DASC SWIMMING NEWS


DASC at Durham Medley Challenge
15 October 2017


Photo: Allison Matthias
DASC Finalists at Durham Medley Challenge
From l to r:
Back row Harvey Matthias, Oliver Carr, Molly Mooney, Lucy Mason, Milly Anderson, Johnson Bache
Front row: Ruby Diment, Hugo Douglas-Reeves, Sophie Egglestone
Missing: Rowan Carr

A small squad of 10 DASC swimmers went to the one-day Durham Medley Challenge and all 10 made the final of the event in their age-group.

9&10 years swimmers competed in 50m of each stroke with points being awarded for the top 10 swimmers in each event. Then the 8 swimmers with the highest total points score from the events compete in a 100m IM final.

For 11&overs the four qualifying events were 100m of each stroke with the final being over 200m IM.

It was an exciting gala with a difference, as DASC swimmers produced more excellent PBs all day and raced competitively in their IM finals.

Congratulations to all swimmers and to the following Trophy & Medal Winners:
GOLD - Hugo Douglas Reeves (9 yr old boys)
SILVER - Ruby Diment (10yr old girls)
GOLD - Oliver Carr (13 yr old boys)
GOLD - Molly Mooney (14 yr old girls)
BRONZE - Johnson Bache (14 yr old boys)
BRONZE - Rowan Carr (15 yr old boys)


Harriet Rogers swims for N&D Team
at National Counties Team Championships

Sunday 8 October 2017



N&D Team at Inter-Counties Event
Harriet Rogers 2nd from right of front row

Harriet Rogers was selected to be part of the National Counties Team Championships held in Sheffield on 8th October. N&D competed in Division 1 and moved up from 16th place overall last year to a fantastic 5th place this year.

Harriet competed in 12&13 years 100m Freestyle and produced a great PB swim of 1.00.81. She also swam in the girls 12&13 4 x 50m Medley Relay and the very exciting 6 x 50m Mixed Freestyle Relay where N&D finished in 4th place.


DASC Represented  at
NER Regional Championships
for Para-Swimmers and Masters
23&24 September 2017

While DASC swimmers were out in force at the Billingham Autumn gala, three other DASC members were competing in  Regional Championships held in Harrogate.

Tim Walsh from B1 Squad competed at the Regional Para-Swimming Championships. He produced great Personal Best times in 50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke  with the former qualifying him to enter the Para Nationals later this year.

At the Regional Masters Championships Tony Day lowered his 400m Freestyle Welsh short course record in the 50/54 age group to 4.29.86 and also produced a PB on 50m Butterfly. He won two golds and a bronze in the overall (age adjusted) rankings. Iain Hodgson also competed in 3 events in the 25/29 age group being fastest in his age group in each of 50m and 100m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke.


Harriet's Invitation from Swim England
August 2017



Photo:Allison Matthias

Harriet Rogers has been invited by Swim England to join their Phase 1 National Pathway Programme for the coming season. This aims to provide a pathway that will support young swimmers in their quest to achieve senior international podium success.

It initially involves attending a series of three full organised development days including swimming  and dry land training sessions, workshops and profiling. For NER swimmers these will take place in Leeds in September, October and December.

Harriet and her parents are delighted that she has been invited and she has signed up already. Many congratulations to Harriet on this significant recognition of her ability and performance to date.


Harriet and Alice Compete in National Events
July/August 2017

As one of the Top 30 swimmers in the country for her age group (13 years) Harriet Rogers qualified to compete in the British Championships in Sheffield at the end of July in 50m Freestyle.

She finished 13th in the 13&14 years age group but significantly was the 6th fastest 13 year old  in the event - an excellent result which will give her something to aim at for next year in the same age group.

A week later Harriet returned to Sheffield for the English Summer Nationals where she qualified to compete in 100m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly.

Both galas were high-pressured, but the experience should stand Harriet in very good stead for the coming season

Alice Day
took part in the Swim Wales Summer Open Meet in Swansea at the start of August.

In the 14 years age group she competed in 100m, 400m and 800m Freestyle producing excellent long course PBs in each event.

In 400m Free she knocked 2 seconds off her recent PB to finish in a great 5th place in a time of 4.46.52. In the 800m Free she lowered her previous long course PB by 14 seconds to finish 34th in this open event.


Further Success for DASC Masters Swimmers
2 July at Haven Point, South Shields

Tony Day and Iain Hodgson competed for DASC in the recent N&D Masters Championships

In the 50-54 years agegroup, Tony set 2 new Welsh Masters records in 800m Freestyle (9.24.06) and 200m Free (2.09.46) and made his debut (at least since his return to competitive swimming) in 100m Butterfly with a great time of 1.06.78. He won gold in all three events in his age group.

Iain Hodgson won the 50m Freestyle event in the 25-29 years agegroup in 25.50, and came 2nd in 50m Breaststroke with a PB time of 31.74.

The Fish & Chips afterwards were well-deserved.



Swimming Success
Double Gala Delight for
Darlington Amateur Swimming Club


It was a busy weekend for DASC as two teams of swimmers across all age groups competed in two regional finals.

Saturday 10 June saw a squad consisting of 55 swimmers in all age groups competing together in the prestigious Northumberland & Durham Regional Team Championships held at Sunderland Aquatic Centre.


