Dunstable Swimming Club’s first British Medal!
Walter Hackett, the 16 year old captain of Dunstable Swimming Club swam his way to the record books at British Swimming’s Summer Championships last month.
East Region Open Water Championships 2019!
Swim England East Region Open Water Championships took place at Whitlingham Park in Norwich on 21 July 2019. For some of our DSC swimmers, this was the first competition they had entered open water although there was a fair bit of training offered by senior coach Steve Kerr to get everyone prepared before the big day. Congratulations to all of DSC Open Water competitors who completed their races so brilliantly. Included were; Maisie Humphrey, Annabella Vassallo-Todaro, Bethany Harwood, Amy Shaw, Eloise Harper, George Wallis-Smith, Thomas Fantini and Simon Murray – well done to all.
Tom Williams Cup Gala – 2019!
On Saturday 29 June 2019 DSC hosted The Tom Williams Cup once again. Held at the Saxon Pool in Biggleswade, this gala was to commemorate an exceptional young man, who remains greatly missed by everyone. This gala is arguably our most important fixture on the swimming calendar for DSC as this competition over everything else, is for Tom and continues to mean so much to so many.
Terry Davies Watford Open – 2019
A large DSC squad visited Woodside Leisure Centre in Watford for their Terry Davies Open over the weekend of 22 and 23 June 2019. Always a great meet for DSC, and being a grade 3 gala, means its an excellent Open for our younger swimmers looking for times. As usual DSC performed brilliantly over the weekend, and claimed lots of medals and achieved some fantastic new pb’s.
Junior League Rd 1 and John Honey Cup – 2019!
DSC began their Junior League in earnest at the Milton Keynes & District Junior Swimming League competition at the Teddington pool on 1st June 2019. Coming in in 5th place, the swimmers gave it their best shot. The following weekend DSC competed at the John Honey Cup Gala at Tiddenfoot (8th June) with good results. Some of our more seasoned swimmers were involved, and there were some very exciting relays in particular the men’s relay at the very end.
OB’s Terrific Debut at Summer Regionals 2019!
OB (AKA) Oliver Bradshaw travelled up to the UEA 50m competition pool in Norwich for his Junior Summer East Region Champ Debut. The competition ran from 25 to 27 May 2019. Qualifying for the 50m and 100m breaststroke events on the Sunday and Monday, OB as always pulled out a very gutsy performance in both the races.
Splash Night 2 – May 2019!!
Another massively successful Splash Night for DSC. This second Splash of the year was held on 11th May 2019 at The St. Albans School, and consisted mostly of the frantic 50’s events. The programme of swimming also included the 100IM and 200IM. Bursting with PB’s this internal gala event was brilliant for the swimmers, especially as we finished off the evening with mixed relays right from Academy swimmers through to Performance and this mix was enjoyed by everyone…
DSC’s Sensational Seven at Senior Regional Champs!
DSC’s Senior Regional Championships 2019 started with a BOOM! at the 50m competition pool Inspire Luton. Held over the weekend of 4th/5th May our seven sensational senior qualifiers did not disappoint with medals, pb’s, county records, lifetime bests and no less than 6 finals between them! Amazing swimming from them all putting DSC 11th overall in the points/medals tables with over 30 clubs competing! Our seven swimmers this year were Walter Hackett, Jessica Kefford, Michael Judd, Millie Dudley, Rhianne Carrick, Maia Morgan and Ollie Ellison – a huge congratulations to you all on some superb swimming!
DSC’s Hackett Competes in GB’s Top Event!
Dunstable Swimming Club’s captain, Walter Hackett, travelled to the Toll Cross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow for the premier event of British Swimming’s calendar. Despite being only 15 years of age, Walter qualified for the British Swimming Championships, held over six days in April.
April Luton Level 1 – 2019!
An exciting weekend for DSC at the Luton Level 1 meet held at Inspire 20/21 April 2019. This gala was a national window qualifier, so some very fast competitive swimming could be seen indeed! Some of DSC’s younger swimmers were also using the competition to gain regional qualifying times and with some truly sensational swimming with many club records broken, they did not disappoint!
Chiltern League 3rd and Final Round – 2019
DSC were once again competing on 6th April for the third and final round of the Chiltern League 2019. This last round was held at the Aylesbury Vale Pool and we faced the highest scoring teams and therefore the toughest draw of all three rounds. We were very proud of this fact however, as it meant we had competed well enough in the first two rounds to be in the premier round at the end! DSC did their best on the night and some swimmers competed multiple times – as a small squad this means working very hard! We are thrilled to bits for the overall results, gaining 6th place overall out of 14 teams!
Wycombe & Luton Open Meets – 2019!
A small group of DSC swimmers took to the pool in Wycombe and Luton over the last few weekends. Both Level 1 meets so massively competitive. Both these gala’s were timely for the regional qualifying window. Well done to everyone who competed over the two weekends. Particular mention goes to Rhianne Carrick who secured two RQT’s over the last few weeks in 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly and to Millie Dudley who secured all 4 50m distances for regional qualification, amongst others earlier in the year. Our juniors can also be seen to be hot on their tales with Jenny Davis and Bryony Mathias so very close with their qualifications.
Chiltern League Rd 2 – 2019 plus much more!
DSC carried on their Chiltern League campaign with a fantastic 3rd place position overall! Held at the Tiddenfoot Pool in Leighton Buzzard on Saturday 16th March 2019. This was largely the same squad as in round 1 but this time of course with some experience behind them – not such a nervous 2nd round…
CBSS Open Meet 2019!
DSC travelled across to the Biggleswade pool over the weekend of 9-10 March 2019, for the annual level 2 meet hosted by Central Beds Swim Squad. This open meet is designed as a window for regional qualification. Some top podium positions and fantastic new PB’s were achieved over the weekend – well done to all the DSC competitors. DSC would also like to thank all it’s poolside helpers who provided invaluable assistance to our swimmers over the weekend.
Chiltern League Round 1 – 2019!
DSC started their Chiltern League campaign with a 4th place position overall! Held at the Tiddenfoot Pool in Leighton Buzzard on Saturday 23rd February 2019, 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.
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.