Whitby Seals landed an unexpected win at the recent Scarborough and district friendly swimming gala, also attended by Scarborough, Driffield, Bridlington and New Earswick. This gala is aimed at providing an opportunity for intermediate swimmers aged from nine up to 13 years of age competing in both individual and team races within relaxed technical swimming rules.
The gala is popular and all clubs have to field a team within strict cut–off times.
As the competition progressed, Whitby Seals held on to second place with New Earswick holding onto first place and Scaborough Kingfishers swimming hot on Whitby’s heels in third place.
All the Seals’ young swimmers selected for the team swam exceptional well with 13 individual personal best (PB) times recorded.
Team first place events
Boys 11 & 10yrs 25m Medley Relay: Liam Boyce, Will Nock, Bailey Stamp & Billy Fewster.
Boys 13 & 12yrs 25m Medley Relay: Harvey Russell, Ben Wilkinson, Joseph Leather & Killian Robinson.
Girls 13 & 12yrs 25m Freestyle Relay: Hannah Robinson, Hannah Wharrick, Jess Taylor & Daisy Storr.
Individual first place events
Girls 13 & 12yrs 50m Breaststroke: Hannah Robinson (PB)
Boys 11 & 10yrs 25m Backstroke: Liam Boyce (PB)
Boys 11 & 10yrs 25m Butterfly: Bailey Stamp
Girls 11 & 10yrs 25m Breaststroke: Alphie Beesley (PB)
Throughout the gala, the racing remained competitive and made for an exciting gala for the swimmers and spectators.
The points from all the events are tallied and then points are deducted for any swimmers who swam faster than the cut-off time for their event.
Speeding tickets were awarded to Billy Fewster and Daisy Storr.
When the gala results were announced, it was an unexpected first place result for Whitby Seals beating New Earswick by only one point.
1st Whitby Seals 181
2nd New Earswick 180
3rd Scarborough Kingfishers 165
4th Driffield 140
5th Scarborough 108
6th Bridlington 76