On Sunday 11 June  they headed to Tynemouth Swimming Pool for the final of the Junior League Division 2 competition.


Junior League Division 2 Final
11 June at Tynemouth



Photo:Allison Matthias

Retiring (!) DASC 12 year old Diddy League swimmers
with coach Lucy Proctor
from l to r:
Back row - Evan Reeves, Nathaniel Morton, Olivia Douglas-Reeves, Lucy Proctor
Front row - Joseph Sweeney, Joshua Kestle, Sofia Vassilounis, Maisie Williams

Joseph, Joshua, Sofia and Olivia have represented DASC in the Diddy League each year since they were 9 years old.

N&D Team Championships
10 June at Sunderland



Photo:Allison Matthias

Bronze medals in the Girls 13-14 years 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay for
l to r: Milly Anderson, Lucy Mason, Molly Mooney, Harriet Rogers




Photo: Fiona Douglas-Reeves

4th place in the Boys 9-10 years 4 x 50m Medley Relay for l to r:
Lewis Kestle (Fly), Alex Boyer (Breast), Hugo Douglas-Reeves (Back), Joshua Taylor (Free).


British Championships - Here I Come
30 May 2017



Photo:Allison Matthias

Congratulations to Harriet Rogers from Top Squad who won gold and silver in the recent NER Championships and has qualified to compete in the British Summer Championships later this summer.

Gala report




Thank You Laurence.
DASC Chairman Stands Down
from the Role after 8 Years
27 April 2017



Presentation to Laurence Murray at DASC AGM 2017



Glen Fenby, Laurence Murray, Steve Jackson



Photos: Allison Matthias

Alice Day Competes at Welsh Nationals
Swansea 14-17 April 2017


Congratulations to Alice Day from Top squad, who has just competed in the Welsh Long Course (Closed) National Championships at Swansea. She competed in 5 events in the 13/14 age group, finishing 7th on 400m Freestyle and 8th on 800m Freestyle, both in excellent Personal Best Long Course times of 4.48.29 and 9.57.30 respectively. Well done.


DASC Masters Swimmers On Form
5th Billingham Masters Meet
26 March 2017

Tony Day and Iain Hodgson competed in the one-day 5th Billingham Masters Meet.

Tony Day in the 50-54 years agegroup bettered two of his own Welsh Masters short course records with a time of 4.31.01 in 400m Freestyle and 1.08.34 in 100m IM. He also competed in two other events, winning 3 golds and a bronze from the overall rankings (ie irrespective of age).

Iain Hodgson in the 25-29 years agegroup clocked up a lifetime PB on 50m Breaststroke of 31.81 coming 3rd overall in the event, and swam 56.76 in 100m Freestyle.

An enjoyable and successful day for both of our older swimmers.


Success for DASC Swimmers
N&D Championships
February 2017



DASC swimmers at N&D Championships

Photo by Allison Matthias
Missing: Daniel Boyer & Niamh Sweeney


20 DASC swimmers have represented the club with pride, passion and success at the recent Northumberland & Durham Championships held in the 50m pool at Sunderland Aquatic Centre over two weekends in February. Congratulations to all of them for fantastic individual swims and a great team performance especially on the second weekend.

A special Well Done to our medal winners. In the 13 years agegroup Harriet Rogers won gold in 50m and 100m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly and bronze in 100m Butterfly and swam PB times in all 7 of her events. Ryan Pepper won bronze in 50m Freestyle in the 14 years agegroup; he also competed in 7 events, 4 of them for the first time in a 50m pool. Jacob Willson won bronze in 50m Breaststroke for 15 year olds with a huge PB.



DASC medallists at N&D Championships

Harriet Rogers, Ryan Pepper and Jacob Willson
Photo by Allison Matthias



Harriet Rogers Strikes Gold
NER Championships (25m)
Sunderland Aquatic Centre
5&6 November 2016



DASC Swimmers for NER Championships November 2016
Photo: Allison Matthias
l to r:
Back row: Aaron Morton, Chloe Oliver, Lucy Mason, Harriet Rogers, Emilia Jones, William Beukenholdt
Front row: Jacob Willson, Ryan Pepper, Molly Mooney, Alice Day, Niamh Sweeney, Nathan Warwick
Missing from photo: Daniel Boyer


Harriet Rogers won gold at the NER Championships in the 12 years 50m Freestyle. She was one of 13  swimmers representing DASC at the North-East Regional Short Course Championships.



Christian Brown Overcomes Disaster
ITU U20 World Sprint Triathlon
Cozumel, Mexico
15 September 2016


Christian Brown, who has been a DASC member since 2009, has just competed for the third consecutive year in the ITU U20 World Sprint Triathlon Championships. The event was held in mid-September in Cozumel in Mexico as part of the week long Grand Final of the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series.

Very unfortunately for Christian disaster struck on the bike part of his race when he got a puncture. Someone less determined might have abandoned the race at that point, but he picked up his bike and ran in bare feet with it to the end of the cycle course, racked it and continued on to complete the 5km run with very sore feet and legs in the 25th best time of the race.

Despite this Christian finished 37th out of 68 competitors and was the 5th GB athlete home out of 8.

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