Depleted Hucknall and Linby Dolphins fail to maintain momentum

A DISAPPOINTING night for Dolphins
A DISAPPOINTING night for Dolphins

Despite some encouraging individual performances, HUCKNALL AND LINBY DOLPHINS endured a tough night of swimming in the final round of the Notts ASA Stage Two Competition.

Dolphins had been buoyed by an improved points’ tally and finishing position in the previous round. But a depleted squad meant they failed to climb off bottom spot at the Hucknall Leisure Centre pool .

The highlights were three runners-up spots, four third places and 12 personal-best (PB) times. Speedy 12-year-old Bella Sheridan narrowly missed out on a win with a PB swim in the 12-and-under 50m freestyle, while consistent nine-year-old Joseph Lilley was also just pipped at the post in the ten-and-under 50m breaststroke, also in a PB time. The other second place was earned by senior star Matt Bennison (17), who went close in the open 50m butterfly, again in a best time.

Nine-year-old Francis Dermody, who is rapidly becoming one of the club’s most reliable performers, achieved two third places in the ten-and-under 50m backstroke (PB) and butterfly races.

Ten-year-old Lauren Daft was third in the ten-and-under 50m breaststroke, as was Bennison in the open 50m breaststroke (PB).

PBs were also clocked by the impressive trio of nine-year-old Millie Dickens in the 50m freestyle, 11-year-old Courtney Hutson in the 50m backstroke and 13-year-old Hannah Brown in the 50m breaststroke.

Hard-working pair Mason Sims (14) and Hannah Fairy (13) beat the clock too -- both recording best times in the 50m butterfly, plus the 50m breaststroke for Sims and the 50m freestyle for Fairy.

A Dolphins spokesman commented: “We were disappointed not to maintain the momentum of the previous round, but we were without many of our core swimmers.”

RESULT -- HUCKNALL FALCON 231 points, Leander B 205, Carlton Forum 193, Newark 168, Northern 119, DOLPHINS 95.