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THE recent May Bank Holiday weekend saw swimmers from Gainsborough Dolphins descend upon Spalding for the 27th annual Tulip Open Meet hosted by South Lincs Swimming Club. What proved to a hugely successful and enjoyable weekend resulted in the 21 swimmers returning with personal best times galore and 36 top six places, including two firsts, ten seconds and six thirds. To add to this remarkable fete the Club finished seventh overall with ten of the swimmers accumulating enough points to finish in the top six in their age groups. The two victories both came on the second day of competition through 17 year old Megan Stevenson and 12 year old Henry Cawte. Leading a nail biting 50m freestyle sprint from start to finish Megan was immense as she held off the competition whilst Henry, in his less favourable stroke, secured gold with a huge six second life time best in the 100m backstroke. Megan also qualified for three other finals as she took third in the 100m freestyle and backstroke whilst she placed sixth in the 100m butterfly. In the boys 12 years Henry capped off an excellent weekend as he made the final of all his events with fifth in the 100m butterfly but he was twice touched out by the narrowest of margins in the 100m freestyle and breaststroke. Competing in their first Open Meets were a trio of nine year old girls in Harriet Webster, Molly Creed and Katie Bindon whilst it allowed the ten year olds of William Walmsley and James Beresford and 11 year old Cammron Bower the first taste of 100m events. These youngsters did themselves proud as Molly reached two finals, placing second in the 50m backstroke and third in the 50m freestyle. Katie also reached the final of the 50m backstroke to finish in sixth whilst Harriet just missed the final of the 50m butterfly finishing seventh. William and James reached three finals apiece as the former finished second in the 100m butterfly and freestyle, with third in the 100m backstroke. James swam superbly well to claim second in the 100m breaststroke which he followed up with fourth in the 100m freestyle and sixth in the 100m backstroke. They both had to settle for seventh place and first reserve for the final in the 100m breaststroke and butterfly respectively. Also making three finals was Loveday Beresford in the girls 11 years age group as she swam life time bests to claim second in the 100m backstroke and butterfly with a fourth in the 100m freestyle. The 13 year old pairing of Aarron Smith and Jack Boulton had another successful weekend as they both made four finals in their respective 100m events. Aarron finished fourth in the 100m butterfly and backstroke, fifth in the 100m breaststroke and freestyle whilst Jack was just missed the podium in the 100m breaststroke and freestyle with fourth place finishes. In the 100m butterfly Jack finished in fifth whilst he had to settle for sixth in the 100m backstroke. In the girls 14 years 100m breaststroke Tonicha Watson produced a fantastic swim to finish fifth in the final as did 18 year old Pete Trickett in the boys 15/O 100m backstroke. In the same event Will Cawte gained a personal best to finish third whilst he also made the final of the 100m butterfly to finish sixth. Competing only of the second day 21 year old Emily Wright was in fine form to finish second in the girls 15/O 100m breaststroke whilst she placed sixth in the 50m freestyle. The remaining top six finishes both came in the relay events as the quartet of Aidan Clover, Henry, Loveday and Lydia Waring finished sixth in the 12/U Individual Medley (I/M) whilst the 13/O event produced a fantastic effort. Megan anchored the relay on the freestyle leg and she had to dig in deep to hold off the competition to take second place alongside Peter, Will and Emily. Other results by swimmer (key: fc = freestyle, br = breaststroke, bk = backstroke, fly = butterfly): Aidan Clover (12 years) – 11th 100m fc, br and bk, 28th 100m I/M, 58th 50m fc; Loveday (11) – 7th 100m br, 12th 100m I/M, 26th 50m fc; Lydia Waring (11) – 14th 100m br, 51st 100m I/M, 15th 100m fc, 14th 100m bk, 69th 50m fc; Cammron (11) – 13th 100m br, 17th 100m fc; William (10) – 23rd 100m I/M, 41st 50m fc; James (10) – 24th 100m I/M, 50th 50m fc; Molly (9) – 7th 50m br; Katie (9) – 8th 50m br and fc; Harriet (9) – 16th 50m br, 14th 50m bk, 12th 50m fc; Aarron (13) – 17th 100m I/M, 27th 50m fc; Jack (13) – 19th 100m I/M, 20th 50m fc; Tonicha (14) – 11th 100m fc and bk, 26th 100m I/M, 46th 50m fc; Amy Evans (14) – 9th 100m fly, 11th 100m br, 15th 100m fc, 14th 100m bk, 32nd 100m I/M, 41st 50m fc; Lauren Zaitschenko (14) – 14th 100m breaststroke, 17th 100m fc, 39th 100m I/M, 64th 50m fc, 15th 100m bk; Megan (18) – 8th 100m I/M and 100m br; Will (16) – 7th 100m I/M, 8th 100m fc; Pete (18) – 7th 100m fly, 10th 100m I/M, 12th 50m fc and 100m br; Chloe Gilmour (13) – 15th 100m bk, 17th 100m br, 16th 100m fc, 65th 50m fc; Nic Clover (37) – 8th 100m br, 17th 50m fc. Relays results: Freestyle 12/U (William, James, Molly, Katie) 7th; Freestyle 13/O (Jack, Aarron, Amy, Tonicha) 14th. Individual age group awards: boys 10 years – William 2nd, James 3rd; boys 12 years – Henry 2nd; boys 13 years – Aarron 4th, Jack 5th; boys 15/O – Will 6th, Pete 11th; girls 9 years – Molly 4th, Katie 10th; girls 11 years – Loveday 3rd; girls 14 years – Tonicha 7th; girls 15/O – Megan 5th, Emily 8th. The Club would like to express their huge appreciation to all the swimmers for their outstanding performances and good behaviour, to the coaches (Mark Smith, Leanne Clover, Chris Webster and Nic Clover) for their dedication and support. Fully deserving is a massive thank you to all the parents and supporters for their rousing and incredible support over the weekend.
