They might have had one eye on the exploits of former teammate Molly Renshaw at the European Championships, but the youngsters at Ripley’s RASCALS club did themselves proud too over the weekend.
Taking part in the second round of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Diddy League at Sutton-in-Ashfield, they finished in joint third place with Belper Marlins.
The gala was won convincingly by the the host club, with Sherwood second, Derby Phoenix a point behind RASCALS in fifth and Mansfield a distant sixth.
Stars of the show for the Ripley club were the five nine-year-olds, who all swam personal-best (PB) times in their individual events, which was hailed as a brilliant achievement.
The quality quintet comprised George Whittle (25m backstroke and 25m breaststroke), Noah Tannahill (25m butterfly and 25m freestyle), Hannah Minshull (25m backstroke and 25m breaststroke), Georgia Caddy (25m butterfly) and Ruby Smith (25m freestyle). The performances of these five were a major influence on RASCALS grabbing third place overall.
In addition, all the ten-year-old boys produced personal-best swims. Barney Reader made his mark in the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly, while Thomas Eason starred in the 50m breaststroke and Jack Wyld caught the eye in the 50m freestyle).
Other RASCALS swimmers to clock PB times were Scarlett Swift, Oliver Coyle, Zoe Radford, Adam Dadley-Webb, Ben Stonepayne, Joel Tannahill, Rosie Greenwood and Charlotte Middup.
There were wins for Gracie Dawes (50m breaststroke), Jacob Whittle (50m breaststroke), and Isaac