Doncaster squad makes a splash at regional swim meet

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Doncaster Dartes made a splash at the recent Yorkshire Championships, claiming a number of golds.

Dartes, made up of elite swimmers from across the borough, won 49 medals in total at the Leeds-based competition.

Jarvis Parkinson won a sensational eight gold medals, three silvers and two bronze. Parkinson also receved the Adrian Moorhouse Scholarship Award.

Jo Wright, of Doncaster Dartes, sums up the championship squad winners:

Joe Litchfield won four goals, five silver and two bronze.

There were debuts for Casey Waugh who won two silvers in 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley; William Gatus who gained his first finalist pennant, finishing fifth in the 200m backstoke; and Ben Wright who gained a massive 15 second personal best off his time, giving him a sixth place finish and a finalist pennant as well.

Special mention must go to Oliver Vodden for his huge success at the Yorkshire championships, winning three gold medals in 200m breast stroke, 200m butterfly, 200m freestyle and silver in the 200m individual medley.

Caitlin Dixon won gold in the 400m individual medley and silver in 200m freestyle.

Jamie Clarke won silver in 200m freestyle, also two bronze medals in 200m backstroke and 1500m freestyle.

Shannon Dodson grabbed silver in 100m backstroke and Alex Pollard won bronze in the 200m butterfly.

Final mention from the Premier Squad goes to Georgia Wright for a gutsy 800m swim which was her first ever long course attempt, adding her second national qualifying time. Her time of 9.27 earned her a sixth place finish in the 14-15 year age group.

For the athletes in Phase Four, star of this squad was ten-year-old Gill Clarke who won four gold medals in 200m backstroke, 400m freestyle, 200m and 400m individual medley and a silver in 200m freestyle.

Robbie Casson won one of each with a gold in 200m backstroke, silver in 400m freestyle and a bronze in 200m of the same event.

Laura Brookes won a bronze medal in 200m freestyle. She also swam in 10 events over the two weekends and finalled in eight of them and in her 100m freestyle, bringing in a time of 105.10 which is just over a second off her national time.

Josh Reasbeck won his first bronze medal at a Yorkshire championships, notching a five-second personal best in the 200m butterfly.

Bradley Hurdiss won two silver medals in 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley and Matthew Jubb showed true stamina and endurance winning bronze in the 1500m freestyle race.

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