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Barnsley League Round 2 Another good win for Armthorpe

posted 1 Apr 2019, 04:57 by Pete Hardy

Sunday 31 March and Round 2 of the Barnsley League in a hot and very noisy Armthorpe Leisure Centre. The atmosphere was electric all afternoon but reached fever pitch when in the last race (a cannon with double points at stake) Armthorpe were just pipped at the post by Wakefield. As for the overall result Armthorpe again ran out as winners by 28 points from Adwick.  Again there were many brilliant swims and close finishes. Armthorpes finishing has improved this year and it is paying dividends as we snatch the extra point by finishing strongly. No DQ's in this gala for us so a big well done to all swimmers for showing good control. Overall there were 11 disqualifications and it does make a huge difference to the final score. My swimmers of the day were Nick Honeybone who came to the gala directly from training at DARTES and then did 11 swims without one word of complaint so thank you Nick. Also the hugely impressive performance from Millie Colbear who showed us grace, power and points it was a pleasure to watch. The 10 year olds competed well, got themselves some pb's and points for the team. The "old man" of the team Richard Ellis declared himself a bit old for 50 Fly but still did a 30.54 and  Joseph Greenhalgh continued to defy the odds by recording a very impressive 26.71 for 50 Free.  
Our guest Referee who is a national referee had a word with me at the end and complimented the club for its good organisation and running of the gala. That was very pleasing and anyone who had anything to do with setting up or running of the gala should take pride in knowing that their efforts were noted and appreciated so BIG well done to all.
The times are attached and the final result was:
Chapletown  93     Armthorpe  160     Adwick  132    Wakefield  92

Round 3 is at Chapletown on Saturday 27 April warm up 2.30

Doncaster Cup - Armthorpe safely through to next round

posted 25 Mar 2019, 03:48 by Pete Hardy

A very good and solid performance by our swimmers yesterday against Askern Spa. All the times are on the attachment and there will be a lot of PB's and NO DQ's which is very good. A special mention to parents who agreed to officiate yesterday as many of them were doing jobs for the first time. The gala ran very well under the guidance of our 3 senior officials, Rob, Clive and Ian so a big thank you  to all. A very successful afternoon all round.
Final result was :  Armthorpe  67   Askern Spa  41

Barnsley League Round 1 at Adwick 16 March 2019

posted 17 Mar 2019, 04:44 by Pete Hardy   [ updated 17 Mar 2019, 04:51 ]

At the first gala of the BML you are never sure what strength the other teams are going to field but I am pleased to say Armthorpe got it right with a winning performance at Adwick last night. Big well done to all swimmers young and not so young - lots of PB's and really close finishes to thrill the spectators. Many of our 10 year olds were competing for the first time and managed to hold their nerve and swim some good times. Our youngest swim Lauren Wood had us all on the edge of our seats in the 10 year girls relay as she was the last swimmer going in with a lead and the Adwick swimmer catching her up with Lauren just getting the touch to win the race. A special mention to our pocket sized cheerleader Grace Burton who came on poolside even though she wasn't swimming to support the team. A big feature last year was the team spirit on poolside and I was very pleased to see it was still there. On the negative side we had too many DQ's so we must cut them out for future galas. Overall, a winning margin of 30 represents a good result. Swimmers times are in the attached file and on the notice board at Armthorpe. Keep an eye out for the next BML team sheet which will be swum at Armthorpe on Sunday 31 March

Result:  Wakefield  107      Adwick  119      Armthorpe  149      Chapletown  104


posted 4 Mar 2019, 04:59 by Pete Hardy   [ updated 6 Mar 2019, 09:34 ]

A very good day at Adwick for all those swimmers who entered the Dartes March Sprints. An incredible number of pbs. For some swimmers it was their first major event and after they got over their nerves all performed very well with some excellent times. Many thanks to our Team Managers who made sure everyone was ok. For our new competitive swimmers you can see the full results on www.openmeets.co.uk  just click on the DARTES March Sprints banner and then results.
ps Armthorpe times/pbs shown on file below

Speed 2 - bungee training

posted 16 Feb 2019, 04:27 by Clive Greenhalgh   [ updated 24 Feb 2019, 04:54 ]

Variety is ........
 the spice of life they say - well ask our senior swimmers; we have been working on their speed, stamina and technique over the past month and have employed a number of different methods to keep them engaged as well as hitting all the targets that have been set by the coaches.

