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Brilliant Swimming by Dolphins over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd April 2022 at the Swim England East Region 1500m Championships and Long Course Development Meet held at the University of East Anglia Sportspark

Loads of amazing swims with the results speaking for themselves:

At the 1500m regionals: Francesca Baber winning a Bronze medal

East Region Development Meet:

100 fly: Oscar Sherwani Silver medal and a new personal best time; Anna Rumley achieving a Silver medal.

50 back: Jake Hickmott Silver medal and a new personal best time.

200 free: Oscar Sherwani Silver medal, Niamh Bunker Silver medal and a new personal best time along with a regional qualifying time; Phoebe Thorn Gold medal.

400 free: Phoebe Thorn Bronze medal; Niamh Bunker Silver medal and a new personal best time; Oscar Sherwani achieving a Gold medal and a new personal best time.

100 back: Lucas Moxon-Booth Bronze medal and a new personal best time; Oscar Sherwani Gold medal and a new personal best time.

50 fly: Hudson Sherwani Silver medal, a new personal best time and a regional qualifying time; Guido Belcher Bronze and Anna Rumley both coming away with a Bronze medal and new personal best times.

200 breaststroke: Lucas Moxon-Booth Silver medal, a new personal best b and a regional qualifying time.

100 breaststroke: Max Thomas claiming a Gold medal.

50 free: Neve Jones Bronze medal and a new personal best time; Hudson Sherwani with a new personal best time.

50 breaststroke: Lucas Moxon-Booth Gold medal, a new personal best time
and a regional qualifying time; Niamh Bunker Bronze medal and a new personal best time; Darcey Hepworth Bronze medal; Neve Jones a new personal best time.

Finally, in the 200 backstroke: Oscar Sherwani with a new personal best time.

Well done to all the swimmers who took part at the competitions.

By |2022-05-24T08:41:11+01:00April 6th, 2022|Uncategorised|

MORE RECORDS FOR MASTERS’ SWIMMERS

Well Done to Liz Woolner who set an European record in the ladies 55-59 100 fly in a time of 1:09.89 at the Calverton & Bingham Masters meet on March 20th.
Liz also set 2 East Region records – 400 free and 50 free and 4 Beds records – 100 & 200 free on the way to the 400 free at the Essex Masters, Basildon on March 12th.
At the same meet Mike Outtram set Bedfordshire County records for the 50 back, 100 back, 200 free and 100 IM.
Meanwhile, at the Welsh Masters on March 6th Ian Murray set 3 Bedfordshire Long Course Records for 200,400 & 800 Freestyle.

By |2022-05-24T08:41:11+01:00April 3rd, 2022|Uncategorised|

Dolphins’ swimmers excel once again at swimming competitions held over the weekend of the 12th and 13th of March 2022.

At the Essex Masters event held in Basildon, Liz Woolner achieved from 4 races, 4 wins and 2 East Region records – 400 free and 50 free and 4 Beds records – 100 & 200 free on the way to the 400 free!

Thomas Allen swam all of the 10 men’s races and came away with 2 silvers for the 400 free and 100 back and a bronze for the 100 fly.

Sam Fox swam to a silver position in the 100 breaststroke and bronze in the 50 backstroke with Mike Outtram swimming to 3 gold medals for the 50 back, 100 back and the 200 free and a silver medal for the 100 IM, all Bedfordshire County records.

In Bedfordshire, a group of 20 swimmers from FDSC took part in the Linslade Crusaders Ruby Open Meet and brought home 33 gold, 33 silver and 15 bronze medals and achieved a huge number of personal best times. Highlights include Niamh, Joseph, Oscar and Max achieving regional qualifying times in a number of events as well as Derry achieving four new personal best times, with 12 seconds off her 200 IM, bringing home 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals.

