Happy HUCKNALL AND LINBY DOLPHINS made a flying start to 2015 with some superb performances at the Notts ASA Winter Gala, held at Beechdale Baths in Nottingham.
Dolphins fielded eight swimmers over 26 events at the two-day open meet, which attracted swimmers from the county’s top clubs. And they returned home with a haul of five medals, 14 top-five positions and 18 personal-best (PB) times.
A club spokesman said: “We’re thrilled with the results in such a top-class meet. Our swimmers performed with style, stamina and confidence to prove they can compete against the best.”
On his open meet debut, nine-year-old Isaac Bennison set the tone by grabbing the first medal of the weekend, coming third in the 50m breaststroke.
He was closely followed by the 12-year-old pair of Bella Sheridan and Ria Dennis, who finished second and third respectively in the 50m freestyle. And the last medal of the first day was won by talented nine-year-old Francis Dermody with third place in the 50m backstroke.
Dolphins’ other highlight of the opening day was some excellent distance swimming by 11-year-old Courtney Huston, who knocked 20 seconds off her PB to register tenth spot in the 200m freestyle and swam a highly efficient 200m individual medley for the first time in a competition, finishing sixth.
The second day saw 11-year-old Lynden Johnson also go the distance with a fabulous fourth in the 400m freestyle and tenth in the 200m freestyle. But his best effort of the meet was a magnificent fourth in the 50m butterfly, which shaved four seconds off his PB.
Another 11-year-old, Gabe Moth, powered to third in the 50m freestyle to clinch the club’s medal of the day. And another debutant, nine-year-old Hannah Bennison, was ninth in the 50m breaststroke.