Splash Night 1 – 2019!
A fantastic start to DSC’s first Splash night of this new year! 70 competitors were ready to swim as fast as they could on the evening of 9 February 2019 at St Albans School. Designed to be a junior splash for Academy/Development swimmers to shine, the event also attracted athletes in the higher sprint squads/performance, who became mentors to the younger ones. A tremendous £267.00 was also raised through the door and raffle. As always DSC thank all it’s coaches, officials, volunteers and parents for their brilliant support with our internal events.
Double Gold for DSC’s Women’s Relay Team!
2019 Bedfordshire County Championships commenced with a ‘BOOM’ for DSC from the outset! Running over 3 weekends from 18th January through to the 3rd February, it began with the gruelling 1500m and 800m freestyle events which long course at Inspire Luton – takes huge stamina, fitness and concentration! Not to disappoint, DSC immediately medalled with a stunning silver from Kieran Murray in the 1500m freestyle with a huge pb and almost a week later on 25th January a brilliant bronze from Millie Dudley in the 800m freestyle again with another fantastic pb. This success was to set the stage for the rest of DSC’s championships.
Walter’s Winter (Nationals) Wonderland Dec 2018
Dunstable Swimming Club’s captain, Walter Hackett, stepped up to the big stage at Swim England’s Winter National Championships in Sheffield’s Pond’s Forge International Sports Centre last weekend. The 15 year old, who in the summer became a triple Gold Medallist at the East Region Championships, qualified for all three distances in backstroke at the national competition.
Aylesbury Christmas Relay Gala 2018!
DSC were very pleased to be invited once again to the Aylesbury and District Christmas Relay Gala on 15th December 2018. Held at the Aquavale pool in Aylesbury this is always a fantastic team event, and just before Christmas means its always great fun. Remaining highly competitive, the teams took no prisoners with DSC swimming their socks off to take 2nd place overall – an extremely memorable and fun swimming gala – well done to everyone involved!
National Arena League Round 3 – 2018!
Dunstable Swimming Club had a brilliant final 3rd round of the National Arena League 2018 with a great 4th place position in their West Midlands Division 2 gala. Held in Daventry once again on 8th December 2018, DSC swimmers were on good form holding their own with some top competitive swimming clubs.
DSC’s Splash Night 3 – 2018!
The last splash night in DSC’s competition calendar took place on Saturday 1st December at The St. Albans School. For most, this was the last chance to achieve those elusive county times before entering, so the pressure was on. It was an incredible evening of swimming as we saw some of our youngest academy swimmers as young as 7 gain their first PB’s, and others who are more experienced clinch those qualifying times needed for counties in January.
Long Distance Splash – 2018!
On a very early morning on 25 November 2018, some brave swimmers took to the pool in St. Albans to compete in a long distance splash. The DSC committee wanted to give every opportunity for qualification to the swimmers interested in swimming the 1500m and 800m freestyle events at the 2019 Beds County Championships. For the first time ever boys are able to compete in the 800m freestyle, and girls in the 1500m. The reversing of the distances has become very popular, and as many meets were already full, DSC made arrangements to run their own long distance splash meet.
Watford County Qualifier 2018!
A large DSC squad travelled to the Watford County Qualifier Open Meet over the weekend of 17 and 18 November 2018. Held at the Watford pool, this meet was a level 3 gala and perfect for many swimmers to achieve county times needed for the New Year. Many medals, PB’s, County Times and even new Junior County records were achieved! Over the same weekend we also had two of our swimmers at the Hitchin SC meet, two swimmers at a selected Beds Development Day and one swimmer at the National Schools Swimming Championship finals at the London Aquatic Centre. DSC have been very busy with weekend…
National Arena League Rd 2 – 2018!
Dunstable Swimming Club had an absolutely sensational 2nd round of the National Arena League 2018 with a brilliant 2nd place position in their West Midlands Division 2 gala. Held in Redditch on 10th November 2018, DSC swimmers were on dazzling form holding 1st place position until the very end of the gala!
Winter Regional Champs 2018!
Eight of DSC’s incredible performance and sprint swimmers competed at this years’ Winter Regional Championships held at Inspire in Luton over the weekend of 3rd and 4th November 2018. This was a short course level one meet, where only the best competitive swimmers from each club in the East region attended. From DSC for the boys we had Michael Judd, Walter Hackett, Ollie Ellison and Jamie Hose. For the girls we had Jessica Kefford, Millie Dudley, Ruby Collins and Maia Morgan. Astonishing swims from all of them…
Flitwick Open Autumn 2018!
DSC travelled to the Biggleswade pool for the Flitwick Open over the weekend of 20 and 21 October 2018, with fantastic results. The autumn months in any season is very important for swimmers as they try and achieve their county times in preparation for Bedfordshire County Championships in January 2019. An excellent meet for DSC, with pb’s and medals a plenty and those all important county times for the younger DSC age group swimmers.
National Arena League – Rd 1 2018!
Dunstable Swimming Club got the 1st leg of the National Arena League 2018 campaign off to a fantastic start with a brilliant 3rd place position in their West Midlands Division 2 gala. Held in Daventry on 13th October 2018, DSC swimmers were on dazzling form holding 2nd place position for the majority of the gala!
Luton Open Meet – September 2018!
DSC competed at their first open meet of the season in absolute cracking style over the weekend of 29 and 30 September 2018. Held at the stunning Inspire Sports village in Luton, this was a level 3 meet so ideal for gaining county qualifying times. This meet was short course.
Bee Allen Cup Gala 2018!
DSC have recently competed for the Bee Allen Cup that was hosted by Dunstable but held at the Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre in Leighton Buzzard on Saturday 8th September 2018. 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.
