She set the season best time in the 50m freestyle of 26.66 seconds and a new personal best in the 100m freestyle of 57.17 seconds. It was also a club and county record.
For good measure, Emma also won gold in the 50m butterfly with a new personal best of 28.56 seconds.
Rico Bringeman also won four gold medals over the weekend.
Rico started his 200m butterfly campaign with two strong races and finals to win gold by a sizable margin.
In the 200m individual medley, Rico swam to victory and a new personal best of 2.10.19 – setting both a club and county record in the event.
There were further successes for Rico in the 400m individual medley, where a strong swimming event saw him post a new personal best of 4.38.10.
In the 100m butterfly final, Rico found something more to lower his personal best time by almost a full second – and in a tight final put his hand on the wall in first place with a time of 58 .15 seconds, establishing yet another club and county register.
Matteo Monaco continued his performances over the weekend by winning gold in the 800m freestyle and 200m backstroke for 13-year-old boys.
Matteo also picked up four other silver medals in the 50m and 100m backstroke, 200m breaststroke and 400m freestyle.
Oscar Goldsmith won five medals over the weekend, in addition to his bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle.
Oscar took gold in the 400m individual medley with a new personal best of 5.11.74.
There was a silver medal treble for Oscar in the 400m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 800m freestyle.
These last two events saw Oscar set new personal bests of 2.23.01 (in the final) and 9.18.62 respectively.
Frank Lamb has won no less than nine medals over a range of strokes and distances.
Frank took gold in the 50 breaststroke, just short of his personal best with a time of 40.08 seconds.
He won a pair of silver medals in the 100m butterfly and 100m breaststroke as well as six bronze medals.
There was a personal best in the 100m freestyle of 1.08.85 for Frank as well as in the 200m freestyle with a new standard of 2.28.18.
Younger sister Kitty Lamb was also in action this weekend and won a brilliant silver in the girls 12 and under 50m backstroke as Kitty is only 11 years old.
Kitty also collected four bronze medals, setting a new personal best in the 100 breaststroke clocking 1.36.49 to win the first of them.
There was a new personal best for Kitty in the 50m freestyle, where she broke the 32-second barrier for the first time by stopping the clock in 31.49 seconds.
Kitty also set a new personal best in the 200m backstroke in 2.56.41, winning bronze medals in all of those events.
Lucy Wilson also won a medal in girls 12 and under.
Lucy took silver in the 100m breaststroke, beating her friend and rival Kitty Lamb to the wall in the event.
There were also new personal bests for Lucy in the 50m freestyle, where she set a new mark of 32.81 seconds, and in the 200m freestyle – where Lucy broke her personal best by more than four seconds for touch the wall in a time of 2.32.18.
Aidan Evans had to wait until the last race of the weekend to win his medal. It happened in the 200m backstroke for 13-year-old boys.
Aidan swam a great run to lower his personal best by almost five seconds and stop the clock in 2.47.63.
He then managed to further improve that in the final as he raced hard to claim the bronze medal in a further improved time of 2.46.50.
Mollie Briggs was also a medalist this weekend.
She had an excellent swim in the 400m freestyle final, where she was just tenths of a second off a new personal best 4.38.54 and won the bronze medal.
Mollie also set a new personal best in the 200m butterfly, where she broke the difficult two minute and thirty second barrier for the first time posting a new standard of 2.29.58.
Beatrice Finch produced one of the most exceptional swims in the meet for South Lincs swimmers.
In the 400m individual medley, Béatrice had an exceptional race.
Strong in the butterfly and then using her strength in the back with great upside, Beatrice launched into the breaststroke phase of the race and continued her efforts in the freestyle section.
Béatrice lowered her personal best by 14 seconds to set a new personal best of 5.20.32.
Beatrice was on form this weekend as she also set new personal bests in the 100m and 200m backstroke with times of 1.10.52 and 2.31.52 respectively.
Thomas Bruce was also in fine form over the weekend as he worked his way to new personal bests in a range of sprint events.
Thomas started his campaign in the 100m freestyle and broke the 57-second barrier for the first time with his first personal best of 56.99 seconds.
In the 50m butterfly, there was further success for Thomas as he set a new standard of 28.03 seconds.
There was a three and a half second improvement for Thomas in the 200m freestyle as he lowered his personal best to 2.06.56, and to end the weekend another personal best in the 100m butterfly of 1.03. 20.
Head Coach Keith Haynes said: “The swimmers had a great learning experience at Leeds.
“They had to fend for themselves through heats and finals and worked to improve their time standards from those morning swims to their evening swims, which is a hugely important skill to develop.
“We’ve had some real breakthroughs in swimming with big improvements and that should help swimmers feel confident heading into the regional championships in May.”