Molly Renshaw

Molly learnt to swim at Ripley RASCALS swimming club in Derbyshire. She quickly proved to be an exceptional talent, still holding many club records from her time there. She joined Derventio Excel in 2006 aged 10, and stayed with us until 2013. During her time with Derventio Excel, she was coached by Mark Rose (now with City of Manchester Aquatics) and Andi Manley (who subsequently moved to Loughborough).

Molly has represented GB at all levels of international swimming. She was selected for the Rio Olympics, where she came 6th in the 200m breaststroke final. She set a new British record in the semi-final. Molly has competed in two World Championships, coming 6th in the 200m breaststroke in Budapest in 2017. Molly has competed at two Commonwealth games, winning a silver medal in 2018 in 200m breaststroke, and a bronze medal in Glasgow in 2014 in this event. She also won a Commonwealth silver medal in the 4 x 100m medley relay. She won a gold medal in the World Short Course Championships in Canada in 2016.

Her success continued, with selection for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, breaking the British record for 200m breaststroke at Trials in April 2021. She made the 200m breaststroke final, coming in 6th place. She represented GB at the World short course championships in Abu Dhabi, winning a bronze medal.

She competed in the International Swimming League for the New York Breakers team

Sarah Vasey

Sarah swam with Derventio Excel until 2016, having begun her swimming career at City of Derby. She excelled at breaststroke from a young age, and developed steadily under the training of Andi Manley. She concentrated on the 50m and 100m breaststroke, and won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia. She also swam in the 4 x 100m women’s relay team that finished in 4th place, narrowly missing out on a medal.

Sarah swam at the World Championships in Budapest in 2017, reaching 3 finals. She also competed at the European Championships in Glasgow in 2018.

She won a National title at the 2017 British Championships, taking the 100m breaststroke title.

Sarah represented Great Britain at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Imogen Clark

Imogen, who is from Morton in Derbyshire, learnt to swim with Rykneld Swimming club before joining DX in 2009, aged 11 years, where she was nurtured by Kim Hill, then Andi Manley and Jamie Main. Despite being diagnosed with epilepsy, this has not stopped Imogen becoming one of the best swimmers in the country.

She achieved extraordinary success in the 50m breaststroke, being ranked in the top 3 in the world. She claimed a silver medal on her international debut at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow. She has also won National titles in 50m breaststroke, and is the current GB record holder in this event, with a time of 30.04.

She represented Energy Standard at the International Swimming League.

In December 2021, Imogen rejoined Derventio Excel, from Winchester. We look forward to seeing what she does next!

Abbie Wood

Abbie swam with Buxton Swimming Club before joining Derventio Excel when she was 11 years old. She is an extremely versatile swimmer who excels in many different events from 200m breaststroke to 400m individual medley. Abbie left DX when she was 16 years old, and began training at the National Centre Loughborough.

She swam at European juniors in Baku in 2015, aged 16, winning a gold medal in the 400m individual medley and 2 bronze medals in 200m i/m and the 4 x 100m medley relay, trained by DX coach Kim Hill,

She has represented GB at a senior level since 2016. She competed at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 reaching the final of the 200m and 400m individual medley. She swam at the World Championships in Budapest in 2017, and the European Championships in London in 2016, Glasgow in 2018 and Budapest 2020. The 2020 event was very successful for Abbie, as she won gold medals as part of the women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay, and the 4 x 200m mixed freestyle event.

She represented Great Britain at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, narrowly missing out on a medal, finishing 4th in the 2000m individual medley.

Abbie swam for New York Breakers at the 2021 International Swimming League.

Abbie was selected for the 2021 World Short Course Championships but unfortunately wasn’t able to go due to having glandular fever. But we can’t wait to see what she does in 2022.

Emma Smithurst

An exceptional swimmer, Emma achieved great success while swimming for Derventio and City of Manchester Aquatics. She swam for Great Britain at the European Short Course Swimming Championships, and won Nationals titles. She still holds a number of Derbyshire swimming records.

Chris Steeples

Chris trained with DX both before and after spells with City of Manchester Aquatics during his University years. He has had a lot of success in the pool, including winning gold in 100m breaststroke in National Championships in 2014. He has represented GB and competed at European Juniors.

Jamie Ingram

Jamie joined DX in 2011 when he was 13 years old, having been at Ripley RASCALS prior to this. He was a very versatile swimmer, initially excelling at 1500m freestyle but he settled on the butterfly as his main stroke. He won a silver medal in 100m butterfly at British Nationals aged 18, finishing behind an Estonian swimmer.

Ryan Reader

Ryan joined DX from City of Derby, and has enjoyed success in a number of different events. More recently, he has been competing with great success at the longer distances including Open Water races.

Kane Haggett

The 50m freestyle specialist trained with DX and went on to represent Great Britain in this event at the US swimming Open.

Jodie Hawksworth

Derventio & GB Swimmer

Harry Webster

Derventio & GB Swimmer

Ben Goodall

About Us


Derventio eXcel is the elite swimming squad for Derbyshire, providing the apex of a performance pathway for Derbyshire swimmers and clubs.

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Next Event

Derventio Excel has a new home and we are delighted to announce our first competitive event of the 22-23 season will be held at Moorways Sports Village, our brand new pool. Kick of the season with this fast paced Level 2 event. Download Meet Pack Here Download Entry File Here