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News January 2013

Keep up to date with what's happening at Dartes and performance swimming in Doncaster. This page records the news as it happens -- history in the making!

The Stories behind the Headlines

Zonal Medals and More NQT

The Medal Machines 27 Jan: While most of you had the weekend off, Head Coach Andy Wallace took a handful from Phase 5 to the sweat box (a.k.a. Ponds Forge) to compete in the Northern Area Zonal Meet. Over 30 clubs competed with the usual North East representation of City of Sheffield, Middlesbrough, City of Sunderland and of course ourselves, up against the North West powerhouses like City of Manchester, City of Salford, and Stockport Metro. A tough battle between clubs from the North East and North West then, with the honours split not at all evenly!

The Zonal Meets (they take place up and down the country bringing together neighbouring regions) are level 1 competitions with qualifying times set around National standard - so the stakes are high. Don't forget, as mentioned previously, the guys are in the middle of a gruelling training cycle and most of those competing should be very tired by this stage of the season. Swim tough was their objective! Meets such as Nationals and British Championships last for 5 days or more, so their poor bodies have to get used to swimming fast when tired. This was a good time to practise just that ...

They did not disappoint.

The Litchfield boys came away with Golds apiece. First up, elder brother Max Litchfield (Spa) winning the 200m and 400m Freestyle, and Silver in 200m Backstroke. The 200m Freestyle time is a new men's Club Record. Max also consolidated his position at the top of our rankings in the 100m Breaststroke, thanks to a 6th placed finish in the final.

Medley Gold for Jar Long Course NQT for Gerty Little bro' Joe Litchfield (Spa) won Gold in the 200m IM and a Bronze in the 200m Backstroke. He also acquired 2 more NQTs in 200m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke.

Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) fared well in both Medleys, winning Gold in the 400m event and Bronze in the 200m. We keep mentioning how close he is to sweeping Max from the 14 year olds Freestyle records, well in the 200m he set himself up nicely - straight in to second place, just 0.25sec behind Max's standard!

Those medals from the boys pushed Dartes right up the Mens medal table.

PosTeamGSB
1Co Manchester859
2Co Sheffield532
3Donc Dartes412
4Co Sunderland411
5Co Salford331
6Preston211
7Warrington W2
7Co Liverpool2
Mens Medal Table

Surprise of the day came from Georgia Wright (Arm) having never been to a zonal meet before and not knowing what to expect. She qualified 6th fastest for the 100m Backstroke in a time of 1:11.03 and then stepped it up a notch for the final, touching in 1:08.57 which earned her a Long Course Oh so close to NQT for The Lanky Crow Two finals for George NQT and a Bronze medal. At this level of meet the scoreboard has a habit of introducing each athlete with their photo. Georgia was thoroughly relieved when they announced her name minus mug-shot. Don't worry, we'll make sure one gets uploaded before Nationals!

More strong performances from Shannon Dodson (Adw), Caitlin Dixon (Arm), and Alex Pollard (Arm). All three managed multiple finals and lowered some of their own records along the way! For Caitlin the 400m Freestyle and 400m IM; for Shannon the 100m Backstroke; and Alex lowered his own 200m Butterfly standard in the 13 year olds.

Natasha Crow (SAS) came so close to an NQT in 100m Butterfly earning her a 4th place finish and George Scatchard (Spa) reached finals in both his 100m and 200m Backstroke.

Top of the Pops - Dartes Style

20 Jan: While Max Litchfield (Spa) was in Antwerp with the British team, everyone back home was taking advantage of our Animal Time Trials to hopefully qualify for February's Yorkshire Championships. The first weekend of these trials had produced some solid performances in the larger events, the second was set to be every bit as good.

Still a year to go, but Oliver's in the Top 5 already Performance of the Day: New Record for Robbie Star performance of the day would be found in the boys 400m Freestyle. 10 year old Robbie Casson (Adw) shaved a slice off the previous age group record to touch in 5:34.83. Not bad considering the previous owner of that record had been Joe Litchfield (Spa) with someone called Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) behind him!

That wasn't the only movement in the Top 6 10 and unders though. Straight in at number 5 was Oliver Vodden (Adw). All the more remarkable when you realise he's still only 9, and he also went straight in to 4th best performer in the 400m IM too!

