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We Are Doncaster Dartes

We are Doncaster Dartes, the town's Elite Swimming Training Scheme and traditionally one of the top 4 squads in Yorkshire Swimming. In association with Doncaster's swimming clubs, we provide the high performance training and top class, professional swim coaching required to succeed at the very highest level.

Our objective is to provide Doncaster's ambitious swimmers with the Environment, the Skills, and the Coaching Support required to reach the top in British Swimming.

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A Backstroke Tradition

8 Feb 2017: Traditions are important in sport. Our boys are on their way to building a 10 year tradition of Yorkshire Backstroke Champions.

Robbie Casson (Adw) and Ben Wright (Arm) stretched it out to 9 years at the weekend, are there more to come?
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The Challengers Approach

7 Jan 2017: The result of the 2000m test set is never a foregone conclusion. Two weeks ago Ben Wright (Arm) had a serious challenge from not one, but two girls chasing behind.

Marise Garbutt (Arm) set off strong to set the 8th fastest time ever. But Hannah Newnham (Arm) quickly overhauled her to set a pace even faster than Ben.
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Results Archive Updated

6 Feb 2017: Results Archive Results from weekend 1 of Yorkshire Champs are now in the archive.

Among them 5 Gold medals and 4 others. Headliners were our Golden stars Ben Wright (Arm), Blaine Underwood (Adw), and Robbie Casson (Adw). Well done to everyone, for a good weekend's performance.
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Phase 4 Kick Test

29 Jan 2017: Catching up with the Phase 4 test sets we have the 4x400 kick from earlier this month.

Way out in front and chasing a distant record was Casey Waugh (Arm). Trivia point: she matched her sister's best effort in Phase 4 from a few years ago to the second!
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Another Record goes Splosh!

12 Jan 2017: Butterfly kick is widely regarded as the 5th stroke. For one squad at Dartes it's their most frequent test set.

Last Thursday was the lastest round and Hannah Newnham (Arm) stole the record from Casey Waugh (Arm). But there were bigger improvements further down the leaderboard.
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Animal Squad Updated

11 Jan 2017: Each season we keep track of who has performed one of the big distance events (200m Fly, 400m IM, 800m, 1500m Freestyle). We call that select group: The Animal Squad.

Have you qualified? Have you done all three like Simon Kliment (Arm)?
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Outstanding Start to 2017

10 Jan 2017: 5 Golds, 5 PBs, and over 1min worth of improvements for Madison Johnson (Drn) at Janus.

She wasn't alone. 25 swimmers returned home with a full-set of PB swims, and over 120 medals between them. A fantastic start to the year, but it all began in September.
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Big Record Tumbles

2 Jan 2017: A 24 year old record for short course 1500m Freestyle came under attack at last month's Animal Trials. There was a chance Ben Wright (Arm) could snatch it from an old Doncaster favourite, but it would be a tight race against the clock.

Well done to everyone who contested the big events on the day. We hope to see those well earned qualifying times put to use at Yorkshires in February.
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Dartes Cap Rules

When competing for Dartes either at open meets, various championships, or arena league, everyone wearing a cap MUST wear a Dartes cap.

The cap can be the traditional red, National Squad black and red, or the newly introduced black bullet caps (unfortunately not available in red).

Please do not wear feeder club, yorkshire champs, or other random caps. You are representing Dartes, please respect the team's identity.

Phase 4 Land Training

Land training returns to its usual pre-training slot on Monday and Thursday evenings for Phase 4.

A prompt 18:00 start with former Dartes National Squad swimmer Heidi Smith (Arm) running things on Thursday evenings.

The short post-training land sessions continues on Tue/Sat/Sun.

Team Hats and Bags

Just in time for the onset of winter we have team pom pom hats available. Help avoid those winter illnesses by keeping your hair and ears covered on the way to and from training.

The new TYR team bags are also available embroided with Dartes logo and your name. The previous version was extremely popular, we expect nothing else from this new version.
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Using Pace Clocks

Pace Clocks Being able to use pace clocks is an essential skill for swimmers of all ages. We know some of you struggle and shy away from using them, so here are some helpful hints.

The key point is: never give up. Use them on every swim and within a few weeks you'll be happy to use them.
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What do you learn from Swimming?

Successful Team It's not just swimming skills you learn in the pool. Take a look at the top 10 life lessons you can make use of out of the water.

From simply showing up on time to dealing with strange people and managing your time effectively, it all helps mould you in to a successful person.
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Meet Protocol

Blood flow prior to pool warm up at Middlesboro residential weekend To save you thinking first thing on meet day morning, we have a meet protocol to tell you exactly what to do when you arrive at competitions.

Be sure to arrive in time to start your blood flow warm up a good 10mins prior to the start of the first warm up.
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Be Good Lane Mates

Meet Calendar How many times do coaches yell at you for blocking the finish for your team mates in training? Are you one of those annoying swimmers who just loves getting in the way?

Here are a few helpful hints on how you can be a better team mate. You thought this stuff only happened at Dartes, right? Oh how wrong are you!
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