They might have finished sixth of the six teams, but HUCKNALL AND LINBY DOLPHINS were delighted with their performance in the first round of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Junior Swimming League last Saturday night.
Dolphins have returned to the league after a long absence. Therefore, a haul of four wins, six third places and 11 personal-best (PB) times was not to be sniffed at in a tough draw at Eckington.
The shining stars on the night for the club were the talented nine-year-old trio of Joseph Lilley (25m breaststroke), Isaac Bennison (25m backstroke) and Millie Dickens (25m backstroke), who all registered victories in PB times. The other top spot went to consistent 11-year-old Gabe Moth in the 50m freestyle.
Moth (50m backstroke) and Bennison (25m freestyle, PB) recorded thirds too, as did the ever-reliable 12-year-old pair of Ria Dennis (50m backstroke) and Bella Sheridan (50m breaststroke), and highly promising ten-year-old Felix Bodill, who swam an excellent race in the 50m backstroke, also in a best time.
Nine-year-old debutant Ruby Brown helped Dolphins’ nine-and-under mixed medley relay team finish third, alongside Brianna Brown, Lilley and Bennison.
And other PBs were clocked by nine-year-old Daisy Sheridan in the 25m freestyle, Brown in the 25m breaststroke, Dennis in the 50m butterfly, ten-year-olds Luke Hill and Taylor Jaine in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle respectively and also 11-year-old Curtis Flint in the 50m butterfly.
A Dolphins spokesman commented: “Our youngsters showed great promise and all worked really hard to produce some fine swims. They were led by our experienced swimmers, who continue to perform well. We’re looking forward to the next round on 16th May.”
RESULT -- Dronfield 205, Worksop 205, Chesterfield 186, Long Eaton 182, Matlock 114, DOLPHINS 99.