Elsewhere in the 400m Freestyle, George Scatchard (Spa) and Oliver Richardson (Edl) took the opportunity to sneak in at 5th and 6th all time performers in the 15 year olds.

A few more of the boy's performances were worthy of note in the 400m Individual Medley. Joseph Gatus (Spa) got in among some big names with a 5:44 effort to put him between Jarvis and Richard Lee (Spa) in the 12 year olds. Robert Kirk (Spa) just sneaked in to 6th spot in the 13 year olds all time list, and Harvey Williamson (Arm) celebrated his move in to Phase 4 by doing likewise in the 11 year olds.

While the boys contested the short events this week, the girls had the big 800m Freestyle. 10 of the 29 girls taking part climbed up and into the top performers list in their age groups as a result of their efforts. Top among them was Georgia Wright (Arm), beating the field by around 20sec and putting herself 2nd in the Senior girls record list behind distance superstar Caitlin Dixon (Arm). In her 14 year age group the story is the same, the gap a little closer, but she's also joined in the top 6 by Chloe Hardy (Adw) and Katie Pendlebury (Ros) sneaking in as 5th and 6th.

Three in the Top 5 on 800m Freestyle Dropping down a couple of years and there was another candidate for performance of the day. Having only just turned 12, the twins were in full battle mode and ready to assault the age-group record held by Chairman's daughter Laura Hirst (Edl) since 2006. First in was her very noisy clubmate Laura Brookes (Edl), missing out by just 4sec! About 50m later Amber Hardy (Adw) arrived to claim Dartes' 5th best 800m time ever in that same age group.

If we're expecting that 6 year old record of 9:59 to get splashed next time Laura attempts it, the Long Course version might not be far behind at 9:57! With a top 6 spread down to just 10:04 though (just 7sec from fastest ever to 6th), getting in the list Long Course is much more demanding.

The next two age groups down also see movement too, which can only be good news for the future of distance Freestyle at Dartes. In the 11 year olds we have three new names to the list. Chantelle Waugh (Arm), Tilly Arrand (SAS), and Rebecca Wright (Arm) all forcing themselves in to the reckoning as 4th, 5th, and 6th best.

Another year down, and we have two more girls forcing their way in to the 10 year olds list too. Gillian Clarke (Arm) and Taylor Hardy (Adw) placing themselves right up there behind the 2011 attempts of Amber and Laura at the earliest opportunity.

Really good to see 29 girls having a bash at Yorkshire qualifying in the longest event. Even better to see so many of them not just taking part, but putting themselves in serious contention.

Max Qualifies Ahead of Olympians

20 Jan: With flights from Heathrow cancelled due to a light dusting of snow, most of the British team failed to arrive in Antwerp for the Flanders Speedo Cup. Results for those who found alternative transport arrangements however, were pretty good, our own Max Litchfield (Spa) among them.

So far he's qualified for 3 finals: 400m Freestyle, and both Medleys. To give some indication of the calibre of this meet, favourite for the Medleys was 5 times Olympic medallist (3 Silvers behind Phelps in Beijing, and a Bronze in London and Athens) and World Champion (2005), Hungarian, Lázsló Cseh. While the middle distance Freestyle looked set to be ruled by the Faroese superstar Pál Joensen who took 1500m Freestyle Bronze at last year's Short Course Worlds.

Despite that level of competition though, Max managed to qualify fastest for all 3 of those finals - beating both favourites along the way!

The finals didn't end quite the same way round, but a Silver and Bronze with more to come from the Dartes man is a very solid performance in his first senior international appearance.

The Toughest Test: 2,000m

18 Jan: Not very many people would honestly say they enjoy a straight 2,000m swim. Fewer still would enjoy it, knowing they're swimming for a time and being ranked in a league table not only with the rest of their training group, but with their previous best times too. Nevertheless, that's what Phase 4 were up to Friday night.

As an exercise in finding out who the tough cookies are, it's pretty unbeatable. The mind games start around 800m - not even half way through.

"Mind games?" your parents are now asking, "What does that mean?".

Imagine working as hard as you can for 10mins. Knowing that you're not even half way through, you're already exhausted, and every muscle in your body is screaming at you to slow down. So the obvious thing to do is slow down. Except you can't slow down, because if you do that, the person behind you will overtake and get a faster time than you. You've got to keep punishing yourself harder than you ever thought possible. But your brain is telling you to slow down, and your body is screaming in pain.

