THE opening round of this year Lincolnshire Junior League saw Gainsborough Dolphins travel to the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding. Competing against host club South Lincs with swimmers representing Grantham, City of Lincoln Pentaqua and Scunthorpe Anchor, Dolphins arrived with some very nervous youngsters who were competing for the Gainsborough club for the first time. The 49 event gala resulted in Dolphins claiming 22 top three finishes including nine victories. At the senior end of the junior league, for 12 & under swimmers only, both Ewan McKay and Will Walmsley finishes first as the latter won the 12/u 50m backstroke with Ewan recording a double as he swam superbly to touch first in the 12/u 50m butterfly and freestyle. In the 9 years age group both Ryley Johnson and Reuben Gidlow beat the nerves as they both gave outstanding performances to win the girls 25m breaststroke and boys 25m backstroke respectively. Joining Reuben to win the boys 9 years freestyle relay were Morgan Stamp, Nathan Woodhead and Hayden King with Morgan finishing third in his individual 25m breaststroke event. Following good swims from Emily Neal, Sian Saunders and Freya Janney a storming last leg was produced by Lilly Talbot to snatch victory on the touch in the girls 11/u medley relay. Boasting rights for Dolphins on the night were claimed by the girls 10/u squad as the quartet of Lydia Smith, Chloe Huddart, Lucie Blades and Harriet Webster claimed victories in both the freestyle and medley relays. The individual events for this age group saw the girls record four second places in very tight races with Freya Janney the unluckiest as she was denied victory by two one hundredths of a second in the 25m butterfly. Excellent swims from Lydia (50m breaststroke), Lucie (50m backstroke) and Harriet (50m freestyle) capped a fine night for the girls, whilst Chloe swam up in the 11/u girls 50m butterfly to finish third in a new personal best time. In the 11/u age group both Sian Saunders and Ben Ambrose finished second in the 50m breaststroke. The girls 9 years relay team of Marianne Berry, Ryley Johnson, Nicole Bindon and Erin Green were magnificent to claim second place in the medley relay and third in the freestyle event. In the 11/u age group Katie Bindon and in the 10/u Ethan Burton both finished third in the 50m backstroke with the final event of the evening securing the Gainsborough club’s final top three finish. With a selected boy/girl swimmer from each age group they compete in a cannon relay of eight legs of 25m each. Battling throughout in a thrilling finale, Ryley Johnson, Reuben Gidlow, Sophie Marzano, Ethan Burton, Chloe Huddart, Lydia Waring and Ewan McKay had all swam tremendous legs as they were just touched into third by the final Pentaqua swimmer. Excellent swims were also produced by Grace Tooke, Hollie Watkins, Reagan Johnson, Cammron Bower, Billy Thorpe, Declan Woodhead, Ethan Roslee, Hayden Goble, Alex Berry and Toby Sutherland who all contributed to the final result. The Club wish to thank all the supporters for travelling to cheer on the swimmers and to all coaches and volunteers for their assistance on the night. Final result: 1st Scunthorpe Anchor 167 points; 2nd City of Lincoln Pentaqua 164; 3rd Gainsborough Dolphins 132; 4th South Lincs 112; 5th Grantham 104.uddartHuddart, Ben Crookes, Lydia waring and Ean McKay
THE final couple of months of 2011 saw a busy time for some members from the Masters section of Gainsborough Dolphins. Representing the Club at the ASA National Masters in the international surroundings of Ponds Forge at Sheffield saw both Adam Butters and Mike Keeble compete against the fastest swimmers in the country. In the 60-64 year age group, 60 year old Mike suffered a torrid build up with illness and injury, put in two excellent swims to secure fifth and sixth places in the 50m and 100m backstroke respectively. At the other end of the age spectrum 25 year old Adam registered some respectable times as he found in tough going in a very competitive 25-29 years age group. Despite this he recorded 13th place in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke with 16th in the 50m backstroke and 21st in the 50m butterfly. Adam was also in action at Derby in the Etwall Eagles Masters open meet. This event was doubled up with the Derbyshire County Masters championships which saw a high level of competition with swimmers from 39 different clubs. In the 25-29 years he secured a hat-trick of second places in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 100m Individual Medley (I/M) with