Daventry Dolphins swimming news

Midlands Regional British Age Group Championships (BagCats)

This event was held at the Olympic Pool, Coventry, and was swum long course (50m).

The competition was for swimmers (girls aged 10-13yrs and boys 10-14yrs) who had to achieve tough qualifying times in order to compete.

This year Daventry Dolphins had four swimmers qualify for the individual events and their results were:

Joseph Iacovides 11yrs had qualified for seven events but chose to swim six.

400m Individual medley 20th: 200m free 23rd: 200m back 38th: 200m individual medley 25th: 100m free long course pb 13th: Pb: 100m back 34th:

Anya Bennett 11yrs: 100m breast stroke 15th long course pb.

Jack Bond 13yrs 100m freestyle: 24th long course pb.

Emma Bond 13yrs 200m freestyle: 38th.

The Dolphins also fielded a 12-14yrs girls’ medley relay team for them to experience the intensity of competing at this level:

Backstroke Carey Davis; Breast stroke Kimberley Mann; Butterfly Alex Gibbons and Freestyle Rachel Sullivan.

The girls finished in a creditable 14th position.

Emma Bond was selected to represent the Northampton SC 4x200m freestyle relay team which came eighth and Sophie Iacovides was also selected to compete in the 4x100m freestyle relay which finished in sixth place.

Both swimmers were selected for NSC as part of the county development squad structure /partnership.

This was a great reward for the hard work these girls have put in throughout the swimming season.

British Swimming National Masters at Leeds

Darren Barber, competing in the 25-29yrs age group category, won the gold medal in the 100m breast stroke and silver medal in the 50m breaststroke.

Laura Collins, swimming in the 17-24yrs age group category, won the bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke and achieved sixth place 400m freestyle and ninth place 100m breast stroke.

Next year it is hoped the more senior Daventry Dolphins swimmers will compete at this level.

The Daventry Leisure Centre was the venue for the recent Development Gala and the Dolphins were joined by Northampton SC and Spinney Hill SC.

This event was for swimmers to experience swimming the longer distances and events included 200m and 400m individual medley together with 100m and 200m distances for butterfly, backstroke, breast stroke and freestyle.

A total of 84 personal best times were recorded by the Dolphins swimmers. The times recorded, subject to qualifying criteria, can be used for the purpose of qualifying for the 2012 Northamptonshire County Championships

British Gas Great North Swim

One of our newest club members Mrs Ali Railton competed in the one-mile British Gas Great North Swim at Lake Windermere.

This was a wetsuit event (normally open water swims are swum in traditional costumes).

The event was mixed ages and gender and she achieved 21st in her age group and gender category in a time of 29 minutes 49 seconds.

The Dolphins congratulate Aqua squad swimmer Mike Smallwood for winning the gold medal at the European Age groups (65-69yrs) Triathlon Championships in Spain.

The club are very proud of his achievement and wish him well in China in September.

The 2010-2011 swimming season is drawing to a close, but the club still has involvement right up to July 16.

Saturday, July 2 – Annual Club Sprints Championships at Daventry Leisure Centre;

Saturday, July 9-10 – Northampton Summer Festival at Corby.

Saturday, July 16 – Northamptonshire County Age Groups (team event) at Wellingborough.

July 8 and July 15, the club are assisting the South Northants and Daventry Schools Sports Partnership to promote the primary schools swimming galas. This will provide the opportunity for non-club members to show their skills and potentially be recruited.

Other news: Club president Lesley Sharp held a fundraising garden party and plant sale.

With some of the proceeds, all the Dolphins Midlands Regional individual qualifiers and the Dolphins Girls’ relay team swimmers were presented with a commemorative club polo shirt.

A cheque for £50 has also been sent to Diabetes UK.