Yep, those kind of mind games.

The battle for 2,000m supremacy is as much mental as physical. Although physically the battle is pretty tough too. To keep your body working at this high intensity for 30mins without backing off takes either intense concentration or a song with a pretty big beat to sing in your head. Perfect preparation for anyone considering 800m/1500m Freestyle at Yorkshires next month!

Concentrating hard to bring the field home under 26 minutes was Josh Reasbeck (Edl) but with some very strong swims in the chasing pack. Robert Kirk (Spa) was next, we suspect another concentrator. Nothing so quiet for 3rd place though, very definitely screaming out some loud song to herself was Laura Brookes (Edl) a smidgen under 28mins.

From the earlier group, we had a battle between Lauren Jarvis (Arm) and Amber Hardy (Adw) for top honours. Despite an over taking attempt by Amber around the 2nd time check, they finished in the order they started for 6th and 7th.

At the bottom end of the table, we had lots doing this for the first time. We had all 26 finishing inside the top 14 times from last April. Obviously this isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it's good to see everyone attacking this with such determination. You can look forward to another one later in the year.

Pos Name Date 810m 1530m 2010m
1 Joshua Reasbeck 18 Jan 2013 10:17 19:35 25:47
2 Robert Kirk 18 Jan 2013 10:20 20:02 26:33
3 Laura Brookes 18 Jan 2013 11:08 21:12 27:59
4 Mathew Jubb 18 Jan 2013 11:14 21:22 28:00
5 Georgia Whetton 18 Jan 2013 11:20 21:30 28:11
6 Lauren Jarvis 18 Jan 2013 11:17 21:31 28:17
7 Amber Hardy 18 Jan 2013 11:19 21:29 28:21
8 Rianna Hill 18 Jan 2013 11:27 21:38 28:29
 
9 Corinne Hill 18 Jan 2013 11:21 21:44 28:42
10 Joseph Gatus 18 Jan 2013 11:40 22:11 28:54
11 Chantelle Waugh 18 Jan 2013 11:34 22:05 29:12
12 Grace Litchfield 18 Jan 2013 11:56 22:34 29:29
13 Chloe Key 18 Jan 2013 12:17 22:36 29:33
14 Alanah Hill 18 Jan 2013 12:01 22:26 29:44
15 Lily Metcalfe 18 Jan 2013 12:00 22:48 30:02
16 Tilly Arrand 18 Jan 2013 12:04 22:44 30:08
 
17 Rebecca Christmas 18 Jan 2013 11:55 23:07 30:44
18 Lauren Heywood 18 Jan 2013 12:18 24:21 30:47
19 Rebecca Wright 18 Jan 2013 12:32 23:11 30:55
20 Rebecca Allen 18 Jan 2013 12:48 23:25 31:03
21 Bradley Hurdiss 18 Jan 2013 12:42 24:38 31:24
22 Harvey Williamson 18 Jan 2013 12:42 23:19 31:24
23 Gillian Clarke 18 Jan 2013 12:52 24:46 31:32
24 Kara Mayos 18 Jan 2013 12:59 23:54 32:43
25 Taylor Hardy 18 Jan 2013 13:10 24:14 33:14
26 Robbie Casson 18 Jan 2013 12:56 24:05 33:21

Max joins Halsall and Tancock

16 Jan: Yesterday British Swimming announced its 48 strong team for the Flanders Speedo Cup. Among the team are Olympians Liam Tancock and Fran Halsall, part of the newly formed National Sprint Group under the charge of Coach James Gibson at Loughborough, himself a former World Champion, and recently the coach to Olympic Champion Florent Manaudou.

The British team for the event is South Yorkshire heavy too. Joining our own Max Litchfield (Spa) are 9 members of Russ Barber's elite squad in Sheffield (including former Dartes star Nicholas Grainger (Spa). There's more Yorkshire representation too, in the form of Kingston upon Hull's Rachael Williamson and another former Dartes favourite Sophie Taylor (Arm) now with City of Leeds.

The Flanders Cup in Antwerp next weekend will provide a quality racing opportunity against an international field, including some World Class competitors. Another feather in the cap of Max, and on behalf of everyone at Dartes, we wish him luck.

