On their first outing since the summer break, HUCKNALL AND LINBY DOLPHINS played their part in an exciting night of swimming.
Although Dolphins finished last in the opening round of the autumn stage of the J.C.Dobb Memorial Trophy, only 35 points separated all six teams in a closely-fought gala.
And the Hucknall club were more than happy with an overall tally of four wins, three second places, five third places and 13 personal best (PB) times.
Said a club spokesman: “The final points totals show how close it was.
“We’re pleased with the performance of the squad and know that we can build on this to ensure that, in the next round, we finish further up the placings.”
Two impressive victories in the ten-and-under age group came from nine-year-olds Francis Dermody in the 25m backstroke and Freya Blair in the 25m breaststroke, both in PB times.
Twelve-year-old Ria Dennis grabbed Dolphins’ other individual win in the 12-and-under 50m backstroke, and she also spearheaded the 12-and-under girls’ freestyle relay team for a superb victory. Blair, 12-year-old Bella Sheridan and 11-yearold Courtney Hutson were the other members of the victorious team.
Excellent runners-up spots went again to the stylish Blair in the ten-and-under 25m butterfly and to Sheridan, who equalled her best time in the 50m breaststroke.
The boys’ ten-and-under freestyle relay team of Dermody, Isaac Bennison, Curtis Flint and Joseph Lilley also sped their way to second place.
The third-place finishes were registered by five fine dividual swims -- from 11-year-old Peter Frettingham in the 50m breaststroke (PB), ten-year-old Curtis Flint in the 25m breaststroke, ten-year-old Lauren Daft in the 25m backstroke, Dermody in the 25m butterfly (PB) and Dennis in the 50m freestyle.
Dolphins’ 14-and-under age group enjoyed tremendous success on the night, clocking some fantastic personal-bests.
Junior captain Mark Turner (13) continued to lead by example, recording two fine PBs in the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke. And 13-year-olds Hannah Brown and Mason Sims both snapped up PBs in the 50m freestyle, while 14-year-old Joel Goddon repeated the dose in the 50m breaststroke.
Elsewhere 17-year-old Andrew Frettingham snared a brace of PBs in the 50m butterfly and freestyle, while 11-year-old Gabe Moth flew home in a best time in the 50m freestyle.
RESULT -- Radford 153 points, Ilkeston 152, Sutton 146, Kimberley 141, Portland 122, HUCKNALL AND LINBY DOLPHINS 118.