‘Veterans’ spearhead swim with Dolphins

TEAM DOLPHINS --  the swimmers who flew the flag for the club at the county championships. From left, Back Row: Edward Turner and Matthew Bennison. Centre Row: Ria Dennis, Ella Weightman, Bella Sheridan and Jess Waters. Front Row: Mark Turner, Dan Radford and Lynden Johnson.

TEAM DOLPHINS -- the swimmers who flew the flag for the club at the county championships. From left, Back Row: Edward Turner and Matthew Bennison. Centre Row: Ria Dennis, Ella Weightman, Bella Sheridan and Jess Waters. Front Row: Mark Turner, Dan Radford and Lynden Johnson.

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Swimming with dolphins has entirely different connotations in Hucknall than it might have in Florida or Mexico.

For here, it means the HUCKNALL AND LINBY DOLPHINS SWIMMING CLUB, who are progressing nicely if their performance at the Notts ASA County Championships is anything to go by.

Dolphins entered their biggest team to date -- nine swimmers in the various age groups. And they acquitted themselves with huge credit, registering some fine placings and clocking ten personal-best times.

Stars of the show were 15-year-old ‘veterans’ Edward Turner and Matthew Bennison, who took the youth category by storm.

Turner won the 100m backstroke and finished second in both the 50m backstroke and 200m backstroke where he swam in the next lane to famous Paralympian Ollie Hynd, who is three years older. Turner also came fourth in the 200m individual medley and sixth in the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfyl.

Bennison bagged four seconds, in the 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 100m breaststroke and 100m individual medley, plus third in the 100m freestyle and fifth in the 50m freestyle.

Meanwhile three young Dolphins enjoyed excellent debuts at the championships. Nine-year-old Lynden Johnson finished 14th in the 50m freestyle, ten-year-old Bella Sheridan seventh in the 50m breaststroke and 12th in the 50m freestyle and ten-year-old Ella Weightman 14th in the 50m freestyle.

Of the rest, ten-year-old Ria Dennis was third in the 50m breaststroke, tenth in the 50m backstroke and 18th in the 50m freestyle.

Improving 12-year-old Jess Waters was seventh in the 50m freestyle and 17th in the breaststroke. And 11-year-old Mark Turner finished 21st in the 100m individual medley and 25th in the 50m freestyle.

Delighted Dolphins are now hoping to enter even more swimmers in the prestigious championships next year.