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.

DSC were swimming against Bourne End, Linslade Crusaders, Henley, Hemel Hempstead and Flitwick Dolphins- a tough draw! Chiltern League is as always a ‘no faster than’ gala, where speeding tickets can be issued and no points won. An extremely difficult league, since all swimmers are taught to race as fast as they can. This being a C grade gala, they cannot go too fast, so it is imperative in order to gain maximum points, they stay within the speed limits.

The gala had a tremendous atmosphere from the outset, and even at the half way point the teams were only separated by a few points. The relays particularly at the end, were very exciting with the Dunstable parents in the spectator gallery in full voice. The team enjoyed 7 1st place positions and 3 2nd place positions, but unfortunately DSC were too fast on a number of occasions.  They also picked up some DQ’s due to the lack of experience within the team.  In round 2 many of these areas can be looked at, especially as our swimmers will feel more confident as they progress.

The overall points at the end of the gala were as follows;

1st place – Linslade Crusaders – 224

2nd place – Flitwick Dolphins – 199

3rd place – Bourne End – 171

4th place – Henley – 133

5th place – Dunstable – 130

6th place – Hemel Hempstead – 123

All DSC swimmers tried their very best on the night. Swimmers of the gala went to Katie Pigeon and Daniel Richards for their outstanding contribution to the gala – well done to both of them.

Round 2 will be held on 17th March 2018 venue tbc – Good luck to the team!