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News January 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

Kicking off 2019

15 Jan 2019: Another solid test set from Phase 4 to kick-start 2019. With one of the youngest Phase 4 squads in recent history, tumbling records was never on the cards but even without a new record, the kick-speed was very impressive.

We've always said that the first guys need to be under 7min for this (average time across all 4 reps), demonstrated in top fashion by a rosey red-faced Paula Mellor (Drn). That's a 1:45 average 100m pace which should be achievable by the top lane for kick. A few of the names below can hit an occasional 1:40, but stringing 4 together to achieve a 400m rep of sub 7 minutes is a big ask.

Maybe a good rule of thumb should be that first years need to get below 9min, 2nd years get below 8mins, and 3rd years should be faster than 7min. Of course, if you arrive with a good strong kick already, by all means give yourself a head start! Those of you struggling with kick should always set a target for yourselves in training and keep chipping away at your times - it will improve quite dramatically.

Pos Name Date Rep 1 Rep 2 Rep 3 Rep 4 Avg All Time
1 Luke Gilliver 15 Jan 2019 6:37 6:40 6:44 6:40 6:40 12 (12)
2 Paula Mellor 15 Jan 2019 6:45 6:50 6:44 6:36 6:43 14 (14)
10 Jan 2017 8:22 8:34 8:50 8:26 8:33
1 Nov 2016 8:15 8:26 8:41 8:41 8:30
3 Callum Broadhead 15 Jan 2019 7:30 7:16 7:16 7:06 7:17 34 (34)
4 Nicholas Honeybone 15 Jan 2019 7:25 7:17 7:20 7:08 7:17 35 (35)
5 Cerys Thomas 15 Jan 2019 7:01 7:11 7:50 7:56 7:29 41 (41)
10 Jan 2017 7:57 7:55 8:03 8:14 8:02
1 Nov 2016 8:18 8:13 8:08 8:09 8:12
6 Ella Calverley 15 Jan 2019 7:39 7:27 7:41 7:38 7:36 44 (44)
7 Lucie Savage 15 Jan 2019 7:33 7:48 7:45 7:30 7:39 48 (48)
8 Cody Watkinson 15 Jan 2019 7:59 7:42 7:43 7:34 7:44 50 (51)
 
9 Jesse Goodwin 15 Jan 2019 7:54 7:50 7:40 7:36 7:45 52 (53)
10 Melissa Moreno 15 Jan 2019 7:58 8:02 7:50 7:45 7:53 57 (57)
11 Olivia Phelan 15 Jan 2019 7:55 8:01 7:55 8:00 7:57 61 (61)
12 Dzulija Karnevska 15 Jan 2019 7:56 8:01 7:59 8:00 7:59 64 (64)
13 Rose Keefe 15 Jan 2019 7:58 8:03 8:01 8:01 8:00 66 (66)
14 Mila Hughes 15 Jan 2019 8:00 8:06 8:00 8:11 8:04 68 (68)
15 Emma Mitchell 15 Jan 2019 7:50 8:05 8:03 8:27 8:06 69 (69)
16 Erin Napier 15 Jan 2019 8:15 7:55 8:10 8:16 8:09 71 (71)
 
17 Jessica Wilkinson 15 Jan 2019 8:10 8:13 8:18 8:11 8:13 72 (72)
18 Amelia Paul 15 Jan 2019 8:39 8:08 8:18 7:57 8:15 73 (74)
19 Alexander Robinson 15 Jan 2019 8:30 8:16 8:18 8:22 8:21 75 (75)
20 Joe Moore 15 Jan 2019 8:32 8:38 8:48 8:41 8:39 79 (79)
21 Jack Kelsall 15 Jan 2019 8:32 8:34 8:51 8:43 8:40 80 (80)
22 Violet Sykes 15 Jan 2019 8:29 8:38 9:02 9:01 8:47 84 (84)
23 Greta Highfield 15 Jan 2019 9:07 8:43 8:41 8:49 8:50 85 (85)
24 Frankie Ness 15 Jan 2019 7:25 7:55 10:15 9:47 8:50 86 (86)
25 Charlie Finch 15 Jan 2019 9:10 8:44 9:02 9:36 9:08 90 (90)
26 Casper Watkinson 15 Jan 2019 9:46 10:19 10:05 9:24 9:53 92 (92)
27 Harrison Maskrey 15 Jan 2019 10:01 10:19 10:30 9:14 10:01 93 (93)
28 Jack Torrington 15 Jan 2019 9:00 8:29 7:48 X
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Flying Start to New Year

6 Jan 2019: The older boys prepare for Halloween in Mallorca The New Year was celebrated in medal winning style in our first dual meet weekend of the season. Phase 5 and the top end of Phase 4 contested the City of Leeds New Year meet at John Charles, while Phases 1 to 4 visited the ever popular Hydro in Harrogate for the Janus meet.

