Superb displays by RASCALS

The Ripley Rascals' team'Photo by Richard J Richards
The Ripley Rascals' team'Photo by Richard J Richards

A group of 23 Ripley RASCALS swimmers have competed in the annual Derbyshire Age Group Championships, achieving some very fine results.

The Championships, which were held over the past two weekends at Arc Leisure Matlock, saw the best swimmers in the county competing against each other in a highly competitive gala.

Out of 182 swims over the two weekends, there were a colossal 136 personal best times (PBs).

Several of the swimmers achieved Midlands qualifying times, which means they will be competing at the regional finals held in Coventry in June.

Jamie Ingram (14) won the 1500m in a new Derbyshire Junior Record time of 16 minutes 12.14, beating his PB by over 12 seconds for this 60-length race. He also won the 200m breaststroke, 100m butterfly, 100m breaststroke, 100m individual medley, and 50m butterfly.

He finished second overall in 14yo BAGCATS, and won the trophy for Top Boy of the Championships. He achieved nine Club ‘All Time Best’ records, an amazing achievement in this the club’s 40th anniversary year.

Jason Lockwood (11) won the 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke, and was narrowly beaten into second place in the BAGCATs by the agonisingly small margin of four points.

Thomas Higgins (nine) finished second in the 50m breaststroke. Harry Large (nine) finished in tenth place overall with PBs in all the events he competed in.

Also doing well for the boys were Sam Marsh (nine), Andrew Parr and James Steeples.

Not to be outdone, the girls who competed also achieved some very fine results.

Fearn Middleton (13) finished in fourth place overall in BAGCATS, and swam Midlands Championship qualifying times in 100m and 200m backstroke. The 200m backstroke was a club ‘All Time Best’.

Alice Richards (11) finished second overall in BAGCATS, and achieved Midlands times for 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle, and 400m freestyle while Mia Barber finished third overall, gaining her first ever Midlands time in 100m backstroke.

Jess Hancock (11) also had a fine Championships, with many huge PBs, very narrowly missing out on a Midlands time in 100m freestyle.

Molly Cooper (ten) finished ninth overall with some great performances along the way.

Also for the ten-year-old girls, Lauren Clark was 11th overall, Lizzy Howe 12th and Pippa Bamford 13th. Ella Ingram (12) finished in overall 11th for her age group with some strong swims.

Also competing and doing the club proud were Charlotte and Hannah Middup, Kezia Emerton, Georgina Holbird-Gale, Emily Field, Isabel Thompson and Jess Lockwood.

And last but not least, well done to Molly Renshaw (16) who won 100m backstroke, 200m and 400m individual medley (this being a club All Time Best).

The club would like to offer thanks to the wonderful coaching team of Glenn Fisher, Scott Tovell-Coleman and Chris Wilgoose, plus DXDS coach Kim Hill.