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Return to swimming update

posted 4 Jul 2020, 03:05 by Pete Hardy

Hi All, on Thursday I attended a risk assessment with DCLT staff  and have to let you know things will be very different until the Covid-19 threat has gone. No parents in leisure centre, swimmers come ready and wait outside, no showers and a quick towel down but no changing facilities after swimming. Poolside will also be different with strict social distancing, 3 lanes, restricted numbers in the water and on poolside. This won't be easy but we can make this work with your help and patience.

Phased Return To Swimming

posted 3 Jul 2020, 12:03 by Pete Hardy   [ updated 3 Jul 2020, 12:04 ]

We are looking forward to a phased approach to getting swimmers back into the pool very soon – fingers crossed mid August. To help plan session times based on water time provided by DCLT we need to find out how many swimmers will be returning and ask a few health related questions required by Swim England to ensure all swimmers, coaches, and volunteers are kept safe.

Please complete the following questionnaire if you are training as a competitive swimmer or in the pre speed section by no later than Friday 17th July, it should only take a few minutes. 

Thank you.

Club Closure - Coronavirus

posted 17 Mar 2020, 03:55 by Pete Hardy

At last nights committee meeting the decision was taken to close all club activities until further notice following the Governments advice re travel and non essential contact. The gala at Scunthorpe has been cancelled, the Doncaster Cup and BML fixture have also been postponed. For Friday night members who pay by direct debit I have asked DCLT to suspend payments with immediate effect. Members who pay by Standing Order (that's all pre speed and speed sections) should cancel their payment until further notice. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page or this website for further information. 
Please stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all again later in the year.

Callum Broadhead gets 4 Gold medals and a Silver in English Schools Championship

posted 6 Mar 2020, 05:58 by Pete Hardy   [ updated 6 Mar 2020, 06:33 by Lily and Luke Playz ]

English Schools Glory for North East

29 Feb 2020: The extra day of February saw a rare opportunity for our battling young duo to take the fight to the best swimmers in England. Luke Gilliver (Drn) and Callum Broadhead (Arm) were brought together with three other Year 8 boys from the North East Region for the 70th English Schools divisional championships.

With the Eight English regions sending their best swimmers for two days of long course racing at Ponds Forge the scene was set for some exceptionally fast swimming and some pre “qualifying window” racing. The opportunity for Callum and Luke to race not just as a team but also against the very best swimmers they will face if they qualify for nationals was good experience going forward.

Callum started off the junior boys (Y7/Y8) events on the Saturday with a Gold in the 100m Freestyle in a time of 57.82 placing him more than a second clear at the top of the GB rankings! The challenge will be topping the Dartes 13yr old rankings and overhauling a Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) record set at a blistering 55.88s back in 2012.

Luke continued the strong start for the North East Junior Boys team with a hard fought Silver in the 200m Backstroke in a time of 2:26.27. Only slightly outside his Gold winning time achieved at the Yorkshire Championships earlier in the month.

Callum took the opportunity for a second Gold in the 100m Butterfly on the Saturday with a time of 1:04.13. Showing the strength of Dartes boys over the years, that impressive Gold medal doesn’t even make the top six on the club's 13 year olds rankings (he does have another 10 months to go).

Kate Both boys continued the weekend strongly with Gold in both the 4x100m Freestyle and 4x100m Medley teams. Callum also secured Silver in the 100m Backstroke on Sunday. Luke also came out strongly on the Sunday in the 200m IM, but the strength of the competition on the Breaststroke leg was too much for even him to hold off. He secured a highly respectable 5th place against swimmers that now sit in the top 7 of the GB rankings.

Both boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience and their first chaperone/overnight meet, despite only being in Sheffield. They helped the North East Junior Boys team become national team winners as well as helping the North East retain the overall team title.

Big well done from all at Armthorpe.

BML Round 2 at Scunthorpe

posted 1 Mar 2020, 10:12 by Pete Hardy

Round 2 was held in a very hot Riddings Pool at Scunthorpe. The chief coach of Scunthorpe welcomed me by saying he had put out his strongest possible team - and it showed. They were in front from the start and never looked like being caught with Armthorpe in 2nd place some 56 points behind. I thought we put in a very workmanlike performance although we do need to do a bit of work on the finish of races.  Having said that I was very pleased with 2nd place which gives us 7 points clear of Wakefield and 46 in front of Adwick. It was the boys that caught my attention yesterday. Harvey, as our senior swimmer led from the front getting a 1st place and two 2nd places whilst Nick got two 1st places and one 2nd place. My thanks to Nick and Cole (both already swimming up a year in the 14 year age group) for swimming in the Open Men's relay teams as well as their own age group because we were desperately short of older swimmers. Well done to the 10 year old boys team for getting two 2nd places in the relays and the girls 14 year old team for getting two 1st places in the relays. Meagan Whites 50 breast stroke was very impressive coming home in 1st place.  Well done to everyone who swam yesterday. 
The 3rd round of the BML is on May 17 at Adwick who I am sure will put out a strong team.
Final points were : Scunthorpe - 171   Armthorpe - 115   Wakefield - 108   Adwick - 97
For individual times please see attached document