The Longest Day aka City of Derby Level 1

12 Jan: Whilst a lot of Phase 4 and JDS went to Harrogate for the Janus meet with Assistant Coach Dave, Head Coach Andy took the majority of Phase 5 and a few others to the extremely high level City of Derby meet held over a full weekend at Ponds Forge.

Prize Money As usual the meet was hugely oversubscribed, meaning the organisers needed to reject nearly half of the entries. In these tough economic times, rumour has it that over 1,000 entries were rejected! As licencing for level 1 meets dictates, only the fastest entries survived so there was some tough competition for our Dartes superstars. Over 55 clubs competed over the two days and it was our first Long course meet of the season; a chance to blow away the cobwebs and adapt once again to the 50m pool before Championship season begins.

As always around this time in the season our athletes are right in the middle of some heavy training. Our coaches have been setting some gruelling sets and as most of the swimmers found out (those with more experience were prepared for it) it was hard to swim fast in such a beaten up state. Tired bodies don't make for fast racing machines, but the more tired they are at this stage of the training cycle, the faster they're likely to be when tapered. Those attempting to self-taper in January are unlikely to swim fast when it really counts - so don't do it, trust your coach's experience!

Despite the tiredness, those prepared to race tough had some cracking swims. The usual suspects like Joe Litchfield (Spa) brought out something special. Two 14 year old boys Dartes records in 100m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke. The Backstroke giving him another NQT (a month before he got it last year) and a Gold medal. He also won 2 Silvers in 200m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke. If the longer Backstroke was just 0.28s away from another NQT, he made up for it in the heats of the 200m IM, smashing that qualifying standard by 3sec. Go Joe!

It's rare for anyone in Phase 5 to set huge PBs at this time in their career. Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) managed it though. It's surprising how infrequently he races 400m Freestyle Long Course, and that's reflected in his 33sec improvement (albeit over a 2 year period)! Back to his normal events, and a Silver in the 200m IM plus 3 Bronzes in 100m, 200m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle. No Gold medal for our National Champion - that just highlights how tough this competition is!

Gillian Clarke (Arm) managed Gold in the 100m Backstroke though. She also brought home 2 Silvers in 200m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke, and a bronze in 200m freestyle. Helping her achieve so much is her unrelenting focus on getting the skills right. Anyone who sees her train knows you can always rely on her to set the standard with underwater work, Backstroke rotation, and any other challenge thrown her way. Definitely an attitude to copy for any budding young swimmer.

Photo with an Olympian Back to the hunt for National Times and step up to the blocks Shannon Dodson (Adw). In true T-Rex style she sliced a chunk off her PB to earn NQT in 200m IM by just 0.25s. Another indication of the quality field - that was only good enough for 5th on the day!

Another of our older girls earning herself 5th spot and a shiny new NQT was Caitlin Dixon (Arm) in the 400m Freestyle. The first senior girls Dartes record of 2013 saw her dip 3sec below the required time standard for the summer event. Between the two of them, the Crazy Cat and T-Rex, that's 7 events they've qualified for at Nationals.

Next up, a very good demonstration of how difficult PBs become as you get older. By the time you reach 17 or so, the days of knocking seconds off your best times at every meet are long gone. If you knock a second off over 12 months you're often happy. For this weekend and the following weekend on Team GB duty Max Litchfield (Spa) didn't set a single PB - hard training does that to you. It's hard to understand for younger athletes who improve every time they get in the pool, but with the extra muscle mass gained by your late teens, you're only likely to PB when tapered. The rest of the time, you race hard and tough it out among the other tired bodies. For Mighty Max, a Gold in 200m Freestyle and 2 Silvers in Backstroke were his rewards.

Still too young to suffer any of that of course, Alex Pollard (Arm) is still knocking seconds off everything: 7 swims, 7 PBs (over 24sec worth in total) and 2 more NQTs to add to his growing collection in 100m and 200m Butterfly. He also got a Bronze for the Animal Squad 200m event.

Last but not least, here are the younger boys keeping the Dartes Backstroke tradition alive and kicking. A great weekend for Robbie Casson (Adw) winning 2 Gold medals and a Bronze in the 200m IM. Not a million miles behind (less than a second in both in fact) Bradley Hurdiss (Drn) won Silver in the 100m and Bronze in the 200m Backstroke.

