Deben make strong start to season

DEBEN Swimming Club kick started their new Summer League season well on two fronts with strong performances from their A and B teams.Over the weekend, the Deben A team travelled to Lowestoft to compete in Division One, while the B team went to Leiston to compete in Division Two after last year's promotion.

DEBEN Swimming Club kick started their new Summer League season well on two fronts with strong performances from their A and B teams.

Over the weekend, the Deben A team travelled to Lowestoft to compete in Division One, while the B team went to Leiston to compete in Division Two after last year's promotion.

The A team competed against clubs from Stowmarket, Halstead, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and both Oulton Broad's A and B teams.

Deben A competed to their usual high standard, with all the swimmers performing to their very best.


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The girls team finished in second place, while the boys came third. Overall Deben A finished in a very commendable second with 196 points.

Louis Seller swam up an age group and still managed to win both his races in the boys 12 and under 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke.

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Claudia Collins had a strong first place in the girls 10 and under 50m freestyle and a very good second in the 10 and under 50m butterfly.

Alex Eames-Bayton had a great swim in the girls 13 and under 100m backstroke to come first and also finished second place in the 100m butterfly.

Evie Adams won an outstanding first place in the girls 13 and under 100m freestyle and a second in the 100m individual medley.

Eleanor Scott gained a first position in the girls 11 and under 50m breaststroke with a second in the 50m butterfly. Emma Studd had an awesome swim in the girls 11 and under 50m backstroke.

Having been down in fourth place for most of the race, Studd amazed everyone to storm through in the last ten metres to win it on the touch.

Owen Smith had a great swim on his return from Australia by achieving a commendable second place.

In the relay events Deben's junior girls team of Emma Studd, Beccy Wilson, Eleanor Scott and Claudia Collins won the 4x50m freestyle and the 4x50 medley.

The senior boys relay team of Alistair Clements, Adam Last, Louis Seller and Owen Smith stormed home to gain first places in both their freestyle and medley events.

The medley relay was won with an outstanding six second lead.

Meanwhile, the Deben B team, competing for the first time in Division Two, came a very credible third place behind Thetford and Beccles.

There were some strong performances overall with first places from swimmers Anton Auty in the boys 13 and under 4 x 25m individual medley, Laura White in the girls 13 and under 100m backstroke and Zac Strowger in the boys 11 and under 50m backstroke.

Amongst the team were a number of young swimmers competing for the first time, Caitlin Russell competing in the 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 25m butterfly, Gregor Tait in the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke, Kathryn Clements in the 50m freestyle and Marcus Ridley in 25m butterfly.

The young swimmers were assisted and supported during the evening by club members Mark Peak, James Attwater and Fenella Foskett.

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