fifth in the 50m freestyle. In the 18-24 years 22 year old Emily Wright had an outstanding day as she won the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly with second place in the 100m I/M. She also finished third in the 50m and 100m freestyle with fourth in the 50m backstroke. Competing in their first Masters event for the Gainsborough Club were 33 year old Leanne Clover and 41 year old Geoff Huddart. Leanne just missed out on the top three as she produced a fine swim to finish fourth in the 25m freestyle whilst Geoff won the 40-44 years 25m backstroke with fifth in the 25m butterfly and sixth in both the 25m and 50m freestyle. In the 35-39 years Dolphins had two representatives in Chris Webster (39) and Nic Clover (37). The former secured four top six finishes as he won the 25m breaststroke, finishing second in the 25m butterfly, fourth in the 50m butterfly and sixth in the 100m I/M. Masters team manager Nic also claimed four top six places as he won the 100m breaststroke with third in the 100m freestyle, fourth in the 50m freestyle and fifth in the 50m breaststroke. The male quartet teamed up to compete in the combined age group 120+ freestyle and I/M relays as they recorded fourth place in both. Six swimmers returned to Ponds Forge in early December in the South Yorkshire Masters. Outstanding again was Emily Wright and she claimed two second places in the 50m butterfly and breaststroke with third in the 50m freestyle and 100m breaststroke and fifth in the 400m freestyle. Competing for the first time at this arena proved no fear for 24 year old Ian Hansford in the 18-24 years as he finished second on the 100m breaststroke, third in the 50m breaststroke and seventh in the 50m freestyle. An unfortunate disqualification in the 100m freestyle for a false start denied him of another top six placing. 47 year old Jari Goddard put in two gritty performances to claim third in both the 45-49 years 50m freestyle and butterfly whilst 39 year old Steve Morris recorded sixth place in the 35-39 years 50m and 100m breaststroke. The same age group saw Chris Webster finish second in the 50m backstroke with fourth and sixth respectively in the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle events. In the 30-34 years freestyle specialist James Lugg entered all four events securing two third places in the 200m and 400m with seventh in the 100m and eighth in the 50m. 2012 is expected to bring some more exciting times for this section of the Club with some transferring their skills to open water competition amongst the many planned events in the pool. The Club is looking to boost its competitive Masters section asking any ex-swimmers interested in getting back in the water to come along in the New Year. For more details on the Club please visit www.gainsboroughdolphins.co.uk.
A PACKED West Lindsey Leisure Centre witnessed the fourth and final round of in-house club championships held by Gainsborough Dolphins. As with the previous rounds the programme on the evening contained all the old records set under the former constitutions as a reminder of their history meaning all winning times set on the night would become the new times to beat in future years. Full results: Boys 50m Butterfly: Group 2 (Swordfish, Piranhas, Sharks and Masters) – 9yrs 1st Declan Woodhead; 10yrs 1st Ben Crookes; 11yrs 1st Ewan McKay, 2nd William Walmsley; 12yrs 1st Aidan Clover, 2nd Cammron Bower, 3rd Zaki Thomas; 13yrs 1st Aarron Smith, 2nd Henry Cawte, 3rd Bradley Janney; 14yrs 1st Jack Boulton; 15yrs 1st Kieran Ferry; 16/24yrs 1st Will Cawte, 2nd David Trickett, 3rd James Smith; 25/Over 1st Chris Webster, 2nd Mark Smith, 3rd Nic Clover; Girls 50m Breaststroke: Group 2 (Goldfish, Penguins and Sea Lions) – 9yrs 1st Marsail Jolly, 2nd Eleanor Chapman, 3rd Ella Thornton; 10yrs 1st Annabelle Haldenby, 2nd Kaycee Bower, 3rd Charlie Hubble-Simpson; 11yrs 1st Beth Hethershaw; 15yrs 1st Georgina Hubble-Simpson; Group 2 (Swordfish, Piranhas, Sharks and Masters) – 9yrs 1st Sian Saunders, 2nd Lily Talbot, 3rd Chloe Huddart; 10yrs 1st Molly Creed, 2nd Grace Tooke, 3rd Katie Bindon; 11yrs 1st Lydia Waring, 2nd Lucy Thornton, 3rd Hollie Watkins; 12yrs 1st Charlotte Smith, 2nd Zarah Thomas; 13yrs 1st Georgia McKay; 14yrs 1st Amy Evans; 15yrs 1st Tonicha Watson, 2nd Lauren Zaitschenko; 16/24yrs 1st Emily Wright, 2nd Robyn Dand, 3rd Katie Blades; 25/Over 1st Rachel Haldenby; Boys Half Length (small pool members) – 1st Henry Jackson, 2nd Charlie Mell; Boys Half Length (widths) – 1st Clayton Phipps; Girls Half Length (small pool members) – 1st Holly Morton, 2nd Kate Smith, 3rd Anna Boulton; Girls Half Length (widths) – 1st Freya Gidlow, 2nd Lily-Ann Gardner, 3rd Polly Littlewood; Boys 100m Freestyle – 11yrs 1st Ewan McKay, 2nd William Walmsley; 12yrs 1st Aidan Clover, 2nd George Tooke, 3rd Cammron Bower; 13yrs 1st Henry Cawte, 2nd Aarron Smith, 3rd Bradley Janney; 14yrs 1st Jack Boulton; 15yrs 1st Kieran Ferry; 16/24yrs 1st James Smith, 2nd David Trickett, 3rd Will Cawte; 25/Over 1st Nic Clover, 2nd Ian Hansford; Girls 100m Butterfly – 13yrs 1st Georgia McKay; 14yrs 1st Amy Evans; 16/24yrs 1st Megan Stevenson. 