A new crop of youngsters enabled HUCKNALL AND LINBY DOLPHINS to see out 2014 in style at the Hucknall Leisure Centre pool last Saturday night.
In their final gala of the year -- in the Notts ASA Stage One Trophy -- Dolphins paraded an impressive bunch of ‘water babes’, who showed huge potential.
Eight-year-olds Maxwell Pickford, Milli Moth, Luka Gospel and Daisy Sheridan, plus a new find in ten-year-old Luke Hill, enjoyed a super night and now can’t wait for the new year to get back on the blocks.
Gospel earned Dolphins their best placing of the night with a superb runners-up spot in the 25m backstroke. He also clocked one of 13 personal-best (PB) times for the club.
A tally of nine third places was also recorded, including two for 11-year-old Gabe Moth, who continued his red-hot form with PBs in the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke, where he knocked a massive nine seconds off his previous best time.
Pickford also grabbed third in the 25m butterfly (PB), as did hard-working ten-year-old Lauren Daft (50m breaststroke) and the nine-year-old trio, Tilly Mae Oldnall (50m backstroke), Hannah Bennison (50m butterfly) and Millie Dickens (50m freestyle, PB).
In the relay races, the nine-year-old boys’ team of Pickford, Joseph Lilley, Isaac Bennison and Francis Dermody picked up third places in both the freestyle and medley.
Other PBs were registered by Milli Moth (25m backstroke and butterfly), Hill (50m freestyle), Sheridan (25m freestyle), Libby Brandham (50m butterfly), Curtis Flint (50m butterfly) and Hannah Bennison (50m breaststroke).
Commented a Dolphins spokesman: “It was hugely encouraging to see so many fine debut performances. The top three clubs dominated the gala, but we took so much heart from our promising squad.”
RESULT -- Arnold 158 points, Worksop 153, Sherwood 138, DOLPHINS 76, Southwell 62.