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Personal bests for Ryedale Swimming Club starlets
2:57pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
RYEDALE Swimming Club got back to action in fine style after their summer break at a long-course open gala at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
Ten young swimmers represented Ryedale and five were competing at Ponds Forge for the first time.
The youngest member was nine-year-old Rachel Lynn, in her first open gala.
She swam with determination and enthusiasm to earn two Yorkshire level qualifying times in her two events of 50 metres breaststroke and 50m freestyle.
Ten-year-old Atlanta Dowkes, swimming in her first long-course open meet, competed in seven events, gaining seven new personal best times.
She stormed the 100m freestyle event to comfortably secure a qualifying place at the Winter Yorkshire Championships.
Harriet Evans, 11, also in her first long-course meet, swam four races in the competitive girls’ events. She remained focused and was rewarded with three new personal bests.
Twelve-year-old Emily Grayson swam seven events, showing maturity in her races. She gained four new personal bests and qualification to the Winter Yorkshire Championships in the 100m breaststroke.
Brother Joseph Grayson, 11, swam in three events, earning two new PBs.
Jamie Hyde, 13, building on his experience from earlier this year with his first long-course meet, improved his Yorkshire qualifying time in 100m breaststroke when finishing fourth.
He then added a pleasing second place in his age group for the 50m breaststroke.
Jason Robson, 10, again showed his maturity, proving a commitment to training pays off. He swam in three events, building on his Yorkshire qualifying time in the 50m backstroke and earning a second place trophy. In the 100m breaststroke, he improved his North Eastern Championship qualifying time, gaining a third place trophy, and in the 100m backstroke swam determinedly to earn another North East qualifying time.
Emily Robson, 10, also showed maturity and a supportive team spirit. Swimming in four races, she built on her Yorkshire time in the 100m freestyle and added a qualifying time in the 100m backstroke.
Storming her 50m butterfly, she gained a PB and eighth place in her age group.
Owen Watts, 13, gained a PB in the 100m freestyle, while Joe Kelly, 10, narrowly missed a Yorkshire qualifying time for the 50m butterfly but maintained his qualifying time for North Eastern Championships in the 100m breaststroke.
Happy anniversary event
Ryedale Swimming Club are holding their 40th anniversary celebration with a hog roast at the Recreation Club in Pickering on Sunday, September 29, from 3pm to 7pm.
All club members past and present and their families are welcome. Tickets can be bought on club nights at the pool.
Ryedale Swimming Club will be launching their new logo and team colours and announcing new training times and squads for the competition section.
The club have seen 12 swimmers qualify for the Winter Yorkshire Championships in October, at Ponds Forge.
They are Alex Young, Ellie Lealman, Emily Grayson, Jade Kendrew, Morwenna Talling (via York City Baths Club), Atlanta Dowkes, Rachel Lynn, Emily Robson, Jason Robson, Joe Kelly, Christopher Cook (via Scarborough Swimming Club) and Jamie Hyde.
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