Daniel De Filippo was at the Putteridge long course meet at the weekend. From 9 races he achieved 7 PBs, won 2 golds for the 50 back and 50 breast, 2 silvers for 50 free and 100 back, and 2 bronzes for 200 breast and 200 back. Daniel gained 4 long course club records for boys age 13 in the 50 breaststroke, 50 backstroke, 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke

Daniel had this to say: “It was a great experience, I was up against really fast swimmers but everyone at FDSC were really supportive of me and each other. The swimmers were so pleased to receive great feedback from Louise and Nigel and great support from Angela”.

Neve Jones had an excellent swim at Putteridge, gaining her 50m fly regional time on the Sunday.

STOP PRESS NEWS

Subject to ratification, Liz Woolner is waiting to hear if she has set a new European record for the ladies age 55-59, 100 m butterfly in a time of 1:09:89 that she swam at the Calverton & Bingham Masters meet held at Hucknell Leisure Centre on Sunday the 20th March 2022. Liz also broke the East Region record for 200 IM.

By |2022-05-24T08:41:11+01:00March 23rd, 2022|Uncategorised|

Masters’ swimmers break county and regional records in latest swims

The weekend of Saturday the 5th of March and Sunday the 6th of March 2022, two of our Masters’ swimmers crossed the county borders, one into Bracknell, Berkshire to compete at the Bracknell and Wokingham Swimming Clubs Masters Meet held at Bracknell Leisure Centre and the other in to Wales to compete at the Swim Wales Masters Long Course Championships 2022 held at the Wales National Pool.

In Bracknell on the Saturday, Dolphins Masters’ swimmer Liz Woolner achieved Swim England East region records in the 50 & 100 m butterfly, 50 m backstroke and in the 100m individual medley, also scooping up golds in all 4 of these events, as well as breaking the ER records. To top that, Liz was also awarded a gold medal in the 50 m breastroke. 200 Master swimmers took part in the competition with Liz attaining second place in the top swimmer award, with a narrow margin of just 10 points between herself scoring 3210 points and the first place winner with a score of 3220. The third place winner scored 2915 so a close run battle for first and second place, which involved swimmers from across the country.

Whilst Liz was swimming to victory in Berkshire, Ian Murray was competing in Wales at the Swim Wales masters long course championships doing exactly the same. Ian was triumphant in the 100m freestyle event winning a gold and narrowly missing the Beds County record by 0.26. The following day of the championships Ian went on to win the 200m and 800 m freestyle bagging more gold medals and achieving Beds county records at the same time even managing to break the Beds county masters record on his 400 m split time within the 800 m event. Notwithstanding Ian’s hard work in the pool, his medal haul of three gold medals and breaking three Bedfordshire county records, he even found time to don, as he put it, “…a nice Swim Wales officials’ polo shirt” and officiated as well at one of the sessions.

Brilliant performances by Liz and Ian, record breaking, gold medallists; as Flitwick Dolphins Masters’ swimmers certainly exemplary role models for the club’s swimmers.

By |2022-05-24T08:41:11+01:00March 11th, 2022|Uncategorised|

Fantastic achievements at 2022 County Championships

The club is so very proud of all its swimmers who swam at the 2022 County Championships. The results were absolutely phenomenal with 30 swimmers achieving at least one medal. The total medal haul, including team events was 171, with 61 Gold, 57 Silver and 53 Bronze. Daniel De Filippo topped the medal table with an amazing 14 gold medals. 8 swimmers between them set 36 new Club Long course records: Alena Smith, Daniel de Filippo, Francesca Baber, Harrison Shaw, Harry Rowson, Jake Hickmott, Max Thomas and Megan Jones. In addition, 4 of our swimmers gained a Top Swim Award: Lily Moxon-Booth – Girls 10 years; Harry Rowson – Boys 11 years; Alena Smith – Girls 11 years; Daniel De Filippo – Boys 13 years.

