Swimmers from across the age ranges have been in competitive action for Belper Marlin Swimming Club.
Eckington was the location for a competition where young swimmers could go up against clubs from around the Midlands and boy did Marlin make their mark!
A plethora of medals and trophies were lifted by magnificent swims across the board in both boys and girls heats.
The highest places achieved were Rachel Ainley in first and Sarah Dymond in second for the girls, while Ryan Horobin, Cameron Haynes, Domonic Shrimpling all achieved first and Sam Bassett third places for the boys. It was proved a great day with plenty of atmosphere generated by the screaming parents.
Moving on to the high profile DX Open Meet, this gave the Marlin squad the chance to prove their steel against some of the best young swimmers in the area.
Personal bests were smashed with Casper Raynard acheiving many first places, William Brookes second place and Amy Neild a third place. All three achieved Midland qualifying times. Tia Millington and Madeleine Shrimpling also came home with third places in their events.
Having been promoted, the Derventio squad, under the Belper Marlin banner, saw Joshua Horobin better his Midlands time by breaking through into national qualifying in his 100m breaststroke, winning gold at this event. Elliott Stubbs got a Midland time which puts him into a higher category competition. The sky’s the limit for all these swimmers.
The older generation of Belpers swimmers were represented at the recent Yorkshire Masters Open Swimming Championships at Scarborough. Chris Weeds and Robert Rantzen competed in 13 events, gaining six personal best times and five medals between them. They hope to return to next year’s event with a larger team and continue the club’s success.