2nd Emily Wright; Boys 25m Frontcrawl – 7/Under 1st Brandon Smith, 2nd Saul Bayne; 8yrs 1st Ben Haldenby, 2nd Nathan Woodhead, 3rd Reuben Gidlow; Girls 25m Freestyle – 7/Under 1st Emma Jackson, 2nd Grace Warwick, 3rd Georgia Walmsley; 8yrs 1st Hollie Wilson. 2nd Nicole Bindon; Boys 200m Breaststroke – 9-11yrs 1st Ewan McKay, 2nd Ben Ambrose, 3rd Ben Crookes; Mens 200m Breaststroke – 1st David Trickett, 2nd James Smith, 3rd Henry Cawte; Girls 9-11yrs 200m Freestyle – 1st Molly Creed, 2nd Lucy Thornton, 3rd Chloe Huddart; Ladies 200m Freestyle – 1st Megan Stevenson, 2nd Emily Wright, 3rd Amy Evans. 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 and to wish all the members a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
FOLLOWING their third place in the opening round of the 2011 National Swimming League, sponsored by Arena, Gainsborough Dolphins repeated this result from their travels in the second round at Market Deeping. Facing very strong competition from Deepings, South Lincs, Market Harborough and Corby a near full strength Dolphins outfit gave their all as they contributed to a very competitive and thrilling encounter. Leading the way for Dolphins was the experienced Mens quartet of James Smith, David Trickett, Will Cawte and veteran Mark Smith as they combined to win both their freestyle and medley relays with individual success for David in the 100m breaststroke and James in the 100m freestyle. Both these swimmers finished second in the 100m individual medley and 100m butterfly respectively whilst Will also claimed runner up spot in the 100m backstroke. The swim of the night came from the girls 13/u freestyle relay team as Heather Cooke, Zara Thomas and Charlotte Smith all swimming outstanding legs setting up Georgia McKay on the anchor leg to produce a magnificent final 25m to claim victory. Henry Cawte also produced an unbelievable last length to take the touch by three hundredths of a second to record a personal best in winning the boys 13/u 100m breaststroke whilst team mate Aarron Smith coasted to victory in the boys 13/u 100m butterfly. Henry also recorded a second place in the boys 13/u 100m backstroke and third in the boys 15/u 100m breaststroke with Aarron recording two third places in the boys 13/u 100m freestyle and 15/u 100m butterfly. Henry and Aarron were joined by William Walmsley and Aidan Clover to claim third in the boys 13/u medley relay with Ewan McKay replacing William for the same result in the freestyle relay. 11 year old Ewan had a mixed night as he recorded two unfortunate disqualifications for false starts but won the boys 10-11 years 50m butterfly with only three tenths of a second separating the first three in the 50m freestyle as he finished second. In the same age group Ben Ambrose came second in the 50m breaststroke with William Walmsley third in the 50m butterfly. The 10-11 year old girls also had a good night as Lydia Waring (50m backstroke), Hollie Watkins (50m breaststroke) and Aysha Simpson (50m butterfly) all finished third as did their relay quartet of Lydia, Hollie, Molly Creed and Katie Bindon in both the freestyle and medley events. Both Emily Wright and Megan Stevenson produced good swims to finish second in the Ladies 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke respectively. In the 15/u age group Henry and Aarron teamed up with Jack Boulton and Kieran Ferry for third place in the medley relay with the girls four of Lauren Zaitschenko, Tonicha Watson, Harriett Baird and Shaunie Johnson recording the same result. In her individual events Harriett finished third in both the 100m backstroke and freestyle. The Club wish to express their thanks to all the swimmers for their efforts with outstanding contributions coming from Robyn Dand, Ben Crookes, Eddie Cooke and Sophie Blades. Many thanks to all the parents who travelled to support and the volunteers and coaches on pool side. Final result: 1st South Lincs 192 points; 2nd Deepings 176; 3rd Gainsborough Dolphins 144; 4th Market Harborough 124; 5th Corby 102.