We also had some great performances in the relays winning more medals than ever before. A mention has to be given to Aaron Evans who only joined the club in November, had never swum in a 50m pool before but was called in to replace a swimmer with Covid with only a few days’ notice. With true Dolphin’s spirit he gave it a go and his team was rewarded with a County Gold! Well done to everyone involved!

By |2022-05-24T08:41:12+01:00February 20th, 2022|Uncategorised|

2022 County Championships: Great successes for Flitwick Dolphins Swimmers

With almost 60 swimmers competing in various events at the County Championships, the club is really proud of its swimmers who have managed, despite the disruption caused by Covid, to get qualifying times and then produce some stunning performances at the championships. Swimmers from all age groups performed really well – many achieving PBs, winning medals and getting regional times. The medal haul after the first main weekend is quite phenomenal. Well done to everyone who was there. Also, a big thanks to those members who volunteered to officiate or another role. The championships could not run without you!

By |2022-05-24T08:41:12+01:00January 31st, 2022|Uncategorised|

Fabulous Francesca at the National Swimming Championships

Fabulous Flitwick Dolphins swimmer Francesca Baber (15) travelled to Ponds Forge in Sheffield over the 3rd to 5th of December to compete in the National Short Course Championships.

It was a star-studded weekend with many Team GB swimmers taking part, but Francesca showed that she was more than capable of swimming at that level, despite it being her first taste of the Championships. She opened up on the Friday with a 58.99 in the 100m freestyle, only the second time she has dipped under 59 seconds, putting her in the top 50 of the 16 and under category.

There was even better to come in the 400m freestyle on the Saturday, an event that she only qualified for two weeks earlier. She showed great pacing control to pass the 200m mark in 2.13.88 before producing an exceptional second half of the race to come home in a new personal best time of 4.32.02, winning her heat and again finishing in the top 50 of the 16 and under category.

Francesca saved her very best for her last event, the 200m freestyle. She stormed off the blocks to go through the 100m mark in 1.01.28 then pulled away from the other swimmers in her heat to finish in 2.06.63, lowering her personal best time by more than two seconds. That put her 22nd in the 16 and under category and only 1.67 seconds off a final place, which must be a target for next year.

Head Coach Nigel Halford said he was tremendously proud of Francesca’s performances and the way she represented the club with such distinction at a major national event: ‘Francesca is an inspirational swimmer and I hope that younger swimmers at the club will strive to match what she has achieved’.

By |2022-05-24T08:41:12+01:00December 13th, 2021|Uncategorised|

Personal Bests at MK Open and the Winter Nationals!

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.

By |2022-05-24T08:41:12+01:00December 10th, 2021|Uncategorised|

Masters newcomer Charlotte Joyce does it again!

Masters’ newcomer Charlotte decided that having competed in the Swim England East Region and National Masters Competitions 2021, that she would attempt a repeat of the successes of those competitions and compete in the South Yorkshire Open Meet at Ponds Forge Swimming Pool in Sheffield on 14th November 2021.

Charlotte started off the weekend’s racing with a gold medal in 400 m freestyle; leading all the way for at least a full length in front was a fantastic way to start her medal winning campaign. The 50m backstroke event proved to be another great race with a personal-best time and another gold medal!

Not resting on her laurels, Charlotte swam an excellent 50 m breaststroke, yet again holding her own and achieving a third gold medal, along with a silver in the 50 freestyle. Charlotte approached the last two races with her eye on the target of yet more medals and was not disappointed with golds in the 100 breaststroke and freestyle.

Charlotte had this to say :- “this was a really enjoyable masters’ swim meet with some lovely swimming clubs and swimmers attending but some very tough competition. I’m really proud of what I have achieved, not just with my medals but with my new personal best times as well”

Head Coach Nigel Halford commented: Great swimming by Charlotte, flying the flag for the club with such distinction at a major masters meet. It shows just what opportunities there are for adult swimmers to keep enjoying their swimming and keep improving. Well done Charlotte!

