A swimming club from Swadlincote is celebrating its most successful year yet as four swimmers qualified to compete in the regional championships.
In May, four keen swimmers from Swadlincote Swimming Club, which is based at Green Bank Leisure Centre, travelled to Ponds Forge, an international sports centre in Sheffield, to show off their skills at the East Midlands Regional Swimming Championships.
Swimmers are chosen to compete at this level if they are deemed fit enough by their coach, where they enter a team called the "development squad" to undergo more intense, specific training in order to gain faster swimming times.
Back in February this year, Micheal Baxter, 15, qualified with fast enough training times to enter the 150 breast stroke, 400m individual medley, 200m individual medley, 200m breast stroke and 50m breast stroke.
On the second day of the championships in May, he made it into the final of the 200m breast stroke. To qualify for the national championships, the talented teen needed to swim under two minutes and 42.5 seconds.
Unfortunately, Micheal just missed out on his chance of success by 0.29 seconds, coming in at a time of two minutes, 42.79. On the final day, Micheal managed to make it into the 50m breast stroke final.
Although he missed out on a national championships invitation by 0.4 seconds, he and his teammates and coach say they are immensely proud of him.
Teammate Micheal Brown, also 15, qualified for the 100m breast stroke but unfortunately didn't make the final.
Ben Wells, just 14 years old, qualified for the 100m breast stroke, 400m front crawl and 200m breast stroke. Although he didn't manage to make any of the finals, members of the swimming committee expressed how proud they were of the youngster and said he swam "really well".
Rhiannon Clarke, also aged 14, swam fast enough to compete in the 100m front crawl, 100m breast stroke, 50m back stroke, 50m breast stroke and 50m front crawl.
Said Leanne Bancroft, 35, and a member of the committee and administrator at Swadlincote Swimming Club: "She finished fourth in the final and missed out on a medal by 0,02 seconds, it was so close. To have swimmers qualify for regional level, as a club, it's been pretty much our most successful year yet.
"As a club we are immensely proud of them. Compared to a lot of clubs, we're small, with 150 swimmers, so percentage wise, to have that many get to regional championships and swim so well, it's just a massive achievement for us.".
"We have mixed emotions from them. Micheal was so frustrated and disappointed, but no-one expected them to do as well as they did."
The club, which was established in 1993, is looking to enter even more swimmers into next year's development squad.
Swimmers start training at the club as young as six and their performance throughout the year, their dedication to competition entering times and their level of fitness determines their place in the regional qualifiers.
Those who succeed at regional level then progress onto the national championships in Sheffield.