Luton Level One Meet April 2018!

DSC promoted and attended the Luton Level One Meet that took place at Inspire in Luton over the weekend of 14 and 15 April 2018.  As this was a level one licensed gala, all swimmers were at an extremely high level, and this showed by the accepted and rejected entries seen online beforehand! This was a very important meet to attend, as not only was it the last chance to grab a regional qualifying time for the 14’s and under’s, but also those in the national window for qualifying times needed to attend as well.

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Splash Night 1 – March 2018!

DSC held their first Splash night of the year on Saturday 24 March 2018 at St Albans School.  It was a brilliant gala in so many ways right from the organisation, the venue, the fundraising and to the swimmers themselves who swam out of their skins and achieved some excellent new PB’s particularly our Academy Squads.  

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Chiltern League Round 2 – 2018

DSC continued their Chiltern League campaign in Round 2 with a 5th place position overall! Held at the Tiddenfoot Pool in Leighton Buzzard – the gala took place on Saturday 17th March 2018. 

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Central Beds Swim Squad Open Meet – March 2018!

DSC recently competed at the CBSS Open Meet that took place at the Biggleswade Pool over the weekend of 10 and 11 March 2018.  This was a level 2 meet, so the competition was very high.  Quite a large squad from DSC were able to attend that had the necessary fast qualifying times to compete.  A successful weekend for many with further PB’s, medals and RQT’s accomplished.

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Watford Regional Qualifier!

DSC recently competed at the Watford Regional Qualifier that took place on the weekend of 3 and 4 March 2018 at the Woodside Leisure Centre in Watford.  This was a level 3 meet, which meant that any regional qualifying times swum would count in regionals later on in the year – an important meet for our swimmers! This is a long weekend of swimming, but DSC performed brilliantly as our results show….

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Chiltern League Round 1 – 2018!

DSC started their Chiltern League campaign with a 5th place position overall! Held at the Tiddenfoot Pool in Leighton Buzzard on Saturday 24th February 2018, this was largely a group of new DSC swimmers to the Chiltern League Competition especially the 10yr old age group – so a nervous 1st round for them.

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Bedfordshire County Championships 2018!

DSC began their county champs campaign 2018 in great style this weekend.  The championships commenced on 26 January and was held over two weekends long course at Inspire in Luton.  The Friday night started with the long distance races. 800m Freestyle for the girls and 1500m for the boys.  DSC competed in epic style and were immediately on the medal board with a sensational swim from Kieran Murray gaining a silver medal.  As introduced last year 50m and 100m races all have finals with the top 8 swimmers racing again.  200m races upwards find a winner in the various age category heats straight away.  DSC managed lots of finals, medaled in most of these, PB’d, gained new Regional Qualification Times in some, and cemented the club as the strongest in Central Bedfordshire coming 4th overall on points!

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Aylesbury Christmas Relay Gala 2017!

DSC were invited to Aylesbury’s Christmas Relay Gala on Saturday 16 December 2017.  Always a terrific gala to end the swimming year, as it remains highly competitive, but also bags of fun with festive music and lots of silly hats! Held at the Aqua Vale pool in Aylesbury, 6 teams competed on the night – DSC being fabulous as usual with tenths of seconds separating races many times and overall gaining a 2nd place position.

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National Arena League – Rd 3 2017!

Dunstable Swimming Club got the 3rd leg of the National Arena League 2017 off to a fantastic start with a great 5th place position in their West Midlands Division 2 gala following promotion in 2016.  Held in Tamworth Staffordshire on 9th December 2017, DSC swimmers were on good form despite another long journey on a coach.  

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Splash Night 4 – November 2017!

DSC’s last Splash Night of 2017 was a terrific event, well attended and tremendously competitive. Held at the Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre on 25th November 2017, our swimmers competed in the 50m and 100m events only. This last Splash also had an extra very exciting dimension to it, in the shape of an IM skins. In order to qualify competitors had to swim the 50m freestyle event, and the fastest 6 swimmers went through to the IM skins final. The stroke swum was picked randomly and a different one was picked through each elimination round. To get the eventual winner, swims had to show not just speed and technical skill but also huge stamina to get to the final round. Sam Mead and Rhianne Carrick were the eventual winners showing immense determination and resilience – well done to you both.

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Enfield County Qualifier Nov 2017!

