Retford Swimming Club Open Meet 2011 – 19/06/11

PONDS Forge International pool was the venue for the recent Retford Swimming Club 18th Annual Open Meet which saw 13 Gainsborough Dolphin swimmers compete over 25m with the pool length reduced for this competition. Despite the early start they all produced some outstanding performances during the day totalling 21 top three places and a very honourable 7th club overall from the 32 that were represented. Days from his sixteenth birthday David Trickett was in superb form as he came away with six wins from six events in the boys 15 years age group. The magic minute was broken for the first time in the 100m freestyle as he clocked 58.96 seconds whilst he also produced personal bests in the 50m breaststroke and 100m butterfly. Victories were also achieved in the 100m Individual Medley (I/M), 50m freestyle and 200m I/M. The small posse of nine and ten year old girls in attendance were in the hunt for qualification times for next years Lincolnshire Age Groups and they didn’t disappoint as they all achieved at least one time. Nine year old Shannon Conway also swam an excellent 50m butterfly to claim victory in her age group whilst she had to settle for third in the 50m backstroke. In the same age group Katie Bindon placed sixth in the 50m backstroke, eighth in the 50m freestyle and 15th in the 50m breaststroke whilst Harriet Webster just missed the top six in the 50m breaststroke and butterfly events as she finished seventh in both. Harriet achieved two life time bests in the afternoon session for the 50m backstroke (14th) and 50m freestyle (12th). Competing as a ten year old for the first time Molly Creed came up against some very good competition as she claimed sixth place in the 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke. Even with a huge personal best in the 100m I/M she could only manage seventh while she also recorded ninth in the 50m freestyle and tenth in the 50m breaststroke. Also gaining some qualification times for the Lincolnshire Age Groups was 14 year old Tonicha Watson whose hard work in training proved dividends as she placed third in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events. A ten second personal best helped her to finish fourth in the 200m I/M whilst she secured a top six finish in the 50m backstroke. Completing a busy day she just missed the top six in the 100m backstroke and I/M finishing seventh in both with eighth in the 100m freestyle and ninth in the 50m freestyle. In very competitive age groups both 12 year old Aidan Clover and 11 year old Cammron Bower found it tough going as the former finished 14th in the 100m freestyle and I/M with 13th in the 50m freestyle whilst Cammron placed 11th in the 50m breaststroke, tenth in the 100m breaststroke and 12th in the 50m freestyle. The luckless Jack Boulton continued his mantle of finishing fourth in three of his four events in the morning session of the boys 13 years age group in the 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly and 100m I/M but he made amends later securing three second places in the 50m and 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke. In the same age group Aarron Smith achieved success in winning the 50m butterfly and backstroke events with second in the 100m I/M and third in the 50m breaststroke. An unfortunate slip on the turn cost him further glory in the 50m freestyle as he recovered to finish fourth when a third victory was more than achievable. The boy’s ten year old group also had two representatives as Ben Crookes secured three life time bests in the 50m freestyle (11th), 50m breaststroke (15th) and 100m freestyle (14th). In the 50m backstroke he just missed his personal best to place 13th whilst illegal movement on the blocks saw him disqualified in the 100m I/M. Following a very productive morning session where William Walmsley swam personal bests to claim victory in the 200m freestyle, second in the 100m freestyle and fifth in the 100m backstroke the schedule was anything but kind to him in the afternoon. A hat-trick of fourth places were achieved as he produced a life time best in the 100m breaststroke before he had to dig deep in the last two events of the day. Following a disappointing 100m butterfly he had only ten minutes to recover before producing the gutsiest swim of his life in the 200m I/M. Looking tired and lethargic he somehow found the energy to finish very strongly as he was just touched out of third place by eight one hundredths of a second. In the Mens 16/O age group 18 year old Peter Trickett had a very successful day as he placed in the top six in all his five events. Two personal best times saw him place first and sixth in the 200m and 100m freestyle events respectively with second place in the 200m I/M, third in the 100m backstroke and fourth in the 50m backstroke. For more information on the Club please visit

