Medals for Dolphins

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Five members of Pocklington Dolphins who had met the tough entry times to compete in the Yorkshire swimming championships made the journey to Ponds Forge in Sheffield on Saturday 17 March.

Swimming in a 50m pool against the best of Yorkshire and the Humber region was always going to be a challenge and all of these competitors deserve a huge pat on the back just for qualifying.

First up was Helena Walker competing in the 11 years 50m freestyle event. She swam well, achieving 38th place. Next to swim was her brother Marcus, competing in the 50m backstroke. Despite suffering badly with nerves he managed 13th place with a new personal best time.

The final race of the morning session saw club captain Phillip Kendra take to the water in the men’s open 50m backstroke event. Although he finished 12th, the times were close and very little separated his swim from those in the higher positions.

After the lunch break, the racing began, with all three of the female Dolphins contingent competing in the 50m backstroke event, in the nine, 10 and 11 years old categories.

Libby Smales was on blistering form, finishing as second fastest qualifier going into the finals in the nine years age group, while Hannah Stanton and Helena Walker finished 31st and 37th in the 10 years and 11 years age groups respectively.

Not to be outdone, Marcus then finished as second fastest qualifier in the nine years 50m breaststroke. Phillip came 14th in the 50m men’s open freestyle, Libby came 18th in the nine years 50m butterfly and Marcus came 16th in the 50m freestyle event.

Eventually, after a very long day, it was time for the finals. Libby swam first and, in an incredibly exciting and close race, finished with the silver medal and a new club record, only 0.25 of a second behind first place.

Then it was Marcus’ turn and, again, not wanting to be bettered by his friend, he came from behind to grab the silver medal and his third PB of the day.

Needless to say, they were both very happy with their efforts (as were their families). A huge thank you goes to all their coaches at the club for all their help and support.