Last Sunday was the Summer Sprints Gala at Blyth, the final gala of the season. Alnwick Dolphins fielded a squad of 13 swimmers aged between 9 and 16 years.
There were many fantastic performances from the Alnwick youngsters with a total of 48 personal best times between them - a truly impressive performance!
Each swimmer had the opportunity to do 50m sprints in all four strokes and then an individual medley race – backcrawl, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle, competing in single year age groups.
There were many medal winning performances including Ellie Price, aged 9 years winning silver in the 50m fly (48.57 seconds), silver in the 100m I.M. (1.43.34), bronze in the 50m freestyle (43.03 seconds) and gold in the 50m breaststroke (53.29) Euan Duffin dominated the 11 year olds with silver in the 50m back (43.58), bronze in the 50m breaststroke (47.75seconds), 4th in the 100m I.M. (1.35.00) and bronze in the 50m fly (44.53 seconds). Euan’s sister, Kirsty Duffin, aged 13 years, achieved silver in the 50m fly (35.83 seconds), 4th in the 50m free (33.15 seconds and silver in the 50m breaststroke (39.32 seconds).
The Batley’s also had a successful time with Gregor Batley, aged 10 years winning silver in the 50m back (42.33 seconds), bronze in the 50m breaststroke (51.60 seconds), bronze in the 50m fly (44.10 seconds) and 4th in the 50m free (38.33 seconds). Ailsa Batley, aged 11 years, won silver in the 50m fly (43.26 seconds) and 6th in the 50m back (44.76 seconds).
Lauren Vickers, aged 14 years achieved excellent swims with bronze in the 200m I.M. (2.41.08), 4th in the 50m fly (35.27 seconds), silver in the 50m free (31.78 seconds), gold in the 50m back (35.69 seconds) and gold in the 50m breaststroke (40.04 seconds). Kieran Vickers aged 16 years did equally well with bronze in the 50m back (33.57 seconds), silver in the 50m breaststroke (36.17 seconds), silver in the 200m I.M. (2.30.21), silver in the 50m fly (32.54 seconds) and bronze in the 50m free (27.75 seconds).
Notable swims and tremendous personal bests were achieved by Rachel Black, Sarah Hodgson, Jasmine Haigh, Natalie Cowell, Lily Davies-Branch and Ben Fortescue.
Congratulations to all the swimmers on their outstanding and determined performances. Well done!
Congratulations also go to Alnwick Dolphins in reaching the Diddy League Final. The team of Merry Men (and Women) put in an outstanding effort in the final against five considerably larger clubs on June 28 at South Shields. We done to all those who took part over four weekends and congratulations on making the final despite not having a full team.