Dolphins make waves at annual Open Meet

Flitwick Dolphins were all smiles at their annual Open Meet
Flitwick Dolphins were all smiles at their annual Open Meet

Flitwick Dolphins Swimming Club held its fifth annual Open Meet at Saxon Pool in Biggleswade last month.

The club welcomed more than 300 swimmers from Bicester Bluefins, Biggleswade, Corby, Daventry Dolphins, Dunstable, Harpenden, Hitchin, Modernian, Northampton, Putteridge and Wellingborough for a fantastic weekend of competitive swimming.

It was the first open meet under new head coach Hatim Morsy and, despite the strong field, the home swimmers performed terrifically well, with gold medals going to George Hart (14), James McFarland (14), Georgie Curtis (15), Gemma Trott (16), Rebecca Grogan (13), Claudia Grant-Dawson (17), Kai Boromeo (13) and Charlotte O’Dell (12).

There were also medals for girls’ captain Helena Milton-Jones (15), Imogen Thompson (12), Edward McFarland (12), Molly Bow (14), Ellidy Dickman (14), Katie Tompkins (15), Sam Dennis (13), Tyler Watson (11), Sophie Fowler (10), Finn Hague (10), Francesca Baber (9) and George Maskell (10).

Georgie Curtis, who was outstanding throughout, set new club records in the 100m IM, 50m breaststroke and 50m and 100m butterfly.

There were also new records for Molly Bow in the 200m breaststroke, James McFarland in the 50m butterfly and Gemma Trott in the 100m IM.

In total, the swimmers achieved 24 gold, 23 silver and 22 bronze medals, and set 167 PB times as well as the seven new club records.

Congratulations are also due to Biggleswade Swimming Club, who took the Top Visiting Club trophy for the third year running.

The club owes a huge debt of gratitude to the officials and other volunteers who generously gave their time to support the meet, and to every swimmer who took part and provided such a superb weekend of competitive sport.