By |2022-05-24T08:41:12+01:00November 22nd, 2021|Uncategorised|

Great Achievements at the East Region Winter Regionals

13 swimmers from Flitwick Dolphins travelled the short distance to the Luton Inspire swimming pool for the East Region Winter Regionals held on 5-7th November.
The swimmers competing were:
Francesca Baber Ida Corcoran, Lily Farr, Sophie Fowler, Jake Hickmott, Adam Holmes, Megan Jones, Eloisa Miller, Isaac Moon, Prem Parmar, Harrison Shaw Abigail Wickens and Lauren Young.
In the multi-classification events, Ida excelled in her swimming, achieving a silver regional medal in the 200m individual medley. Later on, two amazing swims from Abigail Wickens: a gold medal in the 100m backstroke (with a brilliant 12 seconds improvement on her existing personal-best time) as well as a silver medal for her 400m freestyle event.
Megan Jones swam the 50m butterfly with a new personal best time of 31.30. Quick on the heels of that swim came the 50 free with Megan once again achieving a new personal best time of 28.86. For Megan that was the first time she had ever gone under 29 seconds. Her mum had this to say: “It was amazing to watch Megan swim most specifically in her 50 freestyle event!!” With Megan adding “It was a really good weekend”.
Francesca Baber competed in 5 individual events: 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle achieving new personal best times in 4 of them as well as achieving new Flitwick Dolphin club records in both the age 15 and open age group categories. Her best performance came in the 100m freestyle where she qualified for open age group final and swam 58.27, qualifying her for the short course National Championships to be held in Sheffield in December.
Jake Hickmott swam in the 50, 100 and 200 m backstroke achieving new personal best times in the 50m Back – 30.43 and the 200m Back – 2.20.58 as well as forming part of the backstroke section of the Medley relay along with Prem Parmar, Harrison Shaw and Isaac Moon who, as well as taking part in the relay, swam in 3 individual events – 50m freestyle, 50m fly and 100m freestyle, achieving a new personal best time in the 50m fly.
The girl’s 4 x 50m freestyle relay team consisting of Lily Farr, Megan Jones, Eloisa Miller and Francesca Baber exceeded their expectations finishing in a time of 1.54.56 which gave them a top 10 finish.
The weekend’s swimming as brilliantly summed up by head Coach, Nigel Halford:
“A wonderful weekend at The East Region Short Course Championships with Coach Louise King and a great bunch of swimmers who were a credit to the club. Highlights were: Francesca’s PBs on the 50, 100 and 200 free, with her second Nationals QT on the 100; Megan’s face when she saw her time for the 50 free; Eloisa under 3 minutes on the 200 breaststroke; Jake’s PB on the 200 backstroke; Adam’s on the 200 fly; Isaac back under 27 sec for his 50 free; Prem giving it everything on his breaststroke; as always, Lauren and Sophie heading back towards their best on their 200s back and fly; Harrison apparently cruising to a sub-26 on his 50 free; medals for Ida and Abi, and Lily leading out a senior relay team at a major championships. I could go on, but the relays summed it up (Lily, Megan, Eloisa and Francesca; Jake, Prem, Isaac and Harrison, with Adam supporting): everyone having fun and giving absolutely everything to fly the flag for the club against the best swimmers in the region. All we lacked was spectators and I hope the live stream was a decent substitute for actually being there!”
Flitwick Dolphins Swimming Club are immensely proud of our swimmers.
To have been able to achieve so much after the trials and tribulations of lockdown and the interruptions to training and competitions because of the pandemic is a fantastic achievement. It is certainly evident in all the squads at the club the successes that are taking place as all levels of competitions resume and all ages of the club swimmers excel at their events.
Dolphin’s swimmers can also be commended for their outstanding support for each other; for the coaches, the most rewarding part is seeing all their hard work with their squads paying off and swimmers reaching their full potential, whatever the level of competition they are taking part in.

By |2022-05-24T08:41:12+01:00November 15th, 2021|Uncategorised|
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