The Central Milton Keynes Swimming Club Open Meet that took place on the 20th-21st November proved to be an enjoyable and successful competition for Dolphin swimmers. For some it was their first competition ever and for others, a welcome return to competing after the Covid-19 restrictions. Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, the swimmers excelled at their events, achieving a number of new personal best times and medals.
Three of the club’s younger swimmers had this to say about the competition:
“I really enjoyed the MK meet; I can’t wait for the next one! I was pleased as I achieved 4 PBs as well as a silver medal in 200m breaststroke”. Ella Fanning.

“I loved it at the Central MK Swim club weekend. I was really hyped afterwards and it made me really motivated. I took 22 seconds off my Breaststroke and 17 seconds off my front crawl. I thought it was an amazing swim meet and I was thrilled to be able to support the other swimmers from my club at their events”. Flynn Cox.
“I loved racing and being with all my friends and cheering them on. I got a big pb in my 200m breaststroke and won 2 medals” Hudson Sherwani
Coach Sandra commented that it was really great to see all the swimmers supporting each other at their events, cheering them on at the end of the lane and congratulating them after their swims. The swimmers’ behaviour was impeccable and they were all clearly enjoying the return to full-on competitions. It was lovely to see new club members that have never competed at an open meet before really enjoying the experience and for the spectators to be able to watch them achieve their successes from the spectator gallery. For those that were returning to competing, their hard work clearly showed as paying off by the swimmers managing to improve on their times achieved at Level X competitions, obtaining county qualifying times and gaining valuable competition experience, all this going to prove that with hard work and determination, anything is possible and challenges can be overcome and goals achieved.

Francesca Baber spent the weekend of 3-5th December at the Winter Nationals at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Competing alongside swimmers from many larger clubs she achieved some great swims in the 100, 200 and 400 metre freestyle races. Undaunted by the task, she had a wonderful experience which included completing the 200 F/S in 2.06.63 to take 2 seconds off her Personal Best time.