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Around 250 swimmers from 20 clubs packed into the venue for the busy two-day competition which has become an integral part of the town’s competitive swimming competition program.
While Dolphin had nine swimmers competing at the Home Nations in Swansea, Edinburgh and Sheffield, 80 of their teammates were in action at the Link Centre as they put the past 11 months of training into practice for one final effort to produce lifetime best swims.
With the qualifying times now available for the 2015 Regional Short Course Winter Championships and the 2016 County Championships, there was also the opportunity to book places at these competitions in advance of the new season.
Personal best swims for Swindon Dolphin came thick and fast with many swimmers recording new best times in all events entered.
This was mainly as expected in the lower age groups and included 11 year old Morgan Wollen and 10 year old Aimee Masters, who each impressively set new times in nine events.
More than 50 Dolphins booked their places at next year’s county championships with eight qualifying for the first time.
This includes nine-year-olds Marcie Wyard and Lyra Sheppard, both of whom will be competing in the double 10/11 year age group.
For many of the club’s older performance swimmers, gaining county times should be academic, so having the new Regional Winter Championships qualifying times made for a challenging target with Rebecca Matthews, Nigel Masters, Jon Audis and James Watson all making the grade.
Watson and Audis’ qualifying times came in the 200m butterfly, swimming alongside each other in the final heat of the event and providing a spectacle which saw Audis just holding off the challenge from Watson in the last length having led from the outset.
A further four swimmers, Jack Plumb, Cathy Naus, Stuart Gibbs and Ellen Hicken also achieved regional consideration times and no doubt there will be more regional qualifiers to come before the competition in November.