It’s been a busy period with a lot of open meets and galas taking place, so instead of an individual post for each meet, here is a round up of all competitions with the highlights.
The Long Eaton Distance Open
Six swimmers were representing Ilkeston at the LE Distance Open at Queens Street in Derby. James & Sam were both in the 1500m Freestyle, which started in the morning. The first time that James had raced this event and he paced it well coming in on a 21.08.74. Sam has swam the event before, so he knew what to expect. Sam was consistent with his entry time, and also racing his final 1500m under Team Ilkeston.
Session two saw Eve Beharall, Eja Coe and Erin Pickard take on the 400m Freestyle. It was Eve’s first time racing a 400m Freestyle, and she looked strong coming in with a time of 5.36.31, ten seconds faster than previously raced at a time trial. Eja also raced her first official 400m Freestyle coming in 1st place and in a time of 5.21.42. Erin has raced the 400m Freestyle a few weeks earlier at the DX open posting a time of 5.47.89. At the LE meet, Erin posted a new time of 5.46.62.
Session three was Erin and Eve who were both racing the 800m Freestyle for the first time. Both swimmers looked strong and skillful with Erin posting a 11.53.18, and Eve coming in at 11.20.28. To finish off the third session, Angela Guilfoyle completed her 800m in a time of 10.50.07.
Session four, the final session of the day! Eja in the 400m Individual Medley – again the first time that she had raced this officially for a time on the rankings. A good swim coming in at 6.00.63 in first place.
Overall, a great meet for our swimmers, especially pleased to see them giving the distances a go! Well done all – results will be available in the members section asap.
“Ghoul in the Pool”
The Belper Marlins Open, also known as the “Ghoul in the Pool” was well attended by our swimmers with 16 in action. The swimmers were; Alfie Brown, Alicia Bull, Elliot Bestwick, Erica Beharall, Erin Pickard, Ethan Hulme, Eve Beharall, James Wright, Joshua Bestwick, Katie Tompkin, Leo Charlesworth, Lewis Wright, Ollie Palmer, Tegan Hulme, Thomas Ingram and William Wright.
A total of 84 swims entered and 69 times faster than the entry time with thirteen top three placings. The first place positions came from; James Wright in the 100m Breaststroke & 50m Freestyle. Second place positions from; James Wright in the 100m Backstroke, 100m Individual Medley, 100m Butterfly, and 100m Freestyle. Katie Tompkins in the 50m Breaststroke. Bronze placings for; Lewis Wright in the 100m Breaststroke, 100m Individual Medley, and the 100m Butterfly. Tegan Hulme in the 50m Freestyle and 100m Individual Medley. Eve Beharall in the 100m Butterfly.
A total of 28 top six finishes. Team Ilkeston came 7th top club out of 19 competing teams. In addition, the top girl and boy results included two of our swimmers. Lewis Wright in 16th position with 19 points, and James Wright in 2nd position with 32 points – just 3 off the top boy).
East Midland regional qualifications have been achieved at this open meet by:
James Wright – 100m Breaststroke
Tegan Hulme – 50m Freestyle
Lewis Wright – 50m Freestyle
Well done to all swimmers!
The results for these two open meets will be available to view in the members area asap.