Hucknall and Linby Dolphins were content with a fine fifth place finish on Saturday night in the JC Dobb competition at Sutton’s Lammas Centre.
A win, six runners-up spots, eight third places and seven personal best times were not quite enough for Dolphins to maintain the third spot that they held again at the half way mark.
But a good points tally and some top placings made it a great night.
A personal best time saw Isaac Bennison (9) fell foul of the speeding fine rule which saw his points for coming first in the 10 and under 25m butterfly stripped away.
Meanwhile 13 year-old Mark Turner enjoyed a fabulous night. Despite illness he worked hard to bring home a runners-up place in the 14 and under 50m backstroke in PB time, a PB in the 50m breaststroke and he also played a part in two third place relay events.
Talented nine year-old Joseph Lilley also excelled gaining a second spot in the 10 and under 25m backstroke and third in the 25m freestyle.
Other runners-up spots went to 11 year-old Gabe Moth in the 12 and under 50m breaststroke; two in the 14 and under 50m freestyle to the duo of 12 year-old Bella Sheridan and 14 year-old Mason Sims (PB) and Francis Dermody in the 10 and under boys 25m breaststroke.
Third spots came aplenty in the relays with the 8/9 years mixed medley team of eight-year-old Milli Moth and nine-year-olds Oliver Shaw, Bennison and Daisy Sheridan showed great promise.
The the older swimmers also led by example with Turner leading Sims and 13 yea-olds Megan Flint and Hannah Brown to bronze in the 14 and under medley relay and again with Sims, Moth and Lynden Johnson (11) in the 14 and under free relay.
The girls were not to be outdone with the 12 and under free team of 12 year-olds Courtney Hutson, Ria Dennis and 10 year-olds Libby Brandham and Lauren Daft snatching a third.
And in the mixed 12 and under medley Hutson, Dennis and Moth were joined by 11 year-old Curtis Flint to grab another.
Individual thirds went to Johnson in the 12 and under 50m butterfly and nine year-old Millie Dickens in the 10 and under 25m freestyle.
Other swimmers to gain PB’s were 14 year -old Laura Hicklin in the 50m backstroke, 16 year-old Jordan Fretwell in the 50m butterfly and Curtis Flint in the 50m backstroke.
A club spokesman said: “There were some really positive performances throughout the team. We put swimmers in their less favoured events which worked well in terms of avoiding speeding fines, which have plagued us at times in this event. There is still work to do to ensure we maintain our overall position.”
Result: Ilkeston 226; Radford 180: Kimberley 156: Sutton 155: Dolphins 116; Portland 87.