News May 2014
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
Playing Follow-my-leader at Middlesbrough
11 May: After we'd selected the group for Middlesbrough this year we looked at it and thought: "Hmmm, this looks pretty strong!" As always, we'd asked the database for the 20 age-group athletes furthest below NER qualifying for this warm up to regional championships. We prefer to take 12-14 year olds, but include the occasional older 11 year old too. We then stuff them on a couple of mini-buses with a coach and two chaperones, and parents get a quiet weekend away from the pool.
For 2014, we had an additional trick up our sleeve too. Coach Wallace decided to include a certain pair of 15 year olds. Their sole purpose was to achieve British Junior Short Course Records! High expectations for Joe Litchfield (Spa) and Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) at what was planned to be their final short course meet as juniors.
We've been running chaperoned meets since around 2006, and Middlesbrough's Neptune Centre has been the chosen location for most of them. It's a fast pool; the hotel staff always seem to like us; and there's a high level of competition, with meet records adding a little spice.
Talking of records, Friday night saw us get off at a gallop.
In the first boys event Jarvis smashed the British Junior 200m IM record on his way to Gold number 1, the time: 2:03.63. Suddenly big things seemed possible. Especially when Simon Kliment (Arm) followed up by adding a 400m Freestyle National Time in the next event. That was his first of 7 Gold medals on the way to Top Boy in the 12 year olds. A further 5 Gold medals for Jarvis would earn him the equivalent 15 year old's, with Laura Brookes (Edl) beating them both with 8 for the 13 years Top Girl.
The prediction of a strong team proved correct, we dominated the age groups we contested. Dartes had at least one top 3 placing in the Top Girl contest from 11 to 13, and similarly in the Top Boy contest for 11, 12, 14, and 15.
|Top Boy/Girl Contest. |
Ordered by points scored.
The girls didn't hang around on night one either. Tilly Arrand (Arm) was destined to win 3 Golds and lose her 1st place in the 12 year top girls competition on the very last event of Sunday. But the 200m IM brought Gold number 1, chased by Kara Mayos (Spa) for the Bronze. Laura of course won the age group above.
A second Gold medal each for Tilly and Laura came with the 400m Freestyle. Bradley Hurdiss (Drn) got in on the golden action too, before Simon and Harvey Williamson (Arm) made their intentions clear in the 12 year olds (another 1-2 for Dartes boys). Then came Jarvis!
Between him (6 times) and Joe (4 times), that was an announcement we never quite got used to over the weekend. By the end of the meet, one prominent coach was left to comment that Dartes must have a production line of top-class boys!
And then, just like that, session 1 was over and it was back to the hotel for a team meeting with Coach Dave.
The hoped for deluge of British Junior records never actually happened. Joe missed a couple by fractions of a second, Jarvis wasn't far off another one either. But by way of consolation, they did claim all the meet records, plus added a few more Yorkshire Records. Dartes now owns exactly half of the boys county short course standards.
Whenever we mention taking 20 kids away for a chaperoned meet, we're met with looks of sheer horror. You need to be careful who you take of course, but we've never had a problem. It might help that they're well aware they won't be selected for training camps if they act up. It also helps that we have a large group with experience of what's expected of them. That sets the group culture and the newbies just slot in to that. Bottom line though: we are a performance swim programme and we expect to see that status reflected by our athletes, whether they're not quite 12 or going on 16.
Parents usually worry about them not being able to look after themselves. They're much more capable than you give them credit for. "Breakfast is at 7" we tell them. Half were in the dining room at 6.30! "Be in the lobby, ready to leave at 8.10!" We left early. Its always the same, every year. Give them responsibility and they will rise to the occasion. Carry their bags around for them, and they'll let you!
The next morning continued where we left off. Silver for Brad, then a Golden Simon and Bronzed Harvey in the 100m Freestyle. Bronze too for Tilly at 100m Butterfly; there would be another in 200m Freestyle. Mark Beech (Spa) missed 100m Backstroke Gold by 0.13 to settle for Bronze. Joe didn't; but he did miss that British target by just half a second (the English by less still)! Just a Gold and Dartes Senior record, followed by Jar with the Bronze.
A new boys double act was forming beneath the stars. Another 1-2 in the 200m Butterfly; Simon Gold and Harvey Silver.
What happened next was quite exciting. Oswald Hood (Adw) swam to a near 6sec PB at 200m Breaststroke for Gold. Convert his 2:36 and you're about 1sec away from NQT! Do the same with the 100m time he set on the way to another Gold later in the weekend (1:12), and that's less than 1sec away. We suspect his mother will be quite loud at NERs next month! Bring your ear plugs.
From our small squad of 20, we had 16 medallists. Another boys double act waiting in the wings perhaps, Robbie Casson (Adw) added an 11 year olds Gold and two Bronze to Brad's 8 medals. For the girls Lauren Christmas (Arm) decided fast rotation on turns might be worth doing afterall; 200m Backstroke Gold the reward for that particular skill. An 18sec PB at 200m Butterfly almost added another, instead one of two Silvers.
A little off colour, our usual medal machine Gillian Clarke (Arm) brought home a Breaststroke Silver. Up a few age groups, and despite giving the field maybe 5m head start on 200m Butterfly, Lucy Clarke (Min) came back like a rocket to secure Silver. Finally, there was another Bronze for Charlotte Howard (Arm) at 100m Backstroke.
