The Chesterfield Summer Splash is an important Derbyshire open swimming meet which attracts the most competitive swimmers from all over the East Midlands. Furthermore, it only makes awards to the top 3 swimmers, by age, in each event (when 6 is the norm), which means that something won at this meet is a true accolade. It is, therefore, a huge tribute to Matlock Swimming Club that 86 competitive swims by 14 of our members produced 1 speeding certificate, 38 medals, (and 1 disqualification).
The roll-call of swimmers, for the most part, makes familiar reading! Helen Cross of Tansley won 1 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals while older sister Sarah counted three golds among her 5 awards. Jemma Gascoyne won 1 gold alongside 2 silvers and sisters Lowri and Sian Heap each took home 1 gold and 2 further medals. Lowri Heap also acquired a “speeding certificate” for her time in 200M backstroke race. Nicola Greaves won a bronze medal in the 100M fly.
Emily Croft and Cerys Heap posted new PB’s in a number of races but unfortunately failed to achieve a top-3 spot, a circumstance shared with open meet-newcomers Cerys and Bronwen Lessiter who the club expects to enrol as regular members of our competitive team.
Among the boys, Callum Gascoyne achieved a 100% record of 5 golds from 5 swims while Jorge Thompson won 1 gold and 2 silvers, posting significant PB improvements along the way. Harrison Fern won 3 bronze medals, all in backstroke and Harry Morley took home 1 gold and 3 silver medals.