Derventio eXcelled at Midland Short Course Championships
British records, regional records, county records and personal best times were smashed as Derventio eXcel swimmers took to the waters of Corby International Pool for the Midland Short Course Championships this weekend winning medals galore.
Twenty six Derventio eXcel swimmers took part in the championships and the swimmers from the Derbyshire elite squad proved they are a force to be reckoned with at all ages.
Derventio came away with no fewer than 46 medals, surpassing last year’s mark of 29 medals by a massive margin.
The competition kicked off with BEN GOODALL winning a Bronze medal in the 400 m Freestyle and smashing the nine year old county record in the process. Ben also took Gold in the Junior 400m I.M and placed himself 5th in the senior final, he took the junior silver in the 200m Fly and finished 7th in the senior final.
JAMES LATHAM took the hat trick of junior boys Breaststroke events winning Gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m. James emerged the victor smashing his personal best time in a time of 1.05.20. Showing his versatility and strength in all strokes James also won silver in the junior men’s 100m I.M and bronze in the junior men’s 100m Free, 200m Free and 200m I.M.
DX female swimmers took charge of the Breaststroke events and went one, two in the 100m Breaststroke senior and junior championships with MOLLY RENSHAW taking two Gold medals and JODIE HAWKSWORTH taking two Silver medals. In the 50m event Hawksworth swam to a new county record taking the title in the junior event and silver in the senior event with SARAH VASEY storming to Bronze in the senior event and silver in the junior event.
Derventio then won all the medals in the junior women’s 200m Breaststroke event with Molly Renshaw breaking her own British junior short course record and smashing the regional senior and junior and County records in a time of 2.25.05 (subject to ratification), missing the senior British record by 0.05. This performance also earnt Molly junior performance of the meet.
Her teammates Jodie Hawksworth and ABBIE WOOD took Silver and Bronze respectively in the juniors and Silver and 6th respectively in the senior events.
Molly won silver in the 400m I.M senior and gold in the junior event. She took gold in the 100m I.M junior and senior events in a new county record with Jodie taking silver in the junior event. Molly also took gold in the junior 200m I.M and silver in the senior final.
KEVIN WALLBANK took junior men’s Gold in the 200m I.M posting a new junior men’s county record and finishing 5th in the senior men’s final. Kevin also captured junior Gold in the men’s 200m Butterfly finishing 6th in the senior final, and junior Gold in the men’s 100m Fly and 50m Fly. Kevin also took Bronze in the men’s junior 400m I.M, finishing 6th in the senior final, which he then repeated in the 100m I.M final capturing the junior Gold.
In the men’s 200m Freestyle Kevin Wallbank took Junior silver and James Latham junior Bronze. MISCHA MENZIES smashed his personal best time to go 1.57.13 for the first time to add to his first sub 54 second 100m freestyle this weekend.
HANNAH JONES took 2 medals, with a Bronze in the junior women’s 100m Fly and a Silver in the junior women’s 200m Fly placing 7th in the senior final.
Sprint specialist and Club Captain KANE HAGGETT smashed his personal best time to take Silver in the 100m Free, and showed that he is a force to be reckoned with when he dominated the 50m Freestyle going sub-23 seconds in a new county record time and finished 6th in the 50m Backstroke.
LUCY WOOD took a Bronze medal in the women’s Junior 200m Backstroke.
TYLER-ANNE BLACK took Bronze in the Junior Women's 50m Fly, and Bronze in the 4 x 100m Free Relay.
Derventio eXcel's women’s relay teams were also out in force. Winning the Bronze medal in a very exciting 4 x 100m Free were Frances Marshall, Molly Renshaw, Tyler-Ann Black with Women’s Captain Evie Keane posting a 57.61 to move the team up to Bronze position. In the 4 x 100m Medley Relay DX had no less than 3 teams out in force, with the A team of Eve Farnsworth, Molly Renshaw, Hannah Jones and Evie Keane winning a Silver medal in a new county record time. The B team of Lucy Wood, Jodie Hawksworth, Tyler-Ann Black and Fran Marshall just missed out on a medal finishing 4th.