A TEAM of 15 young swimmers from Dumfries Dolphins returned home from a successful trip to Sunderland recently, proud to have collected a total of 22 medals and having produced 35 personal best times, all from 63 individual swims.
The Sunderland Open event, held at the Sunderland Aquatics centre on May 19/20, attracted swimmers from 32 clubs from Scotland and England and the Dolphins team were delighted to finish in ninth place overall.
Eve White (12) swam in seven events and was rewarded for her efforts with a gold medal in her favourite 200m butterfly event, no less than four silver medals (50m and 100m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly) and bronze in her 100m backstroke swim.
Terri Johnston (16) produced a gold medal performance in her 50m backstroke event and received a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke. Terri had three personal best times form her five swims.
Emily Hewitson (13) had four top 10 results from her five swims, achieving some fantastic personal best times along the way.
Meghan Branney (14), Morven Clements (16), Annabel MacGregor (12) and Alix Muir (14) also swam well for the team and notched up many more top 10 results between them.
The boys also enjoyed a successful meet, headed up by David MacGregor (13) who secured two gold medals (400m freestyle and 400m IM) and one bronze medal (100m freestyle), all with excellent pb times.
Adding to the gold medal tally was Anthony Ryan in the 400m freestyle event. Anthony also produced two bronze medal swims in the 100m backstroke and 200m IM events, with fifth place swims in his other two events.
George Johnston (13) had an excellent weekend, rewarded with two silver medals (100m/ 200m freestyle), two bronze medals (50 m/400 m freestyle) and a "full house" of personal best times.
Alistair Campbell (15) swam into silver medal position in his 100m backstroke and earned himself a bronze medal in the 200m backstroke event.
Ross Acklam (11) continued to improve his times in his freestyle events and produced a silver medal performance in his 50m backstroke event.
Owen McDonald (12) achieved some excellent personal best improvements from his six swims. Owen was rewarded with a bronze medal for his 1500m freestyle swim and produced four other top ten finishes.
Daniel Ryan (13) improved his entry time in both of his events (200m IM and 200m backstroke)
All in all this was yet another successful meet for the Dolphin team, whose talent base continues to develop. Congratulations to all the swimmers and thanks to coaches and parents for their ongoing input. Check out the club’s website for more information: www.dumfriesdolphins.btck.co.uk.