splash night 2017
This year’s Arena League on the 14th October was another hugely memorable event for the whole of FDSC. An ecstatic atmosphere, combined with excellent swimming and the best team morale on the night are only a few of the qualities that all of our swimmers displayed.

Right from the start of the first event, it became clear that the Flitwick Dolphins swimmers were performing to the best of their abilities - with Georgie Curtis coming 1st in the Ladies 200M IM. To continue with this extremely high standard of swimming: a further 11 first places were achieved, 11 second places and 5 third places. These results show just how well all of our swimmers did in Round 1!

On a personal level, 13 PB times were achieved during the event at Pingles Leisure Centre. These swimmers should be extremely proud of themselves, as despite the p ressure to swim as part of a team, they still displayed an ability to improve their own times.

Club Captain James Handler awarded “swimmers of the event” to Tyler Watson and Georgie Curtis, who did an excellent job and were a pleasure to watch swim.

All of these fantastic achievements all contribute to the 1st place that Flitwick Dolphins SC was awarded at the end of the first round. Everyone who competed at this event should be extremely proud to have been a participant in such a successful event for the club!

The team consisted of Carl Halford, Melissa Dolby, Thomas Allen, Francesca Baber, Ruby Blackmore, Georgie Curtis, George Hart, Billy Cutler, Tyler Watson, Mari Cutler, Sophie Fowler, Olivia Fowler, Rebecca Grogan, Autumn Handscombe, Lauren Young, Mikolaj Leski, Adam Thompson, Joe Vesztrocy, Tom Malia, Giselle Martin, James McFarland, Eddy McFarland, Ben Rayner, Eloisa Miller, Jake Hickmott, Chris Murphy, Callum Runchman, Max Thomas, Imogen Thompson, Lilli Thompson, Paige Walker, Maddie Phillips. Adam Holmes, Isaac Moon with James Handler attending as Club Captain and assisting the team manager and coaches, Nigel, Judy and Louise.

Round Two of this year’s Arena League will take place on the 11th November, and will certainly be an event to look forward to.

James Handler
Press Officer

East Region Masters – Newmarket – September 2017

The clash with the club championships this year meant a smaller team and with most swimmers giving up swims in the final session in order to get back to Flitwick to help or swim at the club champs.

None the less the team of 6 including 2 rookies to Masters swimming (Hayden Davies and Lauren Murphy) as well as Claudia Grant-Dawson, Alistair Shaw, Ian Murray and Liz Woolner managed 1 team bronze, 6 Golds, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze achieving 4 County records and one East Region record .

Ian Murray gained first place in the 400 meter freestyle as well as first place in the 50 backstroke with the time of 5.24.30 and 38.72 respectively.

Alistair Shaw achieved Bedfordshire record for the 200 breaststroke gaining a silver medal with a time of 2.52.53 wit h a bronze medal for the 100 individual medley.

Liz Woolner had an amazing swim meet with three first-place gold medals and an East region time for the 100 individual medley of 1.17.15.

The other team members consisting of Lauren Murphy, Claudia Grant Dawson and Hayden Davies all achieved medals, Lauren gaining a bronze and a silver, Claudia achieving one gold and one bronze and Hayden winning bronze and silver.

The relay team consisting of Liz, Lauren, Alistair and Hayden swam to a bronze victory.

More Master News – October 2017

Two of the clubs masters swimmers Ian Murray and Liz Woolner spent 3 days competing in the Swim England Masters Swimming Championships in Sheffield held from the 27th, 28th and 29th October 2017.

Ian started the medal collection on Friday morning with a silver in the 1500 free in an East Region record time. He also finished it with a silver in the 800 free on Sunday afternoon in a Bedfordshire record.

In between Liz won 3 gold medals (50 & 100 fly and 50 free) and 3 silvers (100 free, 100 IM and 50 back - missing gold in this one by just 0.01s). With the exception of the 100 fly, these were all swum in East Region record times. Liz was frustrated to miss the 50 fly British record by 0.02s but very happy to go under 29s for 50 free for the first time ever in her life.

Congratulations to our brilliant Masters Squad as they continue to achieve personal best times, medals and county and regional records.

James Handler
Press Officer
Many thanks to all the competing clubs and a big thank you to all officials and helpers who made the meet possible.

The results can be viewed here.
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URGENT - Road Closures 16th October to 17th November. 

We have been notified from Volker Fitzpatrick, on behalf of Highways England, that the A1 will be close nightly from 9:00  pm - 6:00 am between 16th October and 17th November.  Please note Marshals will be available to escort residents and hotel guests who need to access properties within the above time although there may be delays depending on the nature of work taking place.