On Saturday 9th February we got out the bungee cords which allow swimmers to work against the resistance and challenge themselves to reach the end of the pool.

It is an activity that the swimmers really enjoy and they always step up to the challenge - grabbing the end of the pool after 30 seconds of hard swimming is such an achievement.

Friday Night - 20 minute challenge - 08/02/2019

posted 16 Feb 2019, 04:18 by Clive Greenhalgh   [ updated 16 Feb 2019, 04:19 ]

We continue to test our friday night swimmers and it is so fulfilling to hear them all ask when we are next doing the 20 minute challenge.

We started this activity over a year ago and its inclusion has added an extra dimension to the friday sessions as we allow the swimmers to put their stamina under the microscope alongside the technique we teach them every week.

On this occasion the following swimmers made the biggest improvement:

Jessica in the first session
Liam in the second session

Well done you two and congratulations to everyone who took part.

Friday Night Xmas Gala 2018

posted 7 Dec 2018, 15:07 by Clive Greenhalgh   [ updated 7 Dec 2018, 15:10 ]

Our sharks work hard all year round and they know that the coaches expect the same from them as we do from our more senior swimmers.  We work on technique, stamina, speed and skills during our sessions; we also have a lot of fun.

Tonight was an opportunity for our swimmers to put their training into practice with a friendly individual gala with our nearest neighbours, Rossington.

We had a mini-IM (12.5m of each stroke) to start with followed by a 25m Breaststroke and finally a 25m freestyle - some of our swimmers had never done a gala before but they did us proud with great swims, great attitude and superb team morale.

We'd like to say well done to all our swimmers and many thanks to our volunteers for making this event run so smoothly.

Every swimmer came away with a medal so we are so proud - great work kids.

The results are attached below :)

Doncaster Cup Final

posted 3 Dec 2018, 08:14 by Pete Hardy

This final took place at Adwick on December 1. Adwick had their strongest under 14 team out and were the better team on the day. I think that we did well to get to the final and even though we were getting beaten the Armthorpe swimmers gave their best and no one can ask for more. There were many pb's and I have attached the official times below. We have missed 2 times, sorry Lizzy and Ben. This was the gala Maureen and I missed but we needn't have worried as many parents came to the rescue so my thanks to them. This is our last gala of the year and as I said on our presentation nught we have had a very successful year so well done to everyone who has represented the club this year and roll on 2019.

Schofields 2018

posted 18 Nov 2018, 03:52 by Pete Hardy


The 2nd of our club championships was completed yesterday. As with the first one their were many good swims, pb's, Yorkshire qualifying times and three club records. A very big well done to Nicholas Honeybone  11 yrs Boys 50m Breastroke 40.29
and to Callum Broadhead 11 yrs Boys 50m Backstroke 33.81 and Freestyle  50m in a time of 29.70 brilliant swims from both boys.
Many thanks to our legion of helpers without whom the event would not run. The times have been submitted to the ASA but are shown in the results files below.


posted 16 Nov 2018, 06:57 by Pete Hardy

Armthorpe Swimming Club will close for the Christmas break as follows:
The last day of training/lessons will be Saturday 22 December 2018
The first session back will be Saturday 5 January 2019
There will be NO competitive training or Friday lessons during this closure period.

A reminder - don't forget the Presentation/Party Night of Saturday 1 December at Armthorpe Community Centre 7.15 start.

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