Swimmers fly flag for Whitby

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Flying the flag for Whitby, Owen Robson and Ben Botham recently attended a long course swimming event in Leeds.

This was an individual swimming competition and provided them an opportunity to compete against some of the best swimmers in the north east.

Both boys swam exceptionally well, improving their personal best times in all strokes and came home with a stash of medals, Ben with 200m individual medley 6th, 50m butterfly 2nd and 100m butterfly 3rd; Owen 1,500m freestyle 2nd, 400m freestyle 4th, 200m freestyle 3rd, 100m freestyle 3rd, 50 free 6th, 100m breaststroke 3rd, 50 breastroke 6th, 100 backstroke 5th, 200m backstroke 5th.

Owen also got third highest boy in the points awarded at the meet.

Middlesbrough AA Grade Swimming Event

Whitby Seals’ Ben Wilkinson has been training hard over the past 12 months, striving to constantly improve his swimming technique and personal best times.

This dedication and effort paid off recently at the Middlesbrough AA Graded Gala.

Ben entered 10 swimming events and brought back home six medals - three first place Gold medals, two silver and one bronze, Owen Robson entered the 200m freestyle event and came third, picking up a bronze medal.

Both these events are competition swimming at a very high level, a superb performance by all three boys.

Novice Swimming Gala

Whitby Seals entered the second of three Novice Swimming Galas for 2015, held at Loftus Leisure Centre.

Three district swimming clubs participated - Whitby Seals ASC, Scarborough Kingfishers ASC and Loftus Dolphins ASC.

This gala is specifically aimed at young novice swimmers competing in 9 & under and 11 & under age groups.

It provides an opportunity for the young swimmers to gain confidence and team spirit while competing in a low level gala; the technical swimming rules and regulations relaxed.

Following last year’s novice gala events it was decided, by all the clubs involved, to introduce cut off times; the aim of which to prevent the clubs loading their teams with higher than novice grade swimmers, to aid winning the gala.

Due to other commitments and illness a scratch team was put together, eight boys and 11 girls were selected for the team, with Saskia Harland filling in at the last minute.

Henry Cornforth, Alex Young and Alex Marr swimming up an age group for some events.

It was an exciting gala with Whitby Seals predominantly in second place. All of the swimmers swam excellently, with Jorja Wright, Alex Marr and Henry Cornforth finishing in first place for their individual events.

Although Whitby Seals finished in a strong second place, Bailey Stamp, Ben Wilkinson, Emelia Walker and Liam Boyce were all awarded cut off penalties for swimming faster than the novice gala time restrictions. This meant the points they won were deducted from the total team score.

The final results were: Loftus Dolphins 1st, Scarborough Kingfishers 2nd, Whitby Seals 3rd and Scarborough

Kingfishers B 4th.

Whitby Seals of the Day were awarded to Alex Young (9) and Alphie Beesley (10).

If you are interested in joining Whitby Seals Swimming Club, please enquire at the Seals Desk in Whitby Leisure Centre any Thursday between 5.30pm and 7pm (term-time only).