Unlucky HUCKNALL AND LINBY DOLPHINS were cursing what might have been when they just missed out on a fourth-place finish in a close First Round of the JC Dobb Competition.
Four relay disqualifications and a five-point ‘speeding penalty’ for too-fast junior girls’ captain Ria Dennis cost Dolphins precious points at the gala, which was held at the Lammas Centre pool in Sutton. It left them in sixth spot, having been in a comfortable fourth at the halfway stage.
“It has highlighted some areas we need to work on with our younger swimmers,” said a club spokesman. “We will address these so that, next time round, we can hang on to the spot that our overall performance merited.”
Dolphins were still pleased with a tally of three wins, three runners-up places, five thirds and several personal-best (PB) times.
Dennis claimed an easy victory in the 50m backstroke, but was faster than the cut-off time, which meant the points did not count. However, 11-year-old Gabe Moth just cleared the cut-off to win her 50m backstroke event, while nine-year-old Francis Dermody landed the 25m breaststroke.
Dennis was then in action again to lead the 12-and-under girls’ freestyle relay team to a close second, alongside Courtney Huston, Lauren Daft and Libby Brandham. Seconds also went to junior boys’ captain Lynden Johnson in the 50m flystroke and nine-year-old Joseph Lilley in the 25m freestyle.
The PBs were clocked by Mason Sims (2), Isaac Bennison, Hannah Brown, Kieran Dermody and Curtis Flint.
RESULT -- Ilkeston 200 points, Sutton 191, Kimberley 187, Radford 160, Portland 109, DOLPHINS 103.