Gainsborough Dolphins SC Club Championships – 26.06.11

THE West Lindsey Leisure Centre was the venue for the eagerly anticipated first round of in-house club championships held by Gainsborough Dolphins Swimming Club. A packed house witnessed the new look championships following the end of the former three swimming clubs in the town at the close of last year. The programme on the evening contained all the old records set under the previous clubs as a reminder of their history meaning all winning times set on the night became the new bench mark for the future years. Special mention to all the club committee who worked tirelessly to ensure that all the new groups and categories were catered for including all the non-competitive and competitive swimmers. Full results: Boys 50m Backstroke: Group 2 (Goldfish, Penguins and Sea Lions) – 9yrs 1st Ethan Burton, 2nd Declan Woodhead; 10yrs 1st Toby Sutherland; 11yrs 1st Jacob Sutherland; 12yrs 1st Regan Johnson; Group 2 (Swordfish, Piranhas, Sharks and Masters) – 10yrs 1st James Beresford, 2nd Ben Crookes; 11yrs 1st Ewan McKay, 2nd William Walmsley, 3rd Lawrence Hepton; 12yrs 1st Aidan Clover, 2nd Cammron Bower, 3rd Zaki Thomas; 13yrs 1st Aarron Smith 2nd Henry Cawte; 14yrs 1st Jack Boulton; 15yrs 1st Kieran Ferry; 16/24yrs 1st James Smith, 2nd Peter Trickett, 3rd David Trickett; 25/Over 1st Nic Clover; Girls 50m Freestyle: Group 2  (Goldfish, Penguins and Sea Lions) – 9yrs 1st Jessica Gale, 2nd Ryley Johnson; 10yrs 1st Charlotte Hubble-Simpson, 15yrs 1st Georgina Hubble-Simpson;  Group 2 (Swordfish, Piranhas, Sharks and Masters) – 9yrs 1st Chloe Huddart, 2nd Harriet Webster, 3rd Lydia Smith; 10yrs 1st Molly Creed, 2nd Shannon Conway, 3rd Katie Bindon; 11yrs 1st Hollie Watkins, 2nd Lydia Waring, 3rd Lily Blades; 12yrs 1st Loveday Beresford, 2nd Charlotte Smith, 3rd Zahrah Thomas; 13yrs 1st Georgia McKay; 15yrs 1st Tonicha Watson, 2nd Lauren Zaitschenko;  16/24yrs 1st Robyn Dand, 2nd Emily Wright, 3rd Sophie Blades; 25/Over  1st Ruth Howitt, 2nd Rachel Haldenby; Boys Half Length (small pool members) – 1st Thomas Edwards, 2nd George Blackbourn, 3rd Zac Hill; Boys Half Length (widths) – 1st Owen Ramsden, 2nd Liam Thornton, 3rd Simon Papworth; Girls Half Length (small pool members) – 1st Ellise Rymer, 2nd Lauren Douce, 3rd Poppy Littlewood; Girls Half Length (widths) – 1st Abbie Edwards, 2nd Grace Warwick, 3rd Carly Conran; Boys 100m Breaststroke – 11yrs 1st Ewan McKay, 2nd William Walmsley, 3rd Lawrence Hepton; 12yrs 1st Cammron Bower, 2nd Regan Johnson, 3rd George Tooke; 13yrs 1st Henry Cawte, 2nd Aarron Smith; 14yrs 1st Jack Boulton; 15yrs 1st Kieran Ferry; 16/24yrs 1st David Trickett, 2nd James Smith, 3rd Peter Trickett;  25/Over 1st Nic Clover; Girls 100m Backstroke – 11yrs 1st Lydia Waring, 2nd Lily Blades, 3rd Hollie Watkins; 12yrs 1st Loveday Beresford, 2nd Charlotte Smith; 13yrs 1st Georgia McKay; 15yrs 1st Tonicha Watson, 2nd Lauren Zaitschenko; 16/24yrs 1st Robyn Dand, 2nd Katie Blades, 3rd Hollie Blades; 25/Over 1st Ruth Howitt; Boys 25m backstroke – 7/Under 1st Brandon Smith, 2nd Saul Bayne; 8yrs 1st Ben Haldenby, 2nd Morgan Stamp, 3rd Nathan Woodhead; Girls 25m Backstroke – 7/Under 1st Emma Jackson, 2nd Georgia Walmsley, 3rd Aimee Clover; 8yrs 1st Nicole Bindon, 2nd Hollie Wilson; Boys 200m Freestyle – 9-11yrs 1st Ewan McKay, 2nd William Walmsley, 3rd James Beresford; Mens 200m Freestyle – 1st James Smith, 2nd David Trickett, 3rd Peter Trickett; Girls 9-11yrs 200m Breaststroke – 1st Lydia Waring, 2nd Chloe Huddart, 3rd Grace Tooke; Ladies 200m Breaststroke – 1st Emily Wright, 2nd Tonicha Watson, 3rd Loveday Beresford. The Club would like to thank all the swimmers for their efforts, volunteers for their help and time and spectators for creating a wonderful atmosphere.