BML Round 1 Gala at Armthorpe

posted 17 Feb 2020, 04:24 by Pete Hardy   [ updated 17 Feb 2020, 09:32 ]

Our 1st gala of the year took place yesterday, Sunday 16 February at packed out Armthorpe Leisure Centre. To say that there was plenty of atmosphere would be a big understatement. This was a high level and very competitive gala with many great swims and close finishes.  Scunthorpe were the superior team having just come down from Division 1 but the other 3 teams competing well with Wakefield and Armthorpe extremely close all afternoon and finishing with the same number of points. As this was our first gala of the season we had several people doing jobs that were new to them but you would have never have known it and I got several comments about how well run the gala went. Our swimmers performed very well and we didn't have a dq all afternoon which certainly helped our scoreline with all the other clubs getting some disqualifications. Our swimming discipline earned us extra points so a big well done to all our swimmers. For our 10 year old teams which included two swimmers from our Pre speed section (James Ellis and Eleanor Idle-Crane) it was their first taste of a league gala with crowds of noisy supporters and I was very pleased with how they all handled the situation. Brooke Dickinson became the first 10 year old to win a Individual race whilst the 10 year old boys team won both their relay races. We won 11 races out of 49 and there will certainly be many pbs. My swimmer of the afternoon was Ashton Stones. Ashton in his first major gala swam 3 individual races coming 2nd each time and helped the 10 year old boys to two first places in the relays. Very well done Ashton. Incidently, I got a comment from one of the other clubs complimenting us on our young swimmers.  As far as I am concerned this was an  excellent disciplined team performance which I was very pleased with. The next BML is at Scunthorpe on Saturday 29 February so lets be ready for another close encounter.   
Final Scores were:  Adwick   96     Scunthorpe   140      Wakefield  124     Armthorpe  124

Sharks Medal Night

posted 17 Dec 2019, 04:00 by Pete Hardy

On Friday 14 December we held a Medal Night for our Sharks swimmers. Each swimmer swam 25mtrs of each stroke and the times are attached below. After their swims everyone received a medal. There were many very good times so a big well done to all who took part. At this event the Club recognised the help freely given by some of our senior swimmers to run our Friday night sessions and also had to say goodbye to Clive who has been running Sharks along with myself for the last 5 years. You will be sadly missed but thank you for everything you have done for us. 
Pete and Clive
Pete and Clive
Clive with our  young Coaches

How do you compare?

posted 30 Nov 2019, 10:48 by Clive Greenhalgh

We enter you in galas, you swim - sometimes win medals and sometimes achieve personal bests.  All this data is collected by the coaching team and stored in our performance database.  You know how well you have done in relation to your best times but how do you compare against the rest of the country?

The attached file shows you where you are in compared to other swimmers.

AAA time is a national time
AA time is a regional time (for us that is the North-East Region)
A time is a county time (Yorkshire)
B time is a town time
C time is a club level time

You will see that there are the five strokes and two distance 50m and 100m for free, back, breast and fly as well as 100m and 200m for IM.

For each stroke / distance you will have a grade and how close you are to the next level.  The algorithm then counts up the number of times at your best level, if you have 3 or more at the best level then this is your level.

Schofield Weekend 23/24 November 2019

posted 25 Nov 2019, 03:49 by Pete Hardy   [ updated 30 Nov 2019, 10:39 by Clive Greenhalgh ]

This year we tried a new format for the championships by splitting the pre-speed swimmers from the older competitive swimmers. On Saturday it was the Juniors who had an age range of 6 - 9 yrs. There were a lot of very good swims but I have picked out my two best ones - firstly James Ellis one length front crawl in a time of 21.31 an exceptional time for a 7 year old. Secondly, Eleanor Idle-Crane in back stroke with a time of 24.32 and at 8 years old was the second fastest out of all swimmers. A big well done to James and Eleanor. It was very pleasing to see that all the swimmers had good starts and everyone finished at the end of the pool. I thought that the gala ran very well my thanks to some of our swimmers who time kept and helped out on the day and also parents who were doing something new in helping to run the gala. All finished by 5 p.m. and hopefully happy swimmers and parents.

The Senior Championship ran like clockwork so my thanks to everyone involved it was over quicker than I thought and as on Saturday there were some great times and close finishes. It was very nice to see the DARTES swimmers who managed to make it along with Vikram an ex swimmer of the club who has moved to the Isle of Man but wanted to come back as a guest swimmer. For the first time in many years we had two age groups where the overall points were shared - 9 year old girls and the open girls.

I have attached times and positions from both days. Please remember the Presentation and Party Night on Saturday 7 December at the Armthorpe Community Centre.

Friday Night Sharks Swimming Gala

posted 1 Nov 2019, 13:25 by Clive Greenhalgh   [ updated 1 Nov 2019, 16:20 ]

By popular request the club will be running the Friday Night Level 5 gala at Armthorpe Leisure Centre on Friday 13th December.

To ensure that we can start the races by 18:30 we would ask for all swimmers from both sessions to be at the pool by 18:00 for registration - the sooner everyone is there the sooner we can start.

A flyer with all the usual information will be distributed from Friday 8th November.

If you have any questions then do not hesitate to ask Clive or Pete.

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