Have a go Joe grabs three gold medals

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JOE Litchfield won a trio of gold medals to help Doncaster Dartes finish fifth at the North East Regional Championships.

Litchfield was disqualified from one of his races at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge but more than made up for it by bringing home three golds, one silver and a national qualifying time.

He claimed gold in the 100m butterfly, 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley.

Shannon Dodson followed up her gold in the 100m backstroke last week with a win in the 100m freestyle and silver in the 200m backstroke, the latter earning her a national qualifying time.

There was also gold for Mark Beech in 200m backstroke, while Jamie Clarke finally got his NQT in 200m backstroke after missing out twice earlier in the season by only 0.03 of a second, also earning him a bronze medal.

Jarvis Parkinson earned himself two NQT’s in 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle, giving him a silver and bronze medal respectively.

Oswald Hood also won a bronze in 200m breaststroke.

Dartes’ younger swimmers also enjoyed another successful weekend as Laura Brookes finished third in 100m butterfly, while Tyler Dodson and Amber Hardy finished fifth and seventh in the 400m freestyle and seventh and eighth in the 200m individual medley.

Matthew Jubb also finished fourth in 100m freestyle.

Other finalists from the weekend included Natasha Crow who finished eighth in 400m freestyle, George Scratchard who finished fifth in 200m backstroke, Luke Shpylka who finished eighth in both 200m backstroke and 100m freestyle, and Oliver Richardson who finished seventh in 200m breaststroke.

Alex Pollard, meanwhile, shaved 5.26 seconds off his personal best in 200m backstroke and Chloe Hardy knocked 3.32 seconds off her previous best in 400m freestyle.

Dartes won ten gold medals over the course of the Championships, finishing fifth on the leaderboard behind champions City of Leeds, Newburn, City of Sunderland and City of Newcastle.