While all of that was happening in Middlesbrough from Friday afternoon, everyone else got the opportunity to race long course at the Lincoln Vulcans meet - something for everyone you might say.
Class of 2009
7 May: When the Commonwealth Games kicks off in July those of us who've been around Dartes for a few years will have extra special interest. Three members of our 2009 National Squad will be competing for Team England. Not only are we extremely proud of them for their hard work and continued dedication, but we thought it might inspire a few more of our younger swimmers to step up and set their goals equally high!
So you know who to look out for on the TV, this is who they are:
Sophie Taylor (Arm) won a National Bronze medal with us for 100m Breaststroke in 2009 and is currently the British record holder. Her 2009 performances still rank as Dartes records at 100m and 200m. At the time of writing, Sophie is ranked number 6 in the world for the 100m (8th for 200m)! After leaving Dartes she spent a spell with Harrogate before joining her present coach Richard Denigan at City of Leeds.
Nicholas Grainger (Spa) was part of our boys team which reached the National final for the 400m medley in 2009. He qualified for the 800m Freestyle in his own right, and added 200m Breaststroke, 1500m Freestyle, and the 400m IM the following year. Since switching to City of Sheffield and Coach Russ Barber he's grown a couple of foot and continued to develop, cementing his place as one of the country's top Freestylers - winning numerous National medals along the way and representing GB at junior level. Currently World Ranked 7th at 400m Freestyle!
Max Litchfield (Spa) was another Bronze medal winner in 2009 (3 of them in total). He went on to represent GB at Junior level while still training at Dartes, and helped the boys 4x200m Freestyle team win Gold at Junior World Championships. Before moving up the South Yorkshire Pathway to join Coach Russ Barber at Sheffield last September, he won a National Gold and 3 Silver medals for Dartes. Currently World Ranked 18th for 400m IM!
Congratulations to Sophie, Max, and Nick on their selection to Team England, plus coaches Russ Barber and Richard Denigan. To our current athletes: be inspired! If these three made it to the top, spending their formative years as age-groupers in the same lanes as you, what's stopping you?
Phase 4 Test Set
6 May: The latest Phase 4, 4x400m kick test set.
|Pos||Name||Date||Rep 1||Rep 2||Rep 3||Rep 4||Avg||All Time|
|1||Tilly Arrand||6 May 2014||6:30||6:25||6:33||6:31||6:29||2 (2)|
|2||Grace Litchfield||6 May 2014||6:28||6:25||6:29||6:43||6:31||3 (3)|
|3||Robbie Casson||6 May 2014||6:34||6:41||7:04||6:57||6:49||7 (7)|
|4||Bradley Hurdiss||6 May 2014||6:52||7:02||7:02||6:56||6:58||9 (9)|
|5||Kara Mayos||6 May 2014||7:07||7:08||7:01||6:53||7:02||12 (11)|
|6||Charlotte Howard||6 May 2014||7:12||7:12||7:02||6:57||7:05||12 (12)|
|7||Lauren Christmas||6 May 2014||7:17||7:13||7:13||7:13||7:14||15 (15)|
|8||Corinne Hill||6 May 2014||7:17||7:13||7:12||7:19||7:15||17 (17)|
|9||Rebecca Allen||6 May 2014||7:24||7:19||7:19||7:21||7:20||19 (20)|
|10||Narin Cowell||6 May 2014||7:26||7:25||7:25||7:25||7:25||21 (21)|
|11||Callie Ramshaw||6 May 2014||7:27||7:27||7:23||7:25||7:25||22 (22)|
|12||Alanah Hill||6 May 2014||7:47||7:15||7:26||7:33||7:30||23 (18)|
|13||Gillian Clarke||6 May 2014||7:02||7:40||7:57||7:52||7:37||23 (8)|
|14||Taylor Hardy||6 May 2014||7:24||8:43||7:16||7:16||7:39||23 (19)|
|15||Joe Sykes||6 May 2014||7:48||7:37||7:44||7:49||7:44||23 (23)|
|16||Emma Stringer||6 May 2014||7:36||7:51||7:45||7:51||7:45||24 (24)|
|17||Lucy Pickard||6 May 2014||7:22||7:27||8:44||7:39||7:48||25 (25)|
|18||Leah Hague||6 May 2014||7:46||7:59||7:57||8:10||7:58||27 (27)|
|19||Gabby Wedgwood||6 May 2014||7:55||7:58||8:18||7:55||8:01||28 (28)|
|20||Casey Waugh||6 May 2014||8:02||8:31||8:12||7:39||8:06||29 (29)|
|21||Ben Wright||6 May 2014||8:29||8:07||8:13||8:12||8:15||30 (30)|
|22||Harvey Williamson||6 May 2014||8:16||8:20||9:10||7:47||8:23||32 (31)|
|23||Tia Bennett||6 May 2014||8:22||8:28||8:26||8:18||8:23||32 (32)|
|24||Oliver Vodden||6 May 2014||8:41||8:35||8:17||8:12||8:26||33 (33)|
|25||Holly Fish||6 May 2014||8:25||8:58||8:25||8:23||8:32||34 (34)|
|26||Ria Finch||6 May 2014||8:57||9:08||9:03||8:51||8:59||35 (35)|
|27||Chantelle Waugh||6 May 2014||6:33||8:16||8:09||X|
|28||Aiden Lancaster||6 May 2014||9:06||9:06||8:44||X|
|29||Emily Gilliver||6 May 2014||9:22||9:54||X|