Pocklington Dolphins swim in the Yorkshire Championships

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Over the course of three recent weekends, a number of Pocklington Dolphins swimmers have competed in the Yorkshire swimming championships. The standard required to qualify for this competition is extremely high and all those who reached it are to be congratulated.

The longer distance races took place at the John Charles Centre in Leeds and the club had three competitors involved. Firstly, Libby Smales swam in the 100m backstroke coming 28th. This was followed by Aidan Fothergill who achieved a personal best (PB) in the 200m individual medley, knocking over seven seconds off his previous time and finishing a very creditable 12th. Lastly, Marcus Walker came 17th in the 200m breaststroke, knocking nearly five seconds off his PB.

The 50m sprints took place on Saturday 15 March at Pond’s Forge in Sheffield and ten swimmers made the journey there looking for success and to enjoy the experience. It was a day of mixed fortunes with some pleasing personal bests and one club record.

Libby Smales, Hannah Stanton, Helena Walker, Aidan Fothergill and Phillip Kendra competed in the backstroke with Aidan gaining another PB.

Marcus Walker, Aidan Fothergill and Michael Bowes took part in the butterfly with Michael having an excellent swim to achieve a new club record.

Helena, Marcus, Phillip and Aidan all swam in the freestyle with Aidan continuing his good form to gain his third PB of the championships.

Finally, Olivia Pickering, Marcus, Aidan, Dan Barker and Max Willmott took to the blocks for the breaststroke event. Dan, Aidan and Max all swam well, finishing in the top 20 and gaining PBs. Marcus was very disappointed by his performance, finishing one place outside the final in 11th, and a long way from his PB.

Overall, the swimmers have all gained valuable experience from the event which they will take back with them to their training with the club. They all wish to thank their coaches for their continued support.