College proud of fab five in pool

FIVE swimmers from Dyke House College and the AquaForce Swimming Academy competed at the first weekend of the County N&D Swimming Championships.

 

GOLDS: Jack Ridley

FIVE swimmers from Dyke House College and the AquaForce Swimming Academy competed at the first weekend of the County N&D Swimming Championships.

And they didn’t disappoint for a variety of reasons at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre, where Year 7 student Jack Ridley even turned in a display to make him No 1 in the country at the 200m backstroke for his age.

Jack and Charley Groves competed in the 12-year-old age group.

In the 100m freestyle, Charley touched in a time a of 1:10.03 to finish 11th and first reserve for the finals. Her 50m butterfly saw her record a time of 37.00sec.

ON SONG: Charley Groves and Jack Ridley

Jack had a truly fantastic weekend in his seven events, claiming three gold medals along the way.

In the 50m breaststroke he posted a personal best to qualify for the finals and then he finished with another PB of 36.96sec to finish first.

The second of Jack’s triumphs arrived in the 200m Individual Medley. A PB got him into the finals, and then he touched in with another best time of 2.36.36.

His third was in his favourite event, the 200m backstroke. He qualified for the finals with a stunning PB time of 2:36.97.

Jack also came third in the 50m butterfly with 32.99sec time and then second in the 200m breaststroke with further best times.

He also got fifth in the 400m Freestyle with a PB and fourth in the 100m freestyle to round up a tiring 20 hours in the pool.

Personal bests: Reece Robinson and Callum Bomersbach

Reece Robinson competed in two events in the 15-year-old age group.

In the 50m breaststroke he qualified for finals in seventh and finished in fourth with a PB. He marginally missed out on third by 0.2 of a second with a time of 34.97sec.

For the 200m breaststroke Reece touched with a 2:54.54 time to achieve 12th and was second reserve for the finals.

CHALLENGE: Chris Mayes

Callum Bomersbach and Chris Mayes arguably had the most challenging weekends of the five. They were involved in the 16 years and over age group; a tough category competing against swimmers much older than themselves.

Callum competed in the 50m butterfly with a personal best time of 28.82sec.

Chris was involved in three events. In the 50m breaststroke his time of 32.69sec saw him just miss out on a place in the final by 1/100th of a second to a 22-year-old.

There were two PB times for him in the 200m Individual medley and the 200m breaststroke, and those were 2:28.48 and 2:41.42 respectively. He qualified for the finals in the latter.

The Dyke House swimmers did their club and school proud with plenty of great results and achievements. They will be back in the pool next weekend for the second part of the N&D Championships.

BY DYKE HOUSE REPORTER
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