News December 2019
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
Animals: Stand and be Counted!
18 Dec 2019: We have a tradition at Dartes to expose our young athletes to all the events on the Olympic pool programme. That includes the toughest events of all (1500m/800m Freestyle, 400m IM, and 200m Butterfly). We believe it's an important part of their swimming development and we call those who take part: The Animal Squad. Most seasons witness at least one meet where Dartes' younger swimmers dominate one of those Animal events. It's usually a level 3 meet where most of the squad can get involved, and it's usually the 200m Butterfly or 400m IM. Historically it's been one of the KuHull meets, for the 2020 season though, we started early.
The York City Baths Club's Winter Swim Extravaganza was the scene for our girls to show their Animal credentials. The boys did a fine job on the Saturday, winning the 10 years 400m IM with Jenson Owen (Edl), and then Gold and Silver in the 12 years thanks to Callum Broadhead (Arm) and Luke Gilliver (Drn). In the Open age a Bronze came our way courtesy of Ajay Scott (Arm) with Zack Merritt (Drn) coming home 5th. But for a DQ and a DNC we would have expanded our representation to 7, almost a third of the boys taking part. Not a bad showing, but the following day the girls showed them how to do it Dartes-style.
A total of 31 girls bravely finished the big medley. A whopping 19 of them wearing the red caps of Dartes (or black National Squad caps). Where the boys managed one third, the girls boasted two thirds. Grace Burton (Arm) started the ball rolling with Silver in the 10 years. Jessica Wilkinson (Adw) and Mila Hughes (Adw) kept it rolling with Silver and Bronze in the 11 years. Then Megan Wood (Arm) brought home the Gold - Ashleyne Stevens (Adw) the Bronze for the 12s.
Without stopping for breath we clean-sweeped the 13 year olds: Daisy Purchase (Tho) winning Gold by a mile. Kate Challenger (Drn) and Amelia Paul (Adw) the Silver and Bronze. The 14 years weren't shy either. A Madison Johnson (Arm) recovering (very slowly) from illness brought home the Gold followed by Ruby Barker (Ros) for Bronze. Then finally the open age arrived and Marise Garbutt (Arm) took Silver to a Bronze for Callie Ramshaw (Edl). There were others scattered through the results too, but you get the idea.
It's not even Christmas yet, and the 2020 season is already challenging for 3rd best Animal Squad on record! Thanks in no small part to the meets we've had in December. Hopefully by the end of next weekend's Northampton meet, we'll have matched our 3rd best season. As things stand, only 2013 had a greater number of 1500m Freestylers - awesome job if you're one of the 13 so far. We need another two doing the 800m Freestyle to go 2nd best there too. That should happen, we still have British National qualifiers Ben Wright (Arm) and Chantelle Waugh (Arm) without one under their belt this season. We're two big medley swimmers short of 2nd spot there as well. That's definitely achievable.
Surprisingly, the one that's lagging behind is arguably the easiest of the four. Our 200m Butterfly tally is currently languishing in equal 8th place. Plenty of time to improve that count by the summer, but will you be one of those brave enough to dive in and muscle your way through it? 24 of your team mates already have, don't be left behind!
|Animal Squads over the years|
Of course, all of that is fantastic news. However, there is a select bunch of Animals that stand out from the growling crowd. Six extremely tough athletes who competed at the York meet have braved all four of the Animal events. A huge round of applause to Ajay, Callie, Luke, Daisy, Callum, and Megan. Notching up all four in the same season is an achievement in itself, but doing so before Christmas is outstanding!
If you haven't already contributed, all you have to do is complete one of the qualifying events listed above. That's it - just finish the race (legally of course). So what are you waiting for, get your claws sharpened and join in the hunt!
Record Breaking Animal Trials
15 Dec 2019: We've been running our Animal Trials distance meet for a number of years now, they're well established on our meet calendar. It's a good opportunity to qualify for Yorkshire's in the toughest events of all: 1500m/800m Freestyle, 400m IM, the dreaded 200m Butterfly, and for those who want an easy paddle, the 400m Freestyle too. We usually have a few of Yorkshire's clubs pop along with their young animals to add a little spice, today it was our good friends from Kingston upon Hull and Rotherham Metro.
