A busy June schedule has produced some great results for the club!
We started the month at the Dartes B Grade which saw Ruby Barker come away with 4 personal bests (PBs), 3 medals and 2 speeding tickets. Isabelle Clarke achieved 5 medals and 2 PBs (and was the top girl in her age group), Frankie Ness bagged 2 first places, one in her favourite stroke (fly), along with a speeding ticket and 4 PBs. Ellie Jackson won a medal and also got a PB, knocking a further 2 seconds of her 100 free (having set a new PB only a couple of weeks ago at A squad sprint night). Erin Napier knocked another 2 seconds off her breaststroke PB (again only recently set) and narrowly missed out on a backstroke medal. There was also success for our youngest two entrants, with Grace Woodward coming away with yet more PBs – 4 in total including almost 7 seconds off her IM time. Greta Highfield finished strongly with 3 PBs, 3 medals and 2 speeding tickets.
All in all a very good day for the club.
A couple of weeks later and it was back to the open meets at the John Charles Centre for the Viking Sprints. Again there was success all round in the form of medals and PBs.
Ruby Barker came away with 4 A grade times, 4 PBs and a further 4 medals for her growing collection. Ruby also got an additional trophy for coming top of her age group. Greta Highfield got herself a speeding ticket in the IM, 4 A grade times and 4 more medals. Ellie Jackson earned herself a PB and 2 medals, including a first place in the IM where she stuck to her plan in spite of the confusion of the swimmer next to her mistakenly thinking it was a 200 event (and therefore starting a second length of fly). It was also a good day for team captain Alice McClay who achieved 3 medals and 3 PBs. There was success for Frankie Ness as well who got herself a PB and 4 medals (her favourite possibly being the 3rd place A grade one for fly!). Zara Train made a clean sweep of PBs getting 4 out of her 4 swims (all of which has been set in recent weeks). Grace Woodward continues to make great progress, coming away with 2 medals and another PB.
The boys didn’t miss out either. Alex Robinson joined us for the morning (having already trained at the early morning DARTES session) and racked up 3 speeding tickets, 2 medals and 3 PBs. The afternoon saw Will Slater walk away with 5 A grade medals including top spot in the IM after smashing his PB by 17 seconds!
Another great day for the club, making the coaches very happy!
We finished off June with our first Pocklington league gala of this season. This was our home gala so generally is well attended by the swimmers. However, we had a few key personnel missing as Greta Highfield was away on a biathlon (where she continues to do fantastically well and is making her swimming friends feel very proud) and there was an injury to Will Slater so we were down in numbers. We then had a couple of our (already small group) pull out at the last minute due to unavoidable reasons so Coach Jill Greenhalgh was left doing the swimmer shuffle on the team sheet whilst the warm up was on!
Up against very strong teams from Dearne Valley and South Axeholme and against regular competitors Knottingley (who face their own issues due to their pool closure) the Rascals put in top performances to secure a reputable third place.
Some of the highlights of the day were:
The boys open relay team getting first place in both their events in two very fiercely fought events. Erin Napier claiming first place in the under 11s 50m back stroke with an impressive swim. Alex Robinson securing first place in the under 13s 100m free – all the more noteworthy as he was swimming up and is actually 10! Ellie Jackson timing the last length of her 100m free to pull herself back into second place against a very strong field. Ruby Barker getting 6 PBs out of 6 swims which saw her achieve first place in breast stroke. Paige Docherty, Frankie Ness and Orlaith Reilly all showing their team spirit by Paige stepping in to do the open 100m fly, 10 year old Orlaith filling in for the under 15s breast stroke relay leg (due to a late running swimmer) and Frankie for doing the 100m fly for the under 13s.
A big thank you also to Adam Robinson for stepping in at the last minute to ensure that we had an under 11 relay team and well done for knocking another second off his 25m back stroke.
Thanks go to all the swimmers who were fantastic, to the adults who brought the swimmers to the gala and cheered them on and to all the helpers on the day – Sandra Eales for organising the swimmers, Martin Train for doing the split times, Andrew Robinson and Ian Ness for time keeping, Nicola Woodward for acting as chief time-keeper, Angie for doing the door and raffle, Neil Sellars for being the starter, Jess and Catherine McClay for recording and to Clive Greenhalgh from Armthorpe for being the guest referee. A thank you also goes to the Rossington Leisure Centre Staff who helped set up so we could get a prompt start.