Two special bits to this meet. First of all, it's one of those rare occasions where you can win prize money! Don't worry, it wasn't all won by Oliver Vodden (Adw) and Robbie (see photo above). It's also an opportunity to get your photo taken with an Olympian and former World number 1 at 200m Freestyle (2004) Mel Marshall. The City of Derby Head Coach was wandering around, so little Vodd being his usual friendly self, flashed a smile and the rest is history.

At Long Last: Kick Set

8 Jan: The start of January proved rather busy with meets and time trials, so this test set took a little time to put up. It's here now though and some good improvements throughout Phase 4. After November's kick test we reminded you all of British Swimming's marker of 3mins for a 200m kick. A number of Saturday mornings since then have included a lovely tough 20x100m max effort set of kick to develop more power and have a sneaky look at who's closing in on that magic pace (1min 30 for 100m).

Top girl in those short sprints has been Laura Brookes (Edl), beating down on 1min 30 with a few others not too far behind. Interesting to see the large drop off over these 400m reps; the extra distance to each rep makes a massive difference to the pace. Saying that though, we still think our leaders should be closer to 7mins than 7mins 30! Maybe they're not attacking the starts aggressively enough. After all, the total distance here is roughly the same as those 20x100m.

With an almost full house it was nice to see 8min being beaten by a few more too. Jumping inside for the first time were Matthew Jubb (Adw), Gillian Clarke (Arm), Tilly Arrand (SAS), Grace Litchfield (Min), and the first of the Hills; Alanah Hill (Min) managing to beat her sisters to the prize.

For those of you attempting this for the first time, like Harvey Williamson (Arm), and finding yourself down towards the bottom, don't be dispirited. Click on the Jubbernaut's name to expand his history and check out his first time: 9:51. Everyone is faster than that, so all of you can follow a similar progression and get under 8mins with hard work and determination!

Remember, it's the average of all 4 reps that counts!

Pos Name Date Rep 1 Rep 2 Rep 3 Rep 4 Avg All Time
1 Laura Brookes 8 Jan 2013 7:28 7:48 7:22 7:23 7:30 3 (3)
27 Nov 2012 7:31 7:33 7:41 7:54 7:39
24 Apr 2012 8:20 8:15 8:21 8:40 8:24
20 Mar 2012 8:09 8:15 8:29 8:42 8:23
20 Jan 2012 7:59 8:07 8:15 8:26 8:11
20 Dec 2011 8:04 8:32 8:33 8:33 8:25
22 Nov 2011 7:59 8:06 9:03 8:21 8:22
2 Lauren Jarvis 8 Jan 2013 7:29 7:31 7:37 7:37 7:33 5 (5)
27 Nov 2012 7:35 7:42 7:47 7:54 7:44
15 May 2012 8:26 8:35 8:40 8:30 8:32
24 Apr 2012 8:32 8:27 8:53 9:10 8:45
20 Mar 2012 9:21 8:44 9:05
20 Jan 2012 9:04 9:04 9:04 9:03 9:03
20 Dec 2011 9:37 10:35 10:10 9:57 10:04
3 Georgia Whetton 8 Jan 2013 7:44 7:44 7:38 7:43 7:42 7 (7)
27 Nov 2012 7:45 7:57 8:01 8:06 7:57
15 May 2012 8:11 8:24 8:28 8:30 8:23
24 Apr 2012 7:59 8:15 8:30 8:28 8:18
20 Mar 2012 8:44 9:04 9:12 9:15 9:03
4 Lucy Clarke 8 Jan 2013 7:38 7:47 7:47 7:52 7:46 10 (8)
27 Nov 2012 7:41 7:48 7:47 7:45 7:45
24 Apr 2012 7:45 7:55 8:04 8:12 7:59
20 Mar 2012 7:52 8:14 8:07 8:08 8:05
20 Jan 2012 8:16 8:23 8:17 8:19 8:18
20 Dec 2011 7:48 7:55 8:02 8:18 8:00
22 Nov 2011 8:01 8:34 8:45 8:25 8:26
5 Mathew Jubb 8 Jan 2013 7:51 7:47 7:48 7:45 7:47 10 (10)
27 Nov 2012 8:07 8:07 8:04 7:50 8:02
24 Apr 2012 8:46 8:38 9:03 8:43 8:47
20 Mar 2012 8:40 8:58 9:22 9:03 9:00
20 Dec 2011 8:45 8:58 9:05 8:52 8:55
22 Nov 2011 9:17 9:27 10:40 10:00 9:51
6 Lily Metcalfe 8 Jan 2013 7:54 8:00 7:50 7:57 7:55 14 (6)
27 Nov 2012 7:46 7:47 8:01 8:11 7:56
15 May 2012 8:01 8:06 8:08 7:49 8:01
24 Apr 2012 7:40 7:31 7:46 7:47 7:41
20 Mar 2012 8:09 7:59 8:09 7:58 8:03
20 Jan 2012 8:01 8:05 8:07 8:05 8:04
20 Dec 2011 8:07 8:03 8:39 8:37 8:21
22 Nov 2011 8:09 7:58 7:58 8:18 8:05
7 Grace Litchfield 8 Jan 2013 8:00 7:50 7:53 8:02 7:56 14 (14)
27 Nov 2012 8:03 7:55 8:01 8:01 8:00
15 May 2012 8:18 8:25 8:38 8:50 8:32
24 Apr 2012 8:05 7:54 8:21 8:27 8:11
20 Mar 2012 8:51 8:37 8:36 9:02 8:46
20 Jan 2012 8:51 9:15 9:13 9:09 9:07
22 Nov 2011 9:00 9:10 9:10 8:33 8:58
8 Tilly Arrand 8 Jan 2013 7:55 7:59 7:56 8:02 7:58 16 (16)
27 Nov 2012 8:02 8:01 8:00 8:10 8:03
15 May 2012 8:33 8:29 8:28 8:31 8:30
 
