A rising team of young swimmers represented Deepings Swimming Club at the Fenland Open Meet and swam with an impressive 21 medals.
Organized by March Marlins in Whittlesey, the event saw swimmers up to the age of 11 compete in 50m races and those aged 12 and over in 100m races, each having the chance to compete in the 100m individual medley.
Nine-year-old Ashton Hunter continued his impressive streak in 2022 by winning medals in his five races.
He picked up Deepings’ only gold medal of the day triumphing in the 50m backstroke and added a quartet of silvers in the 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly as well as the 100m individual.
Joining Ashton on the podium was James Cash, who bagged four medals from his five events.
James, who was competing in the 11-year-old age group, won two silver medals in the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly plus a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke and 100m individual medley.
Six girls left with medals.
The youngest, Olivia Laud, won bronze in the 100m individual medley for the nine-year-old age group while at the other end of the age scale, Kendra Greenwood-Covell won four medals from bronze in the 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 100m individual.
Lucy Jenkinson won bronze in the 10-year-old 50m backstroke, while silver came from Eydee Chilvers, who is rapidly improving in the 11-year-old 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle, and the promising youngster Mieke McDonald in the 100m butterfly 12 years old.
Mieke also finished third in the 100m breaststroke and was narrowly out of medals in her other races.
Rounding out the medal tally, Isobel Vause took silver in the 100m individual medley for 13-year-olds and bronze in the 100m freestyle.
Lynn Chapman, Head Coach of the Deepings Swimming Club, said: “It was a team of relatively inexperienced swimmers but they all performed well every time.
“I was delighted to see so many of them taking part in all the events and doing themselves justice – their hard work in training is really paying off.”
Girls: Olivia Laud (9 years old): Bronze – 100m individual medley; Lucy Jenkinson (10 years old): bronze – 50m backstroke; Eydee Chilvers (11 years old): silver – 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle; Mieke McDonald (12): silver – 100m butterfly; bronze – 100m breaststroke; Isobel Vause (13): silver – 100m individual medley; bronze – 100m freestyle; Kendra Greenwood-Covell (14): bronze – 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 100m individual medley.
Boys: Ashton Hunter (9 years old): gold – 50m backstroke; silver – 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m individual medley; James Cash (11): silver – 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly; bronze – 50m backstroke and 100m individual medley.