DSC recently competed in Enfield at their county qualifier at the Southbury Road Leisure Centre over the weekend of 18 and 19 November 2017. A new Open Meet for DSC, but one which brought huge success and some regional qualifying times – so early in the season! Well done to everyone that competed, and for all the new PB’s, club records, RQT’s and CQT’s!

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National Arena League Rd 2 2017

Dunstable Swimming Club got the 2nd leg of the National Arena League 2017 off to a fantastic start with a great 4th place position in their West Midlands Division 2 gala following promotion in 2016.  Held at the brand new Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester on 11th November 2017, DSC swimmers were on good form despite the long journey on a coach.  Special mention goes to the 13 Year old Girls on the night, as many swam 5 races or more and each made an outstanding contribution.

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ASA East Winter Regionals 2017!

ASA East Winter Regionals 2017 took place from the 3rd to 5th November 2017. Held at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich – an amazing weekend of top class competitive swimming, where four of our fantastic DSC swimmers qualified. Difficult enough to qualify with exceptionally fast times needed, our fabulous four did the club proud with some outstanding swims, some fabulous new PB’s and winning their heats in quite a few cases. Our swimmers were Michael Judd, William Richards, Michael Flanagan and Maia Morgan. Well done to all of them on their superb swimming this weekend, and to all of the DSC coaches and parents who helped get them there….

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Flitwick Open October 2017!

A large DSC squad recently competed at the Flitwick Open held at the Biggleswade Leisure Centre over the weekend of 21 and 22 October 2017. DSC really shone at this meet boasting 24 gold medals, 19 silver medals and 30 bronze medals.  Gaining so many medals meant that DSC came 3rd overall in the results table for visiting clubs – tremendous achievement! The swimmers also enjoyed gaining new PB’s that will set them up well for County Championships in January 2018.  For competitors like Michael Judd aged 19 a fantastic chance to nail a couple of Summer Regional Times early –  he did do just that with some phenomenal swims! Read on for some fantastic results for DSC….

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National Arena League Rd 1 2017

Dunstable Swimming Club got the 1st leg of the National Arena League 2017 off to a fantastic start with a great 5th place position in their West Midlands Division 2 gala following promotion in 2016.  Held at the Droitwich Leisure Centre on 14th October 2017, DSC swimmers were on good form.  Swimming against some really excellent teams, this was a massive step up for DSC, but they worked hard all evening and all produced some excellent results.

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Long Distance Splash & National Inter-Counties!

Some of DSC’s super swimmers embarked on a long distance splash on Saturday 7th October 2017 at the Flitwick Leisure Centre. For some, this was their first long distance officiated swim, for others they were looking to refresh times and PB or were aiming to achieve times good enough to take to counties in January 2018. The girls swam 800m freestyle events, 32 lengths of the pool and the boys swam the 1500m freestyle, 60 lengths of the pool! Everyone swam terrifically well on the night and really showed their skills, stamina and endurance in this event. For full results read on… Meanwhile 4 of DSC’s swimmers Will Richards, Walter Hackett, Ollie Ellison and Jessica Kefford were selected to swim for Bedfordshire at the National Inter-Counties in Sheffield. A huge stage for them and they did not disappoint, bringing home new PB’s and helping to ensure that Bedfordshire achieved the highest points on the table since 2010! For further details read on….

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Splash 3 – September 2017

Held on 30th September 2017 at the Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, DSC competed with fantastic results.  Many brand new swimmers to the club, gaining new personal bests.  Dunstable Swimming Club would like to thank all the officials and volunteers for helping make another successful meet. Over the same weekend we also had DSC’s breaststroker Maia Morgan in action at the K2 long course in Crawley, producing some blistering results. Also three of our swimmers Jessica Kefford, Isabella Porzio and Sam Mead were at the Golden Eagle Meet hosted by Modernians SC but held at Bletchley on the same weekend. They too did phenomenally well. 

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Team Luton Autumn Short Course Meet 2017

A small group of DSC swimmers recently competed at the Team Luton autumn short course meet over the weekend of 23 and 24 September 2017. Spectators looking on within DSC were really impressed, as the team attended to enable them to grab county, winter regional times, and even summer regional times for next year, and they did not disappoint – they did just that!

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Bee Allen Gala – 2017!

DSC have recently competed for the Bee Allen Cup that was hosted by Dunstable but held at the Stantonbury Leisure Centre in Milton Keynes on Saturday 16th September 2017.  Bee Allen was of course a great coach herself teaching well over a 1000 swimmers in Dunstable, so the gala is always one that the swimmers enjoy and put maximum effort into.  

