Mighty medal haul for Chesterfield swimmers

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Members of Chesterfield Swimming Club achieved a major medal haul at the Derbyshire County Championships in February.

At the short course competition the club won 79 medals - 34 gold, 20 silver and 25 bronze - 152 top six places, 14 regional qualifying times and 259 personal bests.

Competitors aged from nine to 37 years competed in the long course event held over two weekends in February at the Arc in Matlock.

The Derbyshire County Championships is an annual event where swimmers from clubs across the county take part.

Chesterfield swimmers Amber Downham, ten, Laini Cooper, 11, and Brandon Hotham, 11, also won their age groups and Chloe Stennett, 12, and Tom Greig, 13, finished second in the BAGCATS.

There were also a further ten top six finishes in this category that sees competitors accumulate points across a number of different of events.

Mark Tanner, Chesterfield head coach, said: “I am extremely proud of all the swimmers from the club who took part in county championships and every one should celebrate their achievements.

“It is particularly pleasing to see the number of medals we are gaining and also that this is across the age categories from the 10-11 years age group to the 20 years and over age group. We continue to grow as a club and this is clearly demonstrated in our recent successes.”

Laini’s parent Julie Cooper added: “Laini thoroughly enjoyed competing at the county championships as she does every year and also added two regional qualifying times as well.”

Laini learned to swim with the club at Highfield Hall aged four and has not looked back.

More than 40 Chesterfield swimmers took part in the two events of the 100 competitive members at the club.

The Derbyshire County Championships (short course) is an annual competition taking place each year in the spring.

Anyone interested in joining the club can call club secretary Simon Mounsey on 01246 567771.