9 Alanah Hill 8 Jan 2013 7:58 7:54 8:03 8:00 7:58 17 (17)
27 Nov 2012 8:07 8:19 8:06 8:12 8:11
10 Gillian Clarke 8 Jan 2013 7:55 7:54 7:59 8:07 7:58 17 (18)
27 Nov 2012 8:19 7:59 8:18 8:09 8:11
15 May 2012 8:39 8:47 8:51 8:30 8:41
24 Apr 2012 8:48 8:48 8:39 8:26 8:40
20 Mar 2012 8:42 8:51 8:54 8:23 8:42
20 Jan 2012 8:29 8:33 8:44 8:42 8:37
20 Dec 2011 8:32 8:40 8:51 8:48 8:42
11 Robbie Casson 8 Jan 2013 8:02 7:58 8:03 8:02 8:01 20 (20)
27 Nov 2012 8:25 7:58 8:03 8:06 8:08
15 May 2012 9:00 9:02 8:58 9:04 9:01
12 Amber Hardy 8 Jan 2013 8:10 7:57 7:59 8:08 8:03 21 (21)
27 Nov 2012 8:25 8:33 9:29 8:30 8:44
15 May 2012 8:19 8:15 8:27 8:27 8:22
24 Apr 2012 8:21 8:24 8:19 8:36 8:25
20 Mar 2012 8:27 8:43 8:50 8:49 8:42
20 Dec 2011 8:02 8:30 8:32 8:34 8:24
13 Robert Kirk 8 Jan 2013 7:36 8:02 8:33 8:12 8:05 23 (1)
27 Nov 2012 7:29 7:43 8:02 7:59 7:48
15 May 2012 7:11 7:14 7:18 7:24 7:16
24 Apr 2012 7:20 7:19 7:32 7:34 7:26
20 Mar 2012 7:22 7:24 7:30 7:31 7:26
20 Jan 2012 7:19 7:19 7:28 7:37 7:25
20 Dec 2011 7:23 7:25 7:33 7:23 7:26
22 Nov 2011 8:08 7:34 7:38 7:38 7:44
14 Rebecca Christmas 8 Jan 2013 8:14 8:21 8:26 8:16 8:19 26 (26)
27 Nov 2012 8:30 8:45 8:41 8:14 8:32
15 May 2012 8:57 9:08 9:26 9:32 9:15
24 Apr 2012 9:18 9:31 9:18 9:08 9:18
20 Mar 2012 9:18 10:20
15 Oswald Hood 8 Jan 2013 8:30 8:35 8:29 7:57 8:22 28 (25)
27 Nov 2012 8:13 8:44 8:05 8:05 8:16
15 May 2012 8:16 8:41 8:23 8:07 8:21
24 Apr 2012 8:26 8:18 8:32 8:06 8:20
20 Jan 2012 8:58 8:57 8:39 8:23 8:44
20 Dec 2011 8:52 8:52 8:56 9:02 8:55
22 Nov 2011 9:08 9:36 9:14
16 Bradley Hurdiss 8 Jan 2013 8:23 8:28 8:32 8:18 8:25 29 (29)
 
