Dearne Valley Pocklington Results
The start of the holiday season meant many of our regular swimmers were elsewhere, hence the small but big hearted team for the demanding Pocklington fixture at Dearne Valley on 15/7/17.
It was also the first gala for some of our swimmers – Oliver Hardcastle, Evie Hardcastle, Ella Taskin, Jack Mason and Dylan Green. They gave their all and did brilliantly racking up 9 PBs between them – we hope that their first taste of completion means we will see them at future galas!
It was good to see some race victories with 1st places for Will Slater in breaststroke (with a 0.17 second PB), Alex Robinson in back stroke swimming up an age group, and Josh Greenhalgh who showed grit and determination to improve on his 2nd place at the home fixture 3 weeks ago to finish first with an impressive 1.5 seconds off his PB in the open 100m Breaststroke ‘despite being practically 50 years old in swimming years’ (his words!).
The boys Open team achieved 2 first places in both the medley relay and the freestyle, a brilliant swim from them and defending the winning streak they have worked so hard to maintain. A big shout out to the Open Boys team: Jacob Greenhalgh, Josh Greenhalgh, Josh Sellars and Joseph Greenhalgh.
Frankie Ness (aged 11) was also a real asset to the team, amassing a grand total of 8 races during the gala as she volunteered for some of the open swims. She showed that she is a brilliant team player and is a very valued member of our club. Frankie got 4 PBs on the day, including 2 in very quick succession in the 100m breast stroke open and 15s.
Despite injury to her ankle, Paige Docherty continued on swimming and was a soldier through and through! Paige showed that her hard work and dedication is paying off as she achieved a couple of PBs even when not feeling 100%.
Orlaith Reilly was also another team player when she had to borrow a swimming costume in order to swim. Orlaith showed maturity beyond her 10 years and she carried on and did fantastic swimming as always. She also knocked off a massive 11 seconds off of her 50m Frontcrawl, a brilliant achievement!
Enya Mason and Emily Griffiths also swam fantastically, with both swimmers swimming two techniquely challenging strokes, with Enya’s 50m Butterfly and Emily’s 50m Backstroke despite the weird roof that makes you swim left right and sometimes in the right direction! Well done as well to Callum Napier who swam the fastest he’s ever swam with 2 PBs, and swam in an older age group in order to make sure the team had a chance. Sasha Naylor also swam great, acquiring a PB in her 100m Breaststroke and being a force of nature as always!
Erin Napier as always showed her experience and commitment, swimming up an age group, and acquired 2 PBs and came 2nd in the 100m backstroke. Even with an early start, waking up bright and early to train at DARTES, Alex Robinson and Will Slater gained 5 PBs and 2 victories between them. Little brother Adam Robinson had also had an early start as he had to accompany Alex to training yet still managed his first individual swim on the aforementioned tricky back stroke, maintaining his technical ability to remain in contention and be awarded second place!
A big thank you to all of our swimmers, we are immensely proud of you all, and we shall continue to get better and better!!
A massive shout out to the volunteers, Jill Greenhalgh, Sandra Eales, Neil Sellars, Daniel Griffiths and Mr Mason (Enya and Jack’s Dad) for all helping to make this gala run smoothly. Thanks to the adults for bringing the swimmer and cheering them on!!