Squad list for the squad list for the Matlock Gala on Saturday 9th July 2016
Please check, and let Glenn know by the 2nd July if you can/cannot make it.
Venue: Matlock, Arc Leisure Centre
Warm up TBA for TBA start
Our very own Tom Parr, Chairman of RASCALS, has been appointed President of the Derbyshire Amateur Swimming Association (DASA) for the forthcoming year. Tom received his chain of office from outgoing President Ann Basford at the DASA AGM which took place at the Genesis centre in Alfreton last weekend.
Many congratulations Tom, we are all very proud of you!
The third and final gala of this year's Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Junior Swimming League took place at a packed Sharley Park last Saturday, and saw RASCALS finish in second place on 164 points,17 points behind winners Derby Phoenix who finished with 181 points. The team finished ahead of Worksop Dolphins who came third, Long Eaton fourth, Belper Marllin fifth, with Sutton-in-Ashfield B in sixth place. Belper had originally been placed in first position but were docked 50 points for an unfortunate rule infringement which dropped them to fifth.
The support on the night was very vocal for all teams, making for a great atmosphere, and our youngsters rose admirably to the challenge.
There were first place finishes on the night for George Whittle, Jacob Whittle, Liam Dawson, Freya Layton, and Gracie Dawes. There were also two relay first places, with the 11-year-old boys team of Isaac Caddy, Liam Dawson, Harry Quinn and Jacob Whittle winning both the free and medley relays.
Personal best times were posted by Morgan Buxton, Zoe Radford, Freya Layton, Liam Dawson, Isaac Caddy, Harry Quinn, Thoas Eason, Scarlett Swift, Jessica Dadley-Webb, George Whittle, Travis Dawes and Ruby Smith.
There were some very strong teams in this event, and RASCALS showed once again that they can compete against bigger clubs and hold their own very successfully. Well done to all the swimmers who took part (every point counts!) and the coaching team.
Squad Training in the main pool will be cancelled in the evening (17.15 to 19.15) due to our open meet. Best of luck to everybody competing.
Small pool swimming lessons will continue as usual.
A team of novice swimmers from RASCALS headed to Matlock last weekend for a gala, and produced some excellent swims with virtually every swimmer achieving a personal best time. In all, there were 34 personal bests out of 44 swims, a great achievement showing how well our youngsters rose to the occasion.
The team finished in second place on 342 points, just 13 points behind winners Matlock 'A', with Derby Phoenix third with 257 points. Matlock 'B' were fourth, and Rykneld fifth.
There were wins for Travis Dawes, Harrison Gregory, Emily Lyons, Abi Dawson, Georgia Caddy, Thomas Eason, Maddie Grainger, George Whittle, Noah Tannahill, and Elliot Lawrence.
It was an excellent team performance from our very talented young squad swimmers.
RASCALS/Derventio Excel trio Jamie Ingram, Alice Richards and Mia Barber have all qualified for Nationals in the summer. The new qualification procedure involves swimmers competing during a qualifying window, with the top 24 in each event qualifying for British Nationals at the end of July, and the following 24 qualifying for English Nationals in early August. Both competitions will take place at Ponds Forge’s 50m pool in Sheffield.
Jamie (18) has qualified for British Nationals in four events, the 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m butterfly. He has elected not to compete in the 200m butterfly, preferring to concentrate on the other events. He will also compete for the Derventio Excel team in two relays – 4 x 200m freestyle and 4 x 100m freestyle.
Alice and Mia (both 14) will both swim at Nationals for the first time in their swimming careers. They have both qualified for British Nationals as part of the Derventio Excel 4 x 200m freestyle relay team which won a gold medal at the Midlands Championships in April.
They has also qualified for English Nationals: Mia in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle, and Alice in 400m freestyle.
Well done to you all, everyone at RASCALS is looking forward to seeing you perform at National level.
After many years with RASCALS, Jeremy Johnson, our Life-saving Head Coach is moving on with immediate effect.
During his time with the Club Jeremy has transformed our life-saving discipline from a weekly pool safety session to a successful competitive squad at local, Branch, National and International levels, as well as becoming RLSS National Development Coach.
We would like to thank Jeremy for the commitment he has shown to the Club and wish him well for the future.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above please contact a member of the Committee.
All swimmers, and many parents, will have heard Glenn Fisher say ‘the swimmers that improve the most are those who do open meets.’ Well if the entries for our July open meet are anything to go by, then it seems that everyone’s listening and keen to improve.
Out of the 200 swimmers taking part on 3rd July, a massive 47 will be representing RASCALS! That means that we’ll have more swimmers at the meet than any other club.
With so many young swimmers taking part we need lots of help to ensure everything runs smoothly. And with such a busy meet, it’ll be a squeeze in the spectator area, so parents, grandparents and carers why not volunteer to help? You’ll get to move around more, meet more of the RASCALS team, feel more involved and even get a free lunch. You don’t need any qualifications to help on the door, steward competitors or as a health & safety steward. Wherever possible we try to ensure that you’re paired up with someone who’s done the job before and that you’re still able to watch your own child swim. If you feel inspired to help or have any further questions, please email RASCALS Promoter, Kath Dawson (firstname.lastname@example.org) who’ll be really happy to hear from you.
Good luck to everyone taking part. Let’s hope there are lots of medals and PBs, and maybe a few speeding tickets; but most importantly that everyone enjoys the meet and that the swimmers use the experience to improve. You never know, we could see some future international swimmers in the pool!
Head Coach Supported Meets
The following meets are supported by the Head Coach
January RASCALS January Open
February Derbyshire County Championships
April Rykneld B Grade Open Meet
July RASCALS Open
Sep Matlock Open
Oct Ghoul in the Pool
Nov Major Oak Open
Nov RASCALS Club Championships
Dec Derbyshire Sprints
These meets form part of the Head Coaches Training Programme which means we encourage all eligible squad swimmers to attend. Entries to these meets will be organised by RASCALS and a coach will be there on the Day.
There are many other meets organised by clubs throughout the year, and many swimmers will wish to attend these meets to enhance their competitive experience. We ask that swimmers agree attendance at these with the head coach. If swimmers feel they would like to enter these as a group RASCALS will support by assisting with the preparation of the electronic entry file. We will also fund the purchase of a coaches pass as follows For 1 – 3 swimmers attending an open meet, 1 pass would be funded by the club, for 4 - 10 swimmers attending 2 passes would be paid for, and 10 or more swimmers, 3 passes would be funded. If approved by the Head Coach. This approval is only required if the Club is being asked to pay for the passes.
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