17 Taylor Hardy 8 Jan 2013 8:22 8:15 8:34 8:38 8:27 32 (32)
27 Nov 2012 10:08 9:14 10:03 9:29 9:43
15 May 2012 9:14 9:21 9:26 8:43 9:11
18 Corinne Hill 8 Jan 2013 8:24 8:19 8:30 8:43 8:29 34 (34)
27 Nov 2012 8:54 8:54 9:17 8:38 8:55
19 Lauren Heywood 8 Jan 2013 8:24 8:25 8:35 8:34 8:29 35 (35)
27 Nov 2012 8:29 8:34 8:49 8:45 8:39
15 May 2012 9:00 8:56 9:12 8:43 8:57
24 Apr 2012 8:51 8:58 9:07 9:10 9:01
20 Mar 2012 9:00 9:16 9:26 9:14 9:14
20 Jan 2012 8:49 9:03 9:19 8:58 9:02
20 Dec 2011 9:15 9:15 9:22 9:08 9:15
22 Nov 2011 9:11 9:47 9:51 9:27 9:34
20 Chantelle Waugh 8 Jan 2013 8:01 8:21 8:52 9:34 8:42 37 (15)
27 Nov 2012 8:10 8:01 7:51 7:49 7:57
24 Apr 2012 8:40 8:40 8:44 8:16 8:35
20 Mar 2012 9:26
20 Jan 2012 9:30 9:29 9:38 10:47 9:51
20 Dec 2011 9:25 9:25 9:28 9:24 9:25
21 Joseph Gatus 8 Jan 2013 8:42 8:32 8:59 8:43 8:44 37 (28)
27 Nov 2012 8:51 8:27 8:19 7:54 8:22
20 Dec 2011 10:55 10:22 10:11
22 Nov 2011 10:30 10:00 9:27 10:00 9:59
22 Joshua Reasbeck 8 Jan 2013 9:04 8:54 8:39 8:31 8:47 37 (9)
27 Nov 2012 7:44 7:44 7:39 7:56 7:45
24 Apr 2012 7:40 7:46 7:49 7:53 7:47
20 Jan 2012 7:44 7:30 10:30 8:25 8:32
20 Dec 2011 7:47 7:52 7:50 8:01 7:52
22 Nov 2011 8:02 7:51 7:57 8:02 7:58
23 Thomas Wilson 8 Jan 2013 8:44 8:38 9:00 8:51 8:48 37 (30)
27 Nov 2012 8:31 8:22 8:21 8:29 8:25
24 Chloe Key 8 Jan 2013 8:36 8:52 8:53 9:18 8:54 39 (13)
27 Nov 2012 7:52 7:44 7:51 7:51 7:49
15 May 2012 8:41 8:30 8:33 8:32 8:34
24 Apr 2012 8:43 8:56 8:51 9:24 8:58
20 Mar 2012 8:39 8:39 8:28 8:38 8:36
20 Jan 2012 8:43 8:51 8:34 8:48 8:44
20 Dec 2011 9:07 9:09 9:09 9:05 9:07
22 Nov 2011 8:54 9:10 8:55 8:13 8:48
25 Kara Mayos 8 Jan 2013 8:54 9:03 9:04 9:03 9:01 39 (39)
26 Michelle Bellamy 8 Jan 2013 8:59 9:30 8:50 9:03 9:05 41 (41)
27 Nov 2012 9:26 9:33 10:45
27 Harvey Williamson 8 Jan 2013 8:55 9:22 10:10 9:52 9:34 43 (43)
28 Rebecca Wright 8 Jan 2013 9:12 9:35 9:25 10:22 9:38 44 (44)
27 Nov 2012 9:29 9:31 10:09 10:07 9:49
29 Rianna Hill 8 Jan 2013 8:18 8:34 8:35 X
27 Nov 2012 8:20 8:23 8:33 8:36 8:28
15 May 2012 9:49 9:52 10:03 10:24 10:02
30 Rebecca Allen 8 Jan 2013 9:03 9:31 9:35 X
27 Nov 2012 9:33 9:31 10:14
Click on the name to expand previous results

