SWIMMING: Speedy Dolphins impress at county championships

Hucknall and Linby Dolphins
Hucknall and Linby Dolphins

A TEAM of nine swimmers from the HUCKNALL AND LINBY DOLPHINS club acquitted themselves with huge credit at the Nottinghamshire ASA County Age-Group Championships, sponsored by British Gas.

Star of the show was 14-year-old Edward Turner, who goes to Holgate Comprehensive School. Entering the championships for the sixth consecutive year, Turner achieved his best overall position of eighth and clocked personal-best (PB) times in all his races.

Turner finished third in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke, fifth in the 50m backstroke and 200m backstroke, sixth in the 100m individual medley, seventh in the 100m freestyle, eighth in the 200m freestyle and ninth in the 200m individual medley.

Eleven-year-old Sam Williams, of Leen Mills Primary School, was ranked 13th in the county for his performance in the 50m butterfly. He also knocked almost 12 seconds from his previous PB in the 200m backstroke and shaved more than ten seconds from his previous best in the 200m freestyle, earning him a couple of platinum speed awards.

PBs were also the order of the championships for ten-year-old Mark Turner, of Leen Mills, who slashed more than 17 seconds from his previous best in the 200m backstroke to earn a gold speed award and ten seconds in the 100m individual medley. Turner was positioned 16th overall.

Another ten-year-old Leen Mills pupil, Daniel Radford, qualified for the championships after only a few months with Dolphins — and clocked a terrific time in the 50m freestyle to achieve his gold sprint certificate and attain a ranking of 21st in the county for the stroke.

A couple of 11-year-old youngsters from the Hucknall National Academy also covered themselves with glory. Joel Goddon was ranked ninth in the county for the 50m breaststroke after clocking a PB, while Jessica Waters moved up the 50m freestyle rankings from 26th to 12th after a new PB. The versatile Waters also made 15th place in the 50m breaststroke and 31st in the individual medley.

Other Dolphins to make their mark at the championships were ten-year-old Emma Tunstall, of Linby-cum-Papplewick Primary School, ten-year-old Morgan Godden, of Holy Cross Primary School, and nine-year-old Ria Dennis, also of Holy Cross.

Tunstall flew down the pool in the 50m butterfly, knocking nearly a second off her PB to move up to 15th in the county for that stroke.

Godden also registered a new PB in the 50m freestyle to move up seven places in the county rankings.

And Dennis, the youngest member of the Dolphins team, is now ranked as high as third in the county for the 50m breaststroke after lowering her previous best time by more than five seconds.

OUR PHOTO shows eight of the nine swimmers (from left) — Back Row: Sam Williams, Joel Goddon, Edward Turner. Middle Row: Mark Turner, Daniel Radford. Front Row: Emma Tunstall, Ria Dennis, Morgan Godden.