It's a meet that features heavily on our top 6 performers lists. Some of those events are difficult to find at short course meets (and hard to avoid rejection at long course meets), hence the need for Animal Trials in the first place. Today it contributed another 7 Dartes age-group records and a Ladies record to boot. Admittedly, some of those were previously unclaimed, but to still be in that state with more than 30 years worth of performances in the database tells its own story. These are tough events, and those of you setting records today deserve the recognition for doing so!
The senior ladies record was claimed by returning favourite Georgia Wright (Arm) in the 1500m Freestyle. Back in the UK for Christmas break from her college swimming scholarship in the States, this was the beginning of staking her claim to qualify for British Championships/Olympic Trials in April. It was a warm up for the big qualifying attempt at Northampton next weekend. A 17:01.37 is a pretty decent warm up.
Unfortunately that knocks Callie Ramshaw (Edl) from the top spot, but she does claim the 16 year olds' record with a massive PB of 17:34.23. That would have knocked nearly 20sec from her ladies record had it not been for Georgia's return. It also means that Callie owns the 1500m records for both 15 and 16 years short course, plus the long course 16 years and ladies standards too. That's quite a collection.
For the younger girls, Ruby Barker (Ros) claimed the vacant 14 years record in the same event, closely followed by Daisy Guttridge (Edl) for 2nd spot. That should qualify both for Yorkshires too - the true aim of the meet. Just behind them was Paula Mellor (Drn) putting her self on the top 6 lists in 3rd. Down another age group and Daisy Purchase (Tho) knocked nearly 1min off the previous 13 year olds' record to qualify her for Yorkshires. She returned for the final event to secure another qualifying time in the 800m (1500m plus 800m in one afernoon - ouch)!
Down the age groups still further, and Megan Wood (Arm) managed to slot herself into 2nd place on the 12 year olds table, beating Daisy's time from last year's event and qualifying for Yorkshires as a result. She was another girl to return later in the 800m!
Then it was on to the boys, and Luke Gilliver (Drn) surprised no one to beat Ben's 1500m record for the 12 year olds. His 18:07.63 ranks him 6th Nationally this evening. There's likely to be an open water swim off the back of that too - prizes galore. Not far behind was sparring partner Callum Broadhead (Arm). His 18:25 will be 4th best when we update the tables shortly (12th Nationally). The important job of qualifying for Yorkshires was achieved by both, and then doubled when the pair returned for the 800m to finish the afternoon. A vacant record claimed by Luke with Callum an impressive 2nd, and of course more high rankings Nationally.
Sticking with the boys' 800m Freestyle, James Robinson (Adw) set a blistering pace on his way to snatching the 16 year olds' record from training partner Zack Merritt (Drn) in 9:01.42. That time also puts him 2nd on the Men's list, 16sec behind future Commonwealth Games Team England swimmer Nicholas Grainger (Spa). A little behind him, but also beating Zack's old record from last year, Ajay Scott (Arm) achieved his personal mission of 800m and 1500m Yorkshire qualifying times. His 9:13.04 the 2nd fastest 16 year old Dartes boy ever in this event and 4th fastest on the mens list.
Last but not least, and still on the 800m Freestyle, Jesse Goodwin (Adw) became the first 11 year old Dartes boy to swim the event short course. Not only the record, but his 10:30.26 has the honour of beating the time of the only other 11 year old boy to swim the event - that being Joe Litchfield (Drn) in 10:33.50 (albeit long course).
In addition to those setting records and many others improving the depth of our top 6 lists, congratulations to all those who achieved Yorkshire Qualifying this afternoon. That, afterall, is what Animal Trials is really about. Lots of goals achieved and opportunities to race these big events long course in February. Well done all.
The records boards will be updated shortly, this is a sneak preview of what will be.
