Five out of five for Sarah

a CONTINGENT of swimmers from the Matlock and District Swimming Club travelled to Eckington for that club’s annual Open Meet.

This is an event of the highest standard where tournament records have been set by, among others, Rebecca Adlington, the club’s own Sarah Cross and new club coach Nicola Mackay.

The meeting’s “top girl” award was shared by Sarah, who won five first places out of five events, a feat nearly matched by Helen Thonhill who won four first places and a third.

11-year-olds Nicola Greaves and Cerys Heap each competed five times with Nicola’s fourth place in a strongly contested Fly race being the best return.

Among the ten-year-olds, Jemma Gascoyne followed up her previous week’s success at Rykneld, this time taking one first place and two third places from her swims and Sian Heap won first place in breaststroke, beating fellow Matlock swimmer Helen Cross into second place by 0.2 seconds. Helen did, however, manage three further top-six finishes.

12-year-old Mollie Machin swam one event to set a new personal best at 100M Freestyle while younger sister Phoebe, enjoying her first open meet, swam a creditable 50M Breaststroke.

Other newcomer Michaela Stephen swam four events and won a fourth place award at 50M Freestyle while fellow nine-year-old Lowri Heap swam well in five events but was unfortunate not to pick up a place in a highly contested division.

Callum Gascoyne won two first places and two second places from four swims while Jorge Thompson, also 13, took a fourth place award in 100M backstroke.

Harrison Fern, 12, swam four events to win one sixth place award in breaststroke while younger boys Harry Morley, Jamie Everest and Campbell Stephen each swam a number of events, the latter two also contesting their first open meet, and took one top six place apiece.

The previous evening, the club had travelled to Derby to compete in the first round of the Notts And Derby Diddy League (for younger swimmers). Hampered by not having any 12-year-old girls available on the evening, the team ended a disappointing fourth place, from five clubs.

The position, however, belies the fact that everybody swam bravely against stiff competition and a large number of new personal best times were set.