The who squad was raring to go and just as we did at the first gala, we started off wit ha record breaking performance and a boat load of points from Millie Colbear and the 9 year old girls in the 9 years 50m backstroke. Millie and Gill were both faster than the boys 9 years winner too!!
Other highlights included Alex Pollard and Jamie Clarke finishing off their clean sweep of all 5 events to become undefeated champions while the girls in the 14 years age group (Caitlin and Heidi representing Armthorpe) had some great battles in their events, each of them picking up a victory.
The 'big boys' continued their relentless assault on the 100m freestyle with Torin, Jack and Sean picking up 2nd, 3th and 6th respectively. Who would have thought that a year ago both Jack and Torin would get out after swimming 58 in the 100 free and say 'it was all-right, nothing special'!!
A couple of our 11 year olds who've only been with the club a short time showed that they are doing a great job of catching up with the others in their age group. Both Ellie Carr and Georgia Baker dropped over 30 seconds off their PB's in the 100IM! Are you girls sure you didn't just miss a length out!?
So all in all, another successful METS Championships for Armthorpe. 24 individual champions, over 100 PB's and a fair few laughs along the way. Thanks again to all the Team Managers, Coaches and Officials who gave up their afternoons to make the gala a good one.
The closing note/question I'd like to pose is one to all the Doncaster clubs who aren't called Adwick or Armthorpe - what can we (the bigger clubs) do to help increase the numbers at this gala in the future? Together the 2 big clubs had 67% of all entries and I don't believe that we have 67% of all swimmers in Doncaster. Swimming in this town is in a good position right now and that should be reflected in the strength and depth of the Doncaster Championships. If any coaches, committee members, swimmers, parents or 'friends of swimming' have any suggestions please e-mail me and maybe we can kick off some kind of dialogue. ArmthorpeASC@gmail.com
Undefeated Champions (won all 5 events)
Millie Colbear 9 years (also claimed 3 new Championship records)
Alex Pollard 12 years
Jamie Clarke - 15 years
Top Boy/Girl (scored most points over the 2 galas)
Millie Colbear, 9 year
Alex Pollard, 12 years
Jarvis Parkinson, 13 years
Heidi Smith, 14 years
Jamie Clarke, 15 years
Torin Wilson, 16 & Over
Millie Colbear - 9 years fly, back, breast, free, IM
Jack Durose - 9 years breast
Mitchell Burton - 10 years back
Harvey Williamson 10 years IM
Alex Pollard - 12 years fly, back, breast, free, IM
Jarvis Parkinson - 13 years fly, back, breast, free
Dale Marshbank - 14 years back
Caitlin Dixon - 14 years fly
Heidi Smith - 14 years IM
Jamie Clarke fly, back, breast, free, IM
25 Champions in Total