After an apparent mix up with pool booking resulting in an hour delay in the start time, which fortuitously allowed time for a slight detour to pick up Shania, the Junior Squad travelled to Dorchester Leisure Centre on Saturday 8th September for Round Three of the Southern Junior League. In an outstanding display of club swimming and with great team spirit in evidence, Dolphin triumphed over strong teams from across the south of England.
Despite Bath being unable to enter seven of the 49 events, due to a shortage of younger boys, the club amassed a total of 138 points, including 23 first places. Swindon Dolphins achieved 124, Bristol North 107 and Southampton Basset JSF 104.
Certain Dolphins achieved the astonishing feat of not only winning their age events but also swimming up to win the equivalent events for the older age groups. George Maloney won 50m butterfly in both 9 and 10yo age groups; and 50m freestyle 9yo. Emily Jones won 50m backstroke in both 11 and 12yo age groups, and freestyle 11yo.
Sophie Jones won 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly. It was also a brace of golds for Aila Fereday, who won 25m butterfly and breaststroke.
Other individual event winners were Sophie Haldenby, 50m freestyle; Jessie Amphlett, 50m butterfly (also third in 50m freestyle); Alice Amphlett, 50m breaststroke; Shania Sue, 50m butterfly; Frankie Samways, 50m butterfly; and Will Shardlow, 50m freestyle.
Second places were achieved by the following: Tom Crouch, in both 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle (also third in 50m backstroke); Toby Vivallos, in both 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle; Freya Atkins, 50m breaststroke; Lilliana Marshall, 50m backstroke; Tomas Vivallos, 50m butterfly; Emma John, 50m freestyle; Daniel Smith, 50m breaststroke; and Will Shardlow, 50m backstroke.
Dolphin relay teams also performed exceptionally winning no fewer than seven of the team events: 12yo girls 4x50m medley; 12yo girls 4x50m freestyle; 12yo boys 4x50m medley; 12yo boys 4x50m freestyle; 11yo girls 4x50m freestyle; 11yo girls 4x25m medley; and the mixed 8x25m cannon.
Overall it was an exciting night with some very close finishes (the cannon was practically a photo-finish with Bath coming off best, on the stopwatch) with excellent swimming from every single Bath Dolphin that took part.
A big thank you to all who swam, in the first place for agreeing to make the trip to Dorchester knowing that such a late return to Foxhill would be your reward, but more importantly for making it such a fantastic evening. It was a absolute pleasure to be there on poolside witnessing the outstanding performances, you all did Bath Dolphin very, very proud indeed.
by Matt Peach