The Animals are in Town

6 Jan: Last weekend was our first of two Animal Time Trials, your chance to set a time for those elusive distance events. Whereas 100m and 200m events are available to anyone at any time of the year, the longer events, and especially the 800m/1500m Freestyle only have 4 or 5 opportunities throughout the year. Even then, there's only really Yorkshire Championships that is accessible to most.

MonthMeetCourse
JanuaryAnimal Time TrialsShort Course
FebruaryYorkshire ChampionshipsLong Course
JuneNER ChampionshipsLong Course
JulyNational ChampionshipsLong Course
DecemberNER Short Course ChampionshipsShort Course
Events offering 800m/1500m Freestyle

To make matters worse, you need to set a qualifying time in a licenced meet before entering. As you'd expect, the qualifying standard gets tougher as you go down the list, so miss the first and your chances of qualifying for any other are very slim. Any open meets offering these events (and there aren't many) are usually filled with those expecting to do well at Nationals who are desperate for more practice. This means spots in open meets are often harder to get than the coveted NQT itself.

Good to see two heats of boys attack the mile on Sunday then, 5 of them for the first time.

Heat 1 was won with a dominant swim by Matthew Jubb (Adw). The Jubbanaut held 1:17 pace throughout to qualify for Yorkshire Champs next month and earn himself the 3rd fastest short course time by a 12 year old Dartes boy. If he can repeat that in the Long Course pool in February he will probably book himself a place at NERs in the event too (those QTs are yet to be published).

Two more first-timers swam in the same heat. For one of them it was probably his first race above 100m - quite a scary jump! Just days after moving in to Phase 4 Simon Kliment (Arm) found himself facing 60 lengths of pain. Just over 20mins later he became Dartes' 2nd fastest 11 year old over the distance, beating the time set by Oswald Hood (Adw) last year. That earns Simon his first spot at Yorkshires, while Os was a couple of lanes over in the same heat.

Rounding out heat 1, our 3rd 1500m newbie was Thomas Wilson (Arm) putting in a fine performance - and kicking most of the time too.

Surprisingly, hidden among the veterans of heat 2, we had another two first-timers. Not the pair in the outside lanes: Robert Kirk (Spa) and Josh Reasbeck (Edl) hunting Yorkshire qualifying. Instead, two from Phase 5 attempting it for the first time in lanes 2 and 3, about to set two of the fastest 3 times of the day.

Take a look at the club record pages and you'll notice that, at the age-group level at least, not many have attempted these larger events short course. For the 15 year olds before Sunday, only two names were on the board. Now newbie George Scatchard (Spa) has claimed the number 2 spot with veteran Oliver Richardson (Edl) at number 3. Bare that in mind, if you want to put yourself on the club records pages, have a crack at the longer distances.

So with just one of our mile-newbies left, let's take a look at the centre lanes. Last month we mentioned that Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) was close to wiping out many of the 14 year old boys records set by Max Litchfield (Spa) a few years ago. We hinted that over the next 8 months Jarvis might just push Max out of the Freestyle records completely. Well he's not wasting any time getting on with it, here's the first! 16:48 is an average of 1:07 for each 100m, a pace a few seconds slower than Coach Wallace had scribbled on his sheet before the race, which suggests that with practice at this distance there's still a sizable chunk to drop. But if he can get anywhere near repeating this time Long Course, there's another NQT for him.

The question though: will Jarvis be brave enough to attempt this long course? If he wants to clean up on those age group club records he needs to. He'll also need to go 10sec faster long course to boot! Easily achievable with practice.

If that was the star swim of the day though, Joe Litchfield (Spa) was right behind him. 10sec further back, he too smashed the previous record set by his brother. A two pronged attack on the long course record might be on the cards in a month's time. If that happens both boys might come away with an extra NQT.