Event 101 at Leeds set the tone for the weekend. We had one boy (and only one boy) in each of the 11, 12, 13, and open age groups. Luke Gilliver (Drn) won Gold in the first, Callum Broadhead (Arm) did likewise in the 12s (his birthday was announced too - nice prize for the youngest in the age-group), Cohen Stephenson (Adw) repeated the feat in the 13s, and the rapidly improving Zack Merritt (Drn) gave us a little variety with Silver in the open age.

If that sounds good, the boys beat even that performance in the following morning's 200m Freestyle opener. Eight boys this time, and Gold in 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15! Jack Kelsall (Edl) joining Luke (who won again). Callum and Cohen also backed up their previous day's opening Gold medals. Ben Wright (Arm) got in on the act too, leaving the other 14 year olds 10secs adrift. James Robinson (Adw) proved that he doesn't leave everything to the last 25m anymore, splitting his Gold medal performance in a 1:01 - spot on James! Behind James and returning from a nasty bout of illness was Daniel Bailey (Tho) and, while up an age-group Zack earned a 15sec long course PB but was outside of the medals this time.

We split this weekend between two meets intentionally. The more experienced and higher level athletes need long course practice. The Christmas/New Year period marks the traditional switch from short course to long course season. The big meets for Phase 5 leading in to the summer are County Championships, Regional Championships, and National Championships, along with a few National qualifying meets. All of those are long course, and the older athlete needs to be focused on that. Our younger swimmers by contrast, need the more technical short course experience. There are race skills to perfect; most importantly turns and pacing! The short course pool is where our up and coming young athletes get to practice those important skills. They'll have a few long course meets this season of course, but on the whole, short course gives them more opportunities to improve race skills.

The difference between long course and short course is also reflected in the times achieved. Everyone wants to see progress, PBs are what every swimmer is hoping for. Coming in to the first long course meet for a while, everyone is excited about seeing how much they've improved by - and rightly so. The problem is that comparing long course times against short course times will only ever lead to disappointment.

Don't do it.
Even comparing converted times is hit and miss.
Short course and long course are entirely different events. They might look similar, they certainly sound similar, but they're different!

How different?
Close enough at 50m and 100m to sow the seeds of disappointment in the inexperienced. 1sec slower at 100m just looks like a bad swim - instead, that's roughly the difference between long and short. So why can't we convert and compare? Everyone is different, quality of turns are different, stroke mechanics are different, sheer strength and fitness is also different - the latter makes a big difference long course. What converts accurately for someone with weak turns, will be no where near for those with strong turns. So just don't do it, two different events, two sets of PBs.

So after 6 months of gradual improvement in the short course pool, we hit 50m hard, and the result for most was pretty special. A 52% medal ratio tells its own story (we need a tougher meet next season maybe), but some of the improvements were astonishing. We've mentioned Zack's Silver coated 400m IM: that was a PB of over a full minute among a full set of 6 PBs! Another complete collection for Katie Stringer (Adw) with 8/8, a tired but upbeat Cohen couldn't resist beating that with 9/9 (all Gold). Ben had 4/4 (also all Gold). James 7/7. Daisy Purchase (Tho) was another high scorer with 8 for 8, albeit 7 of them being her first long course attempts so PB by default. Daisy Guttridge (Edl) too, another 8/8. And of course Luke, joining Cohen's gang with 9/9 and 7 Golds. The list could go on.

For those wondering how many events to enter over a meet weekend, that list should give you a clue.

There were a couple of gutsy Butterfly swims from the sisters Phelan. It's great to have Georgia Phelan (Adw) really attacking a 200m Butterfly again. We were hoping November's short course attempt at Animals would be backed-up in a real meet, and so it was. A prime example of not comparing SC with LC, 200m Butterfly in the big pool is so much tougher. We ask them to go 100m PB +3sec at the half way split of a 200m swim. They're used to it by now, they know what it means. But ask them to do that on a 200m Butterfly and brace yourself for the grimace and groans - it hurts like hell! So no surprise that Georgia didn't go +3sec; it isn't nice. The surprise was that she went +1sec and kept the pace going (34, 38, 39, 39). An outstanding swim and well deserving of her Bronze medal.

Younger sister Olivia Phelan (Adw) was attempting the 100m version for the first time long course. It's a toughie and she regularly makes sure that everyone knows she doesn't want to do it, but we're cruel. A solid 60-70m of good quality Fly. Then the gliding started, the single stroke breathing appeared, and uphill from there. But 1:23 is a reasonable time, her next attempt will be quicker, and she will continue to improve.