DASC at SE North East Region Open/Youth Championships 2022
Ponds Forge, Sheffield 30 April & 1 May 2022
The NER Youth and Open Long Course Championships took place at Ponds Forge International Aquatic Centre, Sheffield, on 30 April & 1 May. The Youth events were for 16&Unders and the Open Events for 17&Overs. Heats were held in the morning sessions with separate finals for Youth and Open ages in the afternoon sessions. The qualifying times especially for the Open events were difficult to achieve. DASC was represented by 6 Youth swimmers.
Fresh from her success at the recent Scottish National Age Groups, Laura Burgess (16), again rose to the occasion and secured an excellent bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle and a 5th place in the 100m Freestyle, as well as a PB in 50m Butterfly. Laura has had a heavy competition schedule this year and continues to produce remarkably consistent times on or around her PBs each time she swims.
Niamh Kay (15) competed in all Breaststroke distances and qualified for finals in 50m Breaststroke, where she came 8th, only losing out on a bronze medal by a fraction with 0.16 seconds separating 2nd to 8th places, and 100m Breaststroke to finish 9th.
Emily Burrell (16) competed in 4 sprint events across 3 different strokes and after a string of recent competitions, came so close to PBs in all of them. Lewis Kestle (15) swam a great PB on 50m Butterfly and went close to his very recent 200m Backstroke best. Sam Beukenholdt (16) was swimming for the first time at Regional level and set himself a new PB time on 50m Freestyle. Ruby Diment (15) competed in 100m and 200m Backstroke.
Along with their individual swims, Laura and Niamh were selected to swim in relay teams for the newly formed NDPP (our regional club). Laura swam in the 4 x 100m Free B Team and both Laura and Niamh swam in their favoured strokes for 4 x 100m Medley teams.Along with many others at the Championships several of our swimmers are in their GCSE year and working hard to juggle exam revision with swimming training.
DASC Head Coach, Lucy Proctor, said “I am really happy with everyone’s performances, we have had a busy schedule of competitions recently and they all put in 110%.”
J Teague May 2022