Dolphins’ swimming successes

THE Sadie Murray Trophy swimming gala was held at the Waendel Centre Pool at Wellingborough.

Making their representative debuts for the club were Libby Ward, 10, and John Quy, 11. This was a time banded gala with the rules being that if a swimmer recorded a faster time than the cut off, no points were awarded to the team.

This also gave swimmers the opportunity to swim in what would be regarded as their weaker events.

Out of the 24 individual events, 14 were personal best times.

Too fast: Harry Ballmann 100m 14+ back: 14+ mixed free team of Emma Bond, Jack Bond, Kimberley Mann, Harry Ballmann.

Second places: Katie Ward 11/under 50m back stroke pb: Mixed 14+ medley relay team (as free team).

Third places: Katie Ward 11/under 50m free pb: Josh Wilson 13/under 50m free pb: John Quy 11/under 50m back: Emma Bond 14+ 100m fly: Jack Bond 14+ 100m fly pb: Harry Ballmann 14+ 100m free:

In addition to those already mentioned, the team were: Keeley Saville, Alenka Young, Alex Newton and Charlotte Mann.

2011 Midlands Regional Masters:

Swimming is regarded as a young persons sport unless you are funded as a professional athlete in order to continue …like Mark Foster.

Anyway, it’s not only the young swimmers that compete for the club at the Regional Midlands Masters Championships at Royal Leamington Spa.

The Masters Championships is split into age groups starting with age group ‘Q’ 18-24yrs going through to the oldest competing age group 80-84 years.

Daventry Dolphins SC had two swimmers competing, namely Darren Barber in age group ‘A’ 25-29yrs and Laura Collins aged 23yrs age group ‘Q’ 18-24yrs both of whom enjoyed medal-winning success.

Laura’s results were: 1st 200m breast, 1st 400m free, 1st relay medal with NSC, 2nd 100m breast, 4th 50m breast and 200m individual medley, 5th 50m and 100m free

Darren’s results were: 1st 50m breast, 2nd 100m breast and 200m Individual medley, 3rd 200m breast, 7th 100m free.

It is great credit to these swimmers that they continue to train hard to compete at this level while holding down full-time work commitments.

Laura is a qualified physiotherapist who works out of the Luton and Dunstable hospital.

Darren is a trainee teacher and is also a qualified swim teacher and coach who teaches out of the Daventry Leisure Centre and assists head coach Rob Sharp within the club environment.

Both these swimmers train with the Olympic squad but Daventry Dolphins also have a squad called Aqua specifically for those who wish to practise their aquatic skills.

They have the opportunity to practise for two one hour sessions per week.

Some members of the squad use these sessions to practise for other aquatic sports such as water polo, open Water and for the swim section of triathlon.