Busy time for Dolphins

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DECEMBER continued to be an extremely busy month for everyone at Daventry Dolphins.

The club kicked off with a members and family disco at the Daventry Working Men’s Club. This social occasion was attended by more than 100 people and included the annual Christmas hamper raffle which raised £201.10p.

A great time was had by all and the club looks forward to the next big social event which will be the 50th anniversary celebrations.

The team recently travelled to Newmarket for the third round of the Arena National Swimming League (East Midlands) gala. Not available for round two, the club welcomed back Sophie Iacovides and Laura Collins to boost the girls’ squad.

The club had the luxury of having five senior males available.

The biggest disappointment was the first choice swimmers in the 11 year’s boys’ were all unavailable.

But the nine years and 10 year boys called up as replacements swam their hearts out for the team.

They gained vital points in what was a nerve-wracking finish to a very closely-fought contest.

Going into the last event, both Daventry and Newmarket had equal points. The Daventry boys powered their way to victory in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay, a full 2.3 seconds clear of second-placed Corby but more importantly ahead of the Newmarket quartet.

This was a well-deserved victory over the home-based Newmarket team who had been given the luxury of competing at home in all three rounds.

Daventry have already travelled to Spalding and Newmarket in the previous two rounds and have clocked up about 600m miles.

The club had 22 first places out of the 50 events.

There were 18 personal best times and Anya Bennett broke her own 100m 12/under 100m breaststroke record by another 3/10ths of a second.