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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.

Armthorpe win Doncaster Cup

posted 6 Oct 2019, 10:24 by Pete Hardy   [ updated 1 Nov 2019, 16:22 by Clive Greenhalgh ]

In 2018 we were runners up and in 2019 we became champions and winners of the Doncaster Cup after an exciting gala against a strong Edlington team who had already beaten Scunthorpe and Adwick to reach the final. There were many great swims and also a lot of really close finishes (glad I wasn't a judge). In the end we ran out winners the scores being Armthorpe 59 and Edlington 48 points. Many thanks to the swimmers who came straight from a training session at DARTES and swam really well. Nick Honeybone is well worth a special mention because not only had he come straight from training but also swam 10 races in the 12 and 14 year old age groups. Check out your times because for sure there will be a lot of pb's.
As the club competitive season for 2019 comes to a close we can reflect on a great year - winners of the Doncaster Cup and Barnsley League Division 2 Champions so a huge well done to all our swimmers and thank you for making the year special.
Individual times are attached 

BML Armthorpe Division 2 Champions

posted 24 Sep 2019, 08:14 by Pete Hardy   [ updated 1 Nov 2019, 16:26 by Clive Greenhalgh ]

I should have come away from Wakefield this Sunday feeling great but instead I came away a little disappointed. Firstly the electronic timing didn't work properly and this made following the gala very difficult for spectators and poolside staff and secondly and more important to me were the 2 DQ's we got. A flyer in the girls 12 year Free relay team which we won by a mile - why take the risk girls!! and a faulty backstroke turn in the individual races. I am already planning for the Doncaster Cup Final on the 6 October and we definitely cannot afford to have any DQ's   at that gala. Having got that of my chest there were a lot of very good swims which I am sure will result in many PB's. Cole Thompson and Nick Honeybone impressed me as they were consistently fast even though they were covering both the 12 and 14 year old age groups. By far the youngest and smallest swimmer there was Lauren Wood who got a great PB for her Frontcrawl of 20.45 - well done Lauren. Finally at the end of the 4 rounds the final points totals were:  Armthorpe 602    Adwick 543   Wakefield 416    Chapletown  368. 
Armthorpe 2019 Champions of Division 2    -   so a big well done to everyone who swam during the year a great achievement - BUT I want to win the Doncaster Cup so be ready.  

Armthorpe through to Doncaster Cup Final

posted 1 Jul 2019, 04:06 by Pete Hardy

At yesterdays semi final our opposition was Dearne Valley who brought a good team. There were many tight races and lots of really good swims which will mean lots of pb's so well done to everyone. The Doncaster Cup is a squad event and I was particularly pleased with the performance of our less experienced swimmers.  The swim of the day for me was Eleanor Lakins 50 free to just win the 50 medley relay in a brilliant time of 30.81 which was a huge pb. We will have to wait and see who we swim in the final but it will be either Edlimgton or Scunthorpe. My thanks to everyone who helped set up and run the gala and even allowing for the faulty lane rope I thought it went of well.
The final score was Dearne Valley - 42  Armthorpe - 66
Individual times and splits are shown below

Barnsley League Round 3 at Chapletown

posted 6 May 2019, 09:08 by Pete Hardy

Saturday 27 April Armthorpe went to Chapletown for this round of the BML. This new pool unfortunately had poor spectator space and because of the depth of the water in the shallow end of the pool all swimmers had to start in the water from that end of the pool. This means that if you are looking at the attached times do not be disheartened if you were 2nd or 4th swimmers in the relays or were a boy in the cannon because all these swimmers had to start in the water therefore meaning PB's were out of the question. This was a much closer gala than the previous ones because Adwick brought a much stronger team. We had no dq's and Adwick had one so again a disciplined approach to the relays so well done to everyone. It was nice to see Vlad and Thomas winning races in the 10 year old races and once Helena has checked all the times out I am sure there will be many pb's. A very solid performance from everyone so well done.
Result was:
Chapletown  -87     Armthorpe  - 155     Adwick  -  150     Wakefield  -  93
The final gala will be at Wakefield on Sunday 7 July.  This will be a tough one because we already have several key swimmers who are not available. We have built up a decent points lead so it will be a case of hanging in there and doing our best. We can be League 2 champions so lets go for it.

Armthorpe and Rosington Trophy Gala

posted 2 May 2019, 04:21 by Pete Hardy

This annual event took place on Sunday 28 April at Armthorpe. I tried to give as many swimmers as possible the chance to compete and I was very pleased with how they performed. It was a first relay gala for a number of our younger swimmers and gave me the opportunity to see what they could do sometimes on strokes they would not normally do. Our competition came from Edlington whose team is steadily getting stronger, Rossington and South Axholme. There will be many PB's out of this gala so have a good look and see how you did. My apologies to Meagan and Lizzy as I missed getting their times in event 16.
The result of the gala was:  Rossington  65    Armthorpe  134   Edlington  72  South Axholme  57
A good gala so well done to all swimmers

Barnsley League Round 3 at Chapletown

posted 2 May 2019, 04:09 by Pete Hardy

Another good performance and another win but it was a lot closer this time as Adwick did field a much stronger team and Armthorpe finished with a   winning margin of just 5 points. Although we a currently leading our division we know that the final leg will be very difficult as we will have many swimmers unavailable. With regard to this gala again we managed to have no DQ's so well done everyone. We have not yet received the results from Chapletown but as we have the split times I have attached them below. 

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