A small team from Deben Swimming Club competed at this weekend’s (5-7th May) Youth Regional championships, which were held at Basildon Sporting Village for the first time.
Many new personal best times were achieved, and with more swimmers making finals than ever before, a highly successful weekend was had by all who took part!
Adam Last began his competition with a great start in the 50m backstroke in the 17 years and over category. With a new PB of 30.53 and making the final, he finished 7th.
In the 100m breaststroke he came 6th with a time of 1.11.69, gaining a place in the final and finishing 7th in 1.12.90.
After a disappointing 100m freestyle, Adam went on to race the 50m freestyle and made the final in 5th position in 26.00. He then went on to produce a fantastic PB of 25.85 and finished 4th!
In the 50m breaststroke, Adam qualified in 3rd place for the final (32.63), and then in a fantastic race he pulled out all the stops and went for it, and managed to secure an amazing gold medal! A superb performance!
Bethany Elmer competing in the 17 and over age group had a busy 2 days of swimming. In the 200m breaststroke, she qualified for the final where she had a great race finishing 4th with a time of 2.53.25.
Racing in the 50m freestyle, she came 16th in a time of 30.27. Bethany than went on to compete in the 50m breaststroke, where she once again qualified for the final in 7th place (37.76) and was placed 8th in 38.10.
In the 200m freestyle, Bethany surprised everyone by making the final in 7th place (2.23.01), and then went one better in the final by coming 6th with a time of 2.21.85.
Once again making the final in the 100m breaststroke, Bethany finished 6th with a time of 1.21.19. She also made the final of the 200m IM in 8th place and converted it to 7th position in 2.40.26.
Caitlin Russell competing in her first ever Regional championships had a great weekend of competition. She was racing in all 3 of the breaststroke events in the 15/16 years age category.
In her first race the 200m breaststroke, she managed to qualify for the final in 5th place with a new PB of 2.53.31, which was a fantastic achievement at the lower end of the age group! In the 50m breaststroke, Caitlin also made the final coming 7th with a time 37.25.
Then in the 100m breaststroke, she made another final (1.20.61), converting it to a very commendable 6th position in 1.20.56. Caitlin also raced in the 50m butterfly with a time of 33.07 finishing 33rd in her age group.
Kieran Whight, stepping up to the Youth regionals for the first time, started his competition with the 400m freestyle, finishing 22nd in the 15/16 years age band with a time of 4.34.44.
Next in the 200 butterfly, Kieran made the final and finished a great 6th position in 2.23.51. In the 100m butterfly, he also made the final with a fantastic new PB of 1.04.21 and finished 8th slightly slower in 1.05.39.
In the 50m fly, Kieran produced another PB, 29.85, coming 34th in a tough age group; and finally in the 200m freestyle he came 25th in 2.11.16.
Fenalla Foskett and Robert Whight both home from University, were competing for the Deben Team in the 17 years and over age group.
Fenella coming back from a long period of illness, did a great job in the 50m freestyle, gaining a bronze medal with a new best time of 28.34.
In the 200 IM, she also made the final with a time of 2.25.91, narrowly missing out on the National qualifying time. In the final she gained a silver medal with a time of 2.26.04.
Fenella was the fastest qualifier in the 100m freestyle in 59.79, so she had everything to go for. In the final she finished with a fantastic silver medal going slightly faster in 59.16,
but more importantly she came away with that elusive National qualifying time! A sensational achievement!
Rob Whight produced a solid 55.34 in the 100m freestyle giving him a place in the final, where he was placed 8th in 56.66.
In the 50m freestyle, he had a strong swim going into the final in 3rd place with a time of 25.11 and then gaining a silver medal position in 24.92.
In the 50m butterfly he finished 9th with a time 27.38.
Also competing at their first Regional championships, (which is an achievement in itself just to get the qualifying times!)
Annabel Towns competing in the 50m freestyle came 58th in the 15/16 year age group with a time of 30.74.
Lewis Rickards had a very solid swim in the 50m butterfly with a time of 31.75.
Conor Lynch had a fantastic 50m breaststroke, achieving a new best time of 35.76 and coming 24th.
Head Coach, Nikki Merrill, said “I am incredibly proud of all our swimmers, and although it was a long weekend, it was totally worth it. Our club captains (Bethany and Adam) swum their hearts out, as well as supporting the less experienced swimmers.”