A PACKED West Lindsey Leisure Centre witnessed the third round of in-house club championships held by Gainsborough Dolphins. As with the previous rounds the programme on the evening contained all the old records set under the former constitutions as a reminder of their history meaning all winning times set on the night would become the new times to beat in the future years. Full results: Boys 50m Freestyle: Group 2 (Goldfish, Penguins and Sea Lions) – 9yrs 1st Ethan Burton; 10yrs 1st Alex Piper; 25/Over 1st Ian Hansford; Group 2 (Swordfish, Piranhas, Sharks and Masters) – 9yrs 1st Max Marshall-Malone, 2nd Declan Woodhead; 10yrs 1st Ben Crookes, 2nd Toby Sutherland; 11yrs 1st Ewan McKay, 2nd William Walmsley; 12yrs 1st Aidan Clover, 2nd George Tooke, 3rd Thomas Humphreys; 13yrs 1st Aarron Smith, 2nd Henry Cawte, 3rd Bradley Janney; 14yrs 1st Jack Boulton; 15yrs 1st Kieran Ferry; 16/24yrs 1st David Trickett, 2nd James Smith, 3rd Will Cawte; 25/Over 1st Mark Smith, 2nd Chris Webster, 3rd Nic Clover; Girls 50m Butterfly: Group 2 (Goldfish, Penguins and Sea Lions) – 10yrs 1st Kaycee Bower; Group 2 (Swordfish, Piranhas, Sharks and Masters) – 9yrs 1st Chloe Huddart, 2nd Freya Janney, 3rd Lydia Smith; 10yrs 1st Molly Creed, 2nd Katie Bindon; 11yrs 1st Lucy Thornton; 13yrs 1st Georgia McKay; 14yrs 1st Amy Evans; 15yrs 1st Tonicha Watson; 16/24yrs 1st Robyn Dand, 2nd Emily Wright, 3rd Megan Stevenson; Boys Half Length (small pool members) – 1st Elliot List, 2nd Dexter Addison-Drewery, 3rd Henry Jackson; Boys Half Length (widths) – 1st Travis Leigh, 2nd Simon Papworth; Girls Half Length (small pool members) – 1st Naomi Padget, 2nd Ciara Sutherland, 3rd Mia Karkach; Girls Half Length (widths) – 1st Keeley-Mae Gardner, 2nd Lily-Ann Gardner, 3rd Freya Gidlow; Boys 100m Backstroke – 11yrs 1st Ewan McKay; 12yrs 1st Cammron Bower, 2nd Thomas Humphreys, 3rd Aidan Clover; 13yrs 1st Aarron Smith, 2nd Henry Cawte, 3rd Bradley Janney; 14yrs 1st Jack Boulton; 15yrs 1st Kieran Ferry; 16/24yrs 1st Will Cawte, 2nd James Smith, 3rd David Trickett; 25/Over 1st Chris Webster, 2nd Ian Hansford; Girls 100m Breaststroke – 11yrs 1st Lydia Waring, 2nd Lucy Thornton, 3rd Hollie Watkins; 12yrs 1st Charlotte Smith, 2nd Lucy Farrow; 13yrs 1st Georgia McKay; 14yrs 1st Amy Evans; 15yrs 1st Tonicha Watson, 2nd Lauren Zaitschenko, 3rd Georgina Hubble-Simpson; 16/24yrs 1st Emily Wright, 2nd Megan Stevenson; Boys 25m Breaststroke – 7/Under 1st Brandon Smith, 2nd Saul Bayne, 3rd Joshua Wood; 8yrs 1st equal Ben Haldenby and Morgan Stamp, 2nd Reuben Gidlow; Girls 25m Freestyle – 7/Under 1st Emma Jackson, 2nd Georgia Walmsley, 3rd Lauren Douce; 8yrs 1st Nicole Bindon, 2nd Hollie Wilson; Boys 200m Individual Medley (I/M)– 9-11yrs 1st Ewan McKay, 2nd William Walmsley, 3rd Ben Crookes; Mens 200m I/M – 1st James Smith, 2nd David Trickett, 3rd Henry Cawte; Girls 9-11yrs 200m Backstroke – 1st Molly Creed, 2nd Chloe Huddart, 3rd Lucie Blades; Ladies 200m Backstroke – 1st Megan Stevenson, 2nd Tonicha Watson, 3rd Katie Blades; Girls 100m I/M – 9yrs 1st Chloe Huddart, 2nd Freya Janney, 3rd Harriet Webster; 10 yrs 1st Molly Creed, 2nd Grace Tooke, 3rd Katie Bindon; 11 yrs 1st Lucy Thornton, 2nd Lydia Waring, 3rd Hollie Watkins; 12 yrs 1st Charlotte Smith, 2nd Lucy Farrow; 13 yrs 1st Georgia McKay; 14 yrs 1st Amy Evans; 15 yrs 1st Lauren Zaitschenko, 2nd Georgina Hubble-Simpson; 16/24yrs 1st Robyn Dand, 2nd Megan Stevenson, 3rd Emily Wright. 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. The fourth and final round will take place on Sunday 4th December. For more on the Club please visit www.gainsboroughdolphins.co.uk.
