Richmond Dales April Fool Gala

A set of fantastic results were achieved by seven swimmers from the junior and senior squads of Wear Valley Amateur Swimming Club who recently competed at the Richmond Dales April Fool Gala. The gala was held in Leeds at the John Charles Aquatic Centre in a 50m pool on the 28/29 April 2018. Some of the athletes competed in events for the first time and were very pleased with their times. The swimmers also had a wonderful time staying overnight in a hotel with their parents and enjoyed their Saturday night meal together.

Ella Sowerby achieved 5 pbs which included taking 4 seconds off her 200m free with a new time of 3.11.19. James Holliday swam four new events; 50m and 200m freestyle, 50m back and 200m breaststroke. James came 5th in this event with a time of 3.36.08 and achieved 2 personal bests (pbs) in the 100m breaststroke and 100m back. Emily Whitton was delighted with her 4 new pbs, highlights included taking 9 seconds off her 200m free with a new time of 2.43.03. Mason Bartlett attained 3 pbs and 2 very good first time swims in the 200m Individual Medley (IM) and 100m breaststroke. Sophie Liddell also gained 2 pbs and had an excellent first competitive swim in the 50m fly with a time of 47.55.

Thomas Power won a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke and a bronze in the 100m back, together with 2 pbs in the 200m free and 100m breaststroke. Thomas knocked 12 seconds off his previous 200m free with a new time of 2.37.45. Annabel Cooper competed in the 800m free for the first time and achieved a time of 10.08.77, together with a silver medal for this event and a qualifying time for the North East Regional Championships next month. She also won a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke, silvers in the 50m free and 200m fly and a gold in the 400m free. A fantastic weekend and set of results for the young Wear Valley swimmers.

Richmond Dales April Fool Gala 28-29th April 2018