DSC’s Hackett Achieves 4th in Great Britain!
Dunstable Swimming Club’s Walter Hackett has had a fantastic British Summer Championships, held at the Ponds Forge International Swimming Centre in Sheffield from 24th July through to 29th July 2018.
Each year British Swimming invite the top twenty four age group swimmers in each event to the National Championships. With events spread over 6 days the competition is the pinnacle of the age group swimming season.
East Region Open Water Champs 2018
Our fabulous DSC Open Water squad took to the lake at Whitlingham Park in Norfolk this weekend (22nd July 2018) with some amazing results! Open Water swimming is not for the faint hearted, but all competitors had some experience from previous events. Kieran Murray and Callum Shepherd swam in the Men’s 15/16 Yr old 2k event, Alan Shepherd and Simon Murray swam in the Men’s 40/49 Yr old 2k event, Isabella Porzio DSC’s only girl swam the 3k event in the Women’s 13/16 Yr old age group and finally our very own senior coach Steve Kerr swam the very exhausting 5k event in the 50/59 age group! A massive well done to each and every one of you. A huge amount of stamina and resilience is needed at these events but we do hope that with more of our swimmers training and competing at the open water champs, there will be a lot more interest for others too.
Club Champs Weekend 2 – 2018!
DSC concluded their 2018 club championships on Sunday 15th July with a very exciting gala. As before, DSC swimmers compete against each other collecting points as they race, to find the overall winner at the end in each age category. Again being run on a Sunday morning as opposed to a Saturday night, our swimmers seemed to enjoy competing together over a morning in the wonderful St. Albans school facilities once again. There were some fantastic new pb’s to enjoy and many medals/trophies won – a great celebration of everyone’s hard work… To top off these club champs, we also enjoyed a very fast and furious skins event. These swimmers were drawn from the 6 fastest in the previous 200m freestyle events for boys/girls/seniors and juniors. This is a sudden elimination round to leave the overall winner in the 50m freestyle. Well done to everyone that qualified and competed, it certainly was very exciting!
Terry Davis Watford Open 2018!
The Terry Davis Watford Open County Qualifier took place on 23rd and 24th June at the Woodside Leisure Centre in Watford. A squad of 44 swimmers from DSC competed over the weekend, with astonishing results. Out of the 13 teams at this level 3 meet, DSC came in a brilliant 3rd place on the points/medal table! with Watford in 1st and St. Albans in 2nd place.
Club Championships Gala 1 2018!
DSC began their 2018 club championships on Sunday 10th June 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 quite different again, being run on a Sunday morning as opposed to a Saturday night. Over 2 weekends again, instead of the historical 3, our swimmers seemed to enjoy competing together over a morning in the wonderful St. Albans school facilities. There were some fantastic new pb’s to enjoy and many medals/trophies won – a great celebration of everyone’s hard work…
Jnr League Round 1 & John Honey Cup 2018!
DSC began their Junior League in earnest at the Milton Keynes & District Junior Swimming League competition at the Henley Pool on 2nd June 2018. 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 2 years prior. Coming in in 5th place, the swimmers gave it their best shot. The following weekend DSC competed at the John Honey Gala (9th June) with outstanding results. Our more seasoned swimmers were involved, and bagged themselves a very respectable 2nd place.
Junior Regional Champs 2018- (Weekend 2)
Seven of our sensational junior swimmers recently attended the summer regional championships, held in Luton’s long course pool over the weekend 26-28 May 2018. For those waiting in anticipation at home, we were in for a treat when results starting to come in via Twitter over the weekend! Supporters went wild when we heard of siblings Jessica Kefford and Elliot Kefford in finals and others establishing winter regional qualifying times, gaining new PB’s and rising up the GB rankings. This again, was a very special regional championships for DSC, considering we have no home pool of our own! A massive well done to the swimmers, coaches, committee and parents for all your hard work and support over both regional weekends.
Tom Williams Cup Gala 2018
On Saturday 12 May 2018 DSC hosted The Tom Williams Cup. Held at the Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre. This gala was to commemorate an exceptional young man, who remains greatly missed by everyone. It was important for Dunstable to bring home the trophy, as this gala over everything else is for Tom and continues to mean so much to so many.
Senior Regional Champs 2018 (Weekend 1)
Six of our sensational senior swimmers recently attended the summer regional championships, held in Norwich’s long course pool over the weekend 5-7 May 2018. For those waiting in anticipation at home, we were in for a treat when results starting to come in via Twitter over the weekend! Supporters went wild when we heard of Michael Judd and Walter Hackett in finals, and to learn we were 9th out of 26 teams on day 2 in the medal table – finishing 10th overall out of 30 teams by the end of day 3, with no less than 3 gold medals from Walter, it was a very special regional championships for DSC. A massive well done to everyone!
Splash Night 2 – April 2018!
DSC celebrated another fantastic Splash night on 28 April 2018. Held at the Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre in Leighton Buzzard, this gala had fantastic attendance with senior and academy swimmers in abundance. This second splash night of the year again saw many of the older more experienced swimmers mentoring the younger ones, and swimmers also enjoyed the ‘buzzer’ where a noise would sound at the start of a race, and the winner of the heat would win a prize. This was welcomed by many of our swimmers and added to the excitement of the evening. This was also another fantastic fundraising night, where over £150.00 was raised once again for DSC.
Chiltern Round 3 – April 2018!
DSC continued their Chiltern League campaign in Round 3 with a fantastic 2nd place position overall! Held at the Tiddenfoot Pool in Leighton Buzzard for this final round and hosted by Dunstable Swimming Club itself. The gala took place on Saturday 21st April 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.