The 2k Test for Phase 4
3 Dec 2019: The penultimate Phase 4 test set for 2019 was in full swing tonight with everyone’s favourite: the 2000m Freestyle. So far, we’ve seen one name consistently in the top 3 this season (4x400 kick test and 2x800s) with Megan Wood (Arm) quickly becoming the Queen of the test sets, while Jack Torrington (Adw) with a very solid display kept her on her toes throughout – a real testament to the consistency of their training since September. Meanwhile impressive efforts from Rose Keefe (Spa), Harrison Maskrey (Adw), and Grace Burton (Arm) lead to some big time drops from the previous round.
For those attempting this test set for the first time, that gap to the leaders might look impossible now, but don’t give up! Click on their names and you’ll notice their first few attempts were roughly similar to yours. Harrison for example was at 33:54 only 12 months ago. You too will bridge that gap over time.
Overall, another good demonstration of the sheer determination that exists in this squad, good job all!
|Pos||Name||Date||800m||1500m||2000m||All Time||Avg 100m Pace|
|1||Megan Wood||3 Dec 2019||10:39||20:27||27:28||24 (25)||1:22|
|2||Jack Torrington||3 Dec 2019||10:39||20:22||27:32||26 (27)||1:22|
|3||Cody Watkinson||3 Dec 2019||11:02||20:58||27:33||28 (21)||1:22|
|4||Rose Keefe||3 Dec 2019||11:05||20:55||27:50||33 (35)||1:23|
|5||Grace Burton||3 Dec 2019||11:05||20:58||28:06||41 (41)||1:24|
|6||Harrison Maskrey||3 Dec 2019||10:56||20:52||28:08||43 (43)||1:24|
|7||Lucie Savage||3 Dec 2019||11:08||21:04||28:14||45 (38)||1:24|
|8||Jesse Goodwin||3 Dec 2019||11:42||22:13||28:52||54 (49)||1:26|
|9||Kate Challenger||3 Dec 2019||11:14||21:14||28:53||56 (56)||1:26|
|10||Emma Mitchell||3 Dec 2019||11:18||21:30||28:55||57 (57)||1:26|
|11||Ella Calverley||3 Dec 2019||11:20||21:45||28:57||59 (53)||1:26|
|12||Erin Napier||3 Dec 2019||11:36||21:58||28:58||59 (59)||1:26|
|13||Jack Kelsall||3 Dec 2019||11:20||21:38||29:07||60 (61)||1:27|
|14||Jessica Wilkinson||3 Dec 2019||11:13||21:38||29:09||62 (62)||1:27|
|15||Amelia Paul||3 Dec 2019||11:17||21:13||29:23||65 (65)||1:28|
|16||Greta Highfield||3 Dec 2019||11:53||22:17||29:35||66 (66)||1:28|
|17||Nicholas Honeybone||3 Dec 2019||11:39||22:14||29:42||70 (69)||1:29|
|18||Joe Moore||3 Dec 2019||11:46||22:20||29:43||70 (70)||1:29|
|19||Charlie Finch||3 Dec 2019||11:49||22:21||29:51||72 (72)||1:29|
|20||Mila Hughes||3 Dec 2019||11:55||22:26||29:57||76 (67)||1:29|
|21||Dzulija Karnevska||3 Dec 2019||11:58||22:36||30:15||78 (78)||1:30|
|22||Cazia Martin||3 Dec 2019||12:07||23:00||30:51||81 (81)||1:32|
|23||Grace Blair||3 Dec 2019||12:12||23:04||30:55||82 (82)||1:32|
|24||Isabelle Child||3 Dec 2019||12:03||22:54||31:04||83 (83)||1:33|
|25||Ashleyne Stevens||3 Dec 2019||12:07||22:57||31:05||84 (84)||1:33|
|26||Violet Sykes||3 Dec 2019||12:25||23:18||31:05||84 (80)||1:33|
|27||Isabella Robinson||3 Dec 2019||12:59||24:56||33:28||94 (94)||1:40|
|28||Kennedy Matthews||3 Dec 2019||13:07||25:04||33:38||95 (95)||1:40|