Dewsbury A.S.C. Club Gala Reports season 2017

Swimming Championships
Masters and Age Group Gala

Huddersfield Leisure Centre
15th. January 2017
A great start to this season of competitions.

Huddersfield leisure centre was the venue to the 1st Kirklees and District Gala. After quite a lot of confusion over registration Dewsbury managed to get into the swim of it. The masters started the gala off and with 5 of the 9 entries being Dewsbury, our fans raised the roof with their vocal support. Jeremy Sykes had a very good swim in the 1st heat. The 2nd heat was dominated by our 3 seasoned members Dan Hines, Nathan Haigh and James Meehan. With a very old face stepping up and putting in a blinder of a race Tom Idle.

Two of our youngest swimmers took to the blocks next. Elizabeth Sykes, once again showed nerves of steel and another newbie Cerys Idle showed no fear as they both put in great times in 9/10 Ladies 50m Breaststroke. Sam Mclarnon Was up for the 9/10yrs men’s 50 m Breaststroke and what a dominating heat he had. Then another outstanding performance to collect a silver in the final.

The Ladies open 50m freestyle was another full packed event with 12 Dewsbury Swimmers entering. Elizabeth Sykes, Sophie Crossley, Katelyn Haigh, Imogen Dixon, Daisy McGee Lucy Jolly, Wiktoria Prusko and Tia Clarke all putting great performances in their heats. The final heat was once again dominated by our swimmers. Beth Hines, Alice Jolly, and Bowler sisters Nicole and Laura. The heat was taken from the Start by a very impressive swim for Laura, followed in by Alice (2nd) and Nicole and Beth both getting the same time (joint 3rd). The Final Was very similar to the last heat as for the line up on the blocks. Only Laura swam even better than her heat achieving her personal best. Alice coming in shortly after to claim 2nd and Nicole and Beth coming in 4th and 5th.

Sophie Crossley and Katelyn Haigh took to the blocks in the Ladies 11yrs 50m Freestyle. Katelyn put in an amazing swim which gained her entry into the final. Where came a very respectable 7th in a very tough battle.

Then came one of our smallest swimmers with the largest determination. Harry Haste put in the performance of his swimming life, so far, with a very strong 3rd in his heat of the 11yrs men’s 4 x 1 I.M. Harry then put another superb performance in the final finishing a strong 5th.

The show that most of the team was looking forward to. The Masters 100 m Breaststroke. The event was Dewsbury owned with all 3 swimmers being Dewsbury. Rob Haigh put a blistering time in, which left Dan Hines and James Meehan fighting for second place. Equally matched until the last 25m where Dan managed to pull away ever so slightly from James. Once again the whole of the spectators were behind the 3 coaches raising the roof with applauding.

Another younger swimmer made his debut onto the blocks. James Hird was straight into a final, but showed no fear as he put a great swim in finishing in a very strong 4th position.

Wiktoria Prusko and Lucy Jolly carried on the success in the 14 yrs. Ladies 100m Breaststroke. Each of them bringing home a silver and bronze in the final.

The Sykes Brothers also achieved some great times in the 13yrs 100m Freestyle. Reece managing to just beat his biggest rival (Josh). The times were very close, which meant Reece got through to the final and finishing 7th.

Beth Hines took to the final of the Ladies 100m Fly and put one of her best ever swims. She was rewarded with a bronze for her efforts.

The next event was probably the hardest event ever. The stroke or the distance was not a problem for Mackenzie Hall. It is having to stand up in front of everyone and swim on your own. It takes a lot of courage and Mackenzie took it all in his stride. The BOK trophy was all his.

The Jolly Sisters Lucy and Alice put two great performances in the open 100m Backstroke heats. Alice then went onto snatching a silver in the final.

Tom Hunter also quite new to the scene, swam in a very tough final in the Men’s 15 yrs. 100m Breaststroke. It was a great battle to the end, which gained Tom a bronze medal to his collection.

The final event and 6 of our swimmers entered the Men’s open 100m Freestyle. Our younger swimmers, Harry Haste, James Hird and Josh Thackray put in some great shifts. The older swimmers Once again showed why Dewsbury ASC is becoming stronger and stronger. Rob Haigh took the trophy in the final with James Meehan and Tom Hunter also making the swim.

A big thank you to the coaches that give up their own time to help organise these events. A big shout out to the fans that follow and support the team.

Thank you to the Club Captains that help out on the poolside. A special mention to Tom McGee that could not swim due to illness, but worked hard at keeping a record of our success.

WELL DONE TEAM.

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