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Newark Swimming Club competed at the Retford Annual Open Meet at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre





Valuable experience – and plenty of personal bests – was gained when Newark Swimming Club competed at the Retford Annual Open Meet at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre on Sunday.

The gala was a great success for the 32-strong team.

In total the team achieved an incredible 82 personal bests between them. Several swimmers achieved some stand-out performances and results, winning medals and achieving county qualification times.

Junior club captain Lucia Chivers (12) achieved county qualification times in all five of her events, and won four medals in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle. She won the 50m freestyle in a time of 31.04 seconds.

Sasha Romanovskij (9) achieved county qualification times and medals in all four of his 50m events, including gold in freestyle and winning the backstroke in 42.48 seconds – almost three clear seconds clear of his rivals.

Daniel Mason (11) won medals in all six of his events, including 50m breaststroke, 100m fly and 100m fly; clocking a county time in the 50m fly of 39.13 seconds.

Medals galore were won by Newark Swimming Club at the meet in Sheffield.
Medals galore were won by Newark Swimming Club at the meet in Sheffield.

Vice-captain Isaac Shaw (16) achieved two county times, in the 50m fly (31.09 seconds) and 50m freestyle, winning a medal in the100m fly.

Club captain Ben Mason (18) achieved a county qualification time of 28.03 seconds and medal place in the 50m freestyle, winning another medal in the 100m individual medley.

Medals were also won by vice-captain Charlotte Gosling in the 100m fly, 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley; Oliver Cragg in the 50m breaststroke; Parker Pidhorodeckyl in the 50m backstroke and Jakob Nelson in the 100m fly.

Newark Swimming Club competed at the Retford Annual Open Meet at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
Newark Swimming Club competed at the Retford Annual Open Meet at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre

The club has seen great progress under head coach Adam McIntyre in his first year leading the club.

The team numbers and standard going from strength to strength.

Adam said: "I'm incredibly proud of the swimmers and volunteers at the club. This time last year we had seven swimmers competing at this competition, so to be more than four times that is a great achievement.

“We had so many personal best times, medals and county times achieved this year too! Awesome weekend!"

September sees the club hosting its own sprints meet, which is an exciting competition for its members to progress further.

Newark Swimming Club’s members competed at the Retford Annual Open Meet at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre on Sunday.
Newark Swimming Club’s members competed at the Retford Annual Open Meet at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre on Sunday.

Newark Swimming Club is a friendly, all-inclusive club. To enquire about a trial or joining, please contact it via the website www.newarksc.co.uk.

You can follow the club on social media @newark_sc (X), newark_sc (Instagram) & Newark Swimming Club (Facebook).



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