THE recent Lincolnshire County Masters’ Championships saw 19 swimmers from Gainsborough Dolphins descend upon the Meridian Leisure Centre at Louth. From 56 events in which they competed they tallied a magnificent 40 medals claiming fourth overall in their bid for the Carol Patch Memorial Trophy for top club. Without question top performer was 52 year old Mike Sloan who was in outstanding form claiming two new County records on his way to winning five gold and one silver medal in the category F (50-54 years). Smashing nearly a full second off the previous record in the 50m butterfly he also broke the previous mark in the 100m freestyle by just under half a second whilst he was denied a hat-trick of records by two one hundredths of a second as he claimed the 50m backstroke title. Victories also came in the 100m Individual Medley (I/M) and 50m freestyle whilst his second place came in the 50m breaststroke. Recording a hat-trick of gold medals was 47 year old Mark Smith in category E (45-49 years) winning the 50m butterfly and both 50m and 100m freestyle events. Also competing in this category were 48 year old Jari Goddard and 49 year old Adrian Cawte. The former claimed a silver in the 50m backstroke whilst he was unlucky to just miss the medals in his three other events (50m butterfly, 50m and 100m freestyle) placing fourth. Adrian also won one medal from his four events finishing third in the 50m backstroke with fourth in the 50m breaststroke, fifth in the 50m butterfly and sixth in the 50m freestyle. The five female swimmers all had a fantastic championship with 22 year old Emily Wright securing gold in the 50m butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle whilst she had to settle for silver in the 100m freestyle and I/M of category L (18-24 years). In her first ever competition 30 year old Rachael Hughes beat the nerves to claim victory in the category B (30-34 years) 50m freestyle with a silver the reward in the 50m breaststroke. The same result was achieved by 41 year old Becky Hunt in category D (40-44 years) winning the 50m backstroke with second in the 50m freestyle whilst in category C (35-39 years) both Rachel Haldenby (39) and Jeanette Morris (36) claimed respective fifth places in the 50m freestyle and backstroke with Rachel placing second in the 50m breaststroke with Jeanette in third. In category A (25-29 years) 25 year old Adam Butters struck gold in the 100m I/M with silver in the 50m breaststroke with James Lugg (30) winning the category B 100m freestyle and placing second in the 50m freestyle. The category L for the men contained the most entrants proving it tough for both Pete Trickett (19) and another debutant Ian Hansford (24). Despite their best efforts Pete claimed one medal in the 100m freestyle with a fourth in the 50m backstroke and sixth in the 100m I/M whilst the reward for Ian was a very creditable sixth in the 50m breaststroke and ninth in the 50m freestyle. The men’s category C saw three representatives from Dolphins with 39 year old Chris Webster returning with a handful of silver medals from all of his four events (50m backstroke, freestyle and butterfly and 100m I/M) whilst Steve Morris (39) won bronze in the 50m backstroke with fourth in the 50m breaststroke and sixth in the 50m freestyle. Masters Team Manager for the Gainsborough club Nic Clover (37) also won four medals claiming gold in the 100m freestyle, silver in the 50m breaststroke and two bronze in the 50m freestyle and 100m I/M. The final events of the competition saw all the swimmers combine over six mixed relays of two male and two female in various age group categories with silver in the 120-159 years I/M relay as the quartet of Becky, Adam, Chris and Rachael were just beaten by the Louth team. In the 18-24 years two bronze medals were secured by Pete, Emily, Ian and Katie Blades (20) in both the I/M and freestyle relays whilst the four of James, Jeanette, Steve and Rachael just missed the medals placing fourth in the 120-159 years freestyle relay. The final two medals to be won came from the 160-199 years as Becky, Rachel, Geoff Huddart (41) and Mark claimed bronze in the I/M relay whilst Geoff and Rachel were joined by Jeanette and Adrian for the same result in the freestyle relay. The Masters section of Gainsborough Dolphins has its own identity and water time away from the main competitive squads. The Masters squad is looking to build on numbers for the New Year so 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 – www.gainsboroughdolphins.co.uk or contact Nic Clover email@example.com.