LAST weekend three swimmers from Gainsborough Dolphins competed at the Midland Youth Championships at the 50m Coventry International Pool. With the qualifications times for this years event as tough as ever the standard of swimmers was of the highest quality from the Midland region. Unfortunately the notoriously slow pool lived up to its reputation with all swimmers times outside life time bests and this was no different for the Dolphins trio. In her only event 14 year old Robyn Dand had a valiant attempt at the 50m backstroke to finish in 14th place in her age group. Qualifying for two events 16 year old James Smith claimed an impressive 11th place in the 15/O age group in the 100m breaststroke, finishing just under a second outside his personal best. In the 400m freestyle James found it tough going as did many of the other competitors to place 27th in the same age category. 15 year old David Trickett qualified inside the required times in all three breaststroke events, the 50m, 100m and 200m. Unfortunately he too found it hard going in the 15/O age group as he recorded 14th, 14th and 18th in the respective events. The experience in the 50m pool will have given these three some invaluable insight before further competitions at both Midland and National level over the next few months. For more information on the Club please visit www.gainsboroughdolphins.co.uk.
CONTINUING their impressive start to the year the brother and sister duo of James and Loveday Beresford represented Gainsborough Dolphins at the 3rd Annual Worksop Dolphins Open Meet. Competing at the Valley Road Pool in an event dedicated to 10 to 15 year olds they entered seven events between them with James gaining personal best times in three and Loveday just managing one life time best. Finishing fifth overall in the 12 years age group Loveday claimed victory in the 100m butterfly and sixth in the 100m freestyle. In a very tight finish she edged out the third placed swimmer to claim second in the 200m freestyle, reducing her personal best by just over half a second. 10 year old James had a mixed day as he started badly in the 200m Individual Medley pulling up with cramp as he was unable to finish the race. Gratitude goes to the event organisers who were very comforting and supportive. Credit to James as this did not deter him from competing in the 200m breaststroke to claim victory in his age group with a three second personal best. He secured fourth in the 200m backstroke shaving a massive ten seconds off his life time best and also impressed to reduce his personal best by over six seconds to finish seventh in the 200m freestyle. These results rewarded James with a seventh place overall in the 10 year old age group. Many thanks to the coaches at City of Lincoln Pentaqua for taking the Sturton by Stow based pair under their wing for the event and for their encouragement and guidance over the day. For further information on Gainsborough’s sole swimming club please visit www.gainsboroughdolphins.co.uk.
EIGHT Gainsborough Dolphins swimmers recorded many personal best times at the recent Doncaster Dartes Minster Meet at Beverley with four swimmers competing in an open meet for the first time. Lydia Waring (11), a more experienced swimmer, swam four events achieving personal best times in three of them, swimming nearly five seconds faster in her 100m individual medley which was rewarded with 7th place. Other swims included 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke each with a one second personal best. Amelia Carter (11) and Ella Marsh (12) were two swimmers swimming for the first time. They competed in two and three events respectively and overcame their nerves and both achieving personal best times. Brother and sister Grace and George Tooke (10 and 11) both knocked a massive 10 seconds off their previous times for 100m individual medley which was reward for their hard training in sessions. George achieved 6th place in that event along with 7th place for 50m freestyle. Grace also knocked nearly four seconds off her 50m freestyle time and finishing 7th in the 50m breaststroke. Zaki and Zahrah Thomas (both 11) also had some outstanding swims with Zahrah recording second place in her 50m butterfly along with 5 second PB in her 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle. Zaki swam 6 seconds faster than he previously in the 100m individual medley finishing in 8th and came 9th in his freestyle race. Fourteen year old Lauren Zaitschenko also had some good swims coming 3rd place in the 50m breaststroke and also achieving 5th in the 100m IM and 50m backstroke. The gala was successful for all swimmers with many personal bests along with valuable gala experience.