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Junior League Round 3 – 2017

DSC continued their Junior League campaign in earnest at the Milton Keynes & District Junior Swimming League competition at the Hemel Hempstead Pool on 9 September 2017.   Experience of the 1st and 2nd rounds definitely paid off for our less experienced junior’s, as we achieved a very respectable 4th place position overall, in a very competitive environment in a higher league.  This final round was a massive ask on the youngsters, as it was the first gala back after the long summer break, and the teams that competed were of an extremely high calibre.  Really very well done to all that competed.

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DSC’s 2017 Summer Round-UP!

The end of the summer has been incredibly busy for DSC’s athletes as they have travelled all over the UK competing in long distance, open water, Aquathlons and walks with some fantastic results.  August is historically a wind down month, where training in the pool still takes place but the competition period has finished.  However, DSC’s swimmers never allow the grass to grow under their feet, and instead made the most of their skills and competed very successfully on many levels…

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DSC’s Walter Hackett Awesome at Summer Nationals!

Having claimed the top 14-year-old swimmer award at the Beds County Championships in February, Walter then won gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke, plus silver in the 50m event at the East Region Championships in Norwich in May.  

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Club Championships Gala 2, 2017!

The second and final gala for DSC’s Club Championships took place on Saturday 15th July, again at the Flitwick Leisure Centre. This gala concentrated on butterfly, freestyle and backstroke. Once again the swimmers did not disappoint, and achieved some really great new PB’s, club records and took away many medals and trophies. Well done to all the swimmers that took part in DSC’s club championships 2017.

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Scottish Nationals and Open Water Champs 2017!

Three of DSC’s fantastic swimmers have a lot to be proud about over the last few weeks.  DSC’s senior swimmer Alex Neeson qualified at Scottish Regionals to swim at Scottish Nationals and fly the flag for DSC.  Alex swam brilliantly in Edinburgh and qualified for the finals. Further details in this report.  Then Alex, Callum Shepherd and Isabella Porzio travelled to the East Region Open Water Championships in Norfolk to compete there with further amazing results….

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Club Championships Gala 1 2017.

DSC began it’s new format club championships on Saturday 8th July in earnest with a very exciting gala, where as usual DSC swimmers compete against each other collecting points as they race, to find the overall winner at the end in each age category. This year DSC’s club champs are very different, in that for the first time they are not being held at the Dunstable pool, but the Flitwick Leisure Centre instead. The champs are also over 2 weekends, instead of the historical 3. Our swimmers seemed to enjoy competing together in a new pool environment, and there were some fantastic new pb’s to enjoy and many medals/trophies won.

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Junior League Rd 2 – 2017

DSC continued their Junior League campaign in earnest at the Milton Keynes & District Junior Swimming League competition at the Hemel Hempstead Pool on 1 July 2017.   Experience of the 1st round definitely paid off for our less experienced junior’s, as this time DSC achieved a very convincing 3rd place position overall, in a very competitive environment in a higher league.

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Terry Davies Watford Open June 2017!

DSC recently visited the Watford Leisure Centre, and competed in the Terry Davis Watford Open over the weekend of 17 and 18 June 2017. The Watford Opens have become essential galas’s for DSC, not only because of the excellent competition but also because this is a fast pool and our swimmers always achieve excellent results here. This weekend was no exception. Despite the punishing heat poolside, the swimmers all competed brilliantly and there were many new PB’s, podium finishes and new club records broken. (Read more…)

Jnr League Round 1 & John Honey Cup!

DSC began their Junior League in earnest at the Milton Keynes & District Junior Swimming League competition at the Hemel Hempstead Pool on 3 June 2017.   It was safe to say from the outset, that this would be a much more difficult league table to compete in, as of course DSC were promoted following last years competition.  Coming in in 4th place, the swimmers gave it their best shot.  The following weekend DSC competed at the John Honey Gala with outstanding results.  Our more seasoned swimmers were involved, and bagged themselves a very respectable 2nd place.

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Regionals Weekends – Seniors and Juniors!

Finally May 2017 arrived and it finds DSC’s senior regional qualifiers and junior regional qualifiers meet on two bank holiday weekends, to battle it out in 50m pools against other competitors, from right across the East region.  The first weekend was held at Luton’s Inspire pool on the weekend of 29th, 30th April and 1st May. The second weekend was held at the UEA SportsPark in Norwich, over the weekend 27th – 29th May 2017.

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