Lincolnshire Masters – East Midland Inter Counties

A HEAVILY depleted Lincolnshire squad recently travelled to the Queens Leisure Centre at Derby for the East Midlands Inter County Masters Competition. Containing four representatives selected from Gainsborough Dolphins they placed fifth against a high standard of swimmers from Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire (A and B teams) and Leicestershire.  With many of the county swimmers missing it meant a heavy work load for those in attendance forcing as many as nine races each over the hour and a half of competition.  Fresh from her honeymoon in the Caribbean was Ruth Howitt and despite having not trained for over a month put in some very good performances to finish fifth in both the 50m breaststroke and backstroke events of the Ladies 18-30 years age group. The many absentees resulted in Dolphins Masters team manager Nic Clover and club mate James Lugg being the only male representatives in the 30-39 years age group. James swam an excellent 50m freestyle finishing fifth in a very close finish whilst Nic gained a fourth in the 50m breaststroke and two fifth place finishes in his less than favourite 50m butterfly and backstroke events. Making his debut for Lincolnshire in the Masters was 18 year old Peter Trickett who produced a fine swim to place fourth in the Mens 18-30 years 50m backstroke as he was also involved in a tight finish between second and fifth places. All four contributed to many relay events alongside their fellow county teammates with them all putting in creditable displays. Further congratulations to Ruth and Peter who were presented with their Lincolnshire county colours by the President of Derbyshire ASA prior to the first race of the afternoon.   The formation of the new swimming club in the town has allowed the Masters section to have its own identity and water time away from the main competitive squads. With two categories available for competitive and fitness the sessions are organised and friendly with achievable schedules allowing for personal development at each member’s own pace. Any ex-swimmers who fancy getting back in and reliving their youth or anyone who wishes to attend to improve their fitness are more than welcome. For more information please visit the Club website – or contact Nic Clover 07519520021 or email

Vacancy – Swimming Club Finance Manager

There is currently a vacancy within the Swimming Club for a Finance Manager.
Julie, our current Finance Manager, who has taken the club through the difficult set up period putting the necessary procedures in place to ensure a ‘big business’ like our club can function and control its finances, is to stand down due to an increase in her business and outside commitments.
Julie has done a fantastic job in getting us to where we are and will assist in providing all the necessary training for her replacement.
A brief resume of the job is in the attached PDF file – further details can be made available and any questions answered via an email enquiry to
Nigel Stevenson

Midland Age Group Championships – June 2011

COMPETING recently over two consecutive weekends saw 12 year old Henry Cawte represent Gainsborough Dolphins at the Midland Age Group Championships in the 50m pool at Coventry. With qualifying times for this event becoming increasingly tough the Kexby based swimmer was the only representative to enter for Dolphins against the fastest swimmers from across the Midland region. Qualifying for seven events Henry opted not to compete in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke, allowing him to concentrate on achieving success in his favourite breaststroke events. In both the 100m and 200m breaststroke he qualified for the final after placing eighth and seventh respectively after the heats. The 200m saw him finish in eighth place where only tenths of a second separated him from a fifth place in a very close finish. His time was just outside his personal best as it was in the 100m where he bettered his position to finish seventh in the final out of the much detested lane 8. Henry had started his campaign in the 400m freestyle and was again just outside his life time best as he finished 14th overall after being seeded 20th. Unfortunately for Henry his 200m Individual Medley came hot on the heels of his 200m breaststroke final and despite a brave effort he was unable to produce a new personal best as he finished 20th. Luck deserted the youngster again in his final event as the dreaded lane 8 was drawn for him in the 200m freestyle. Following a very good first 100m he tired slightly to finish 30th overall out of a field of 38. Unfortunately for current Lincolnshire champion he also missed out on qualifying for the National Age Group Championships in August by tenths of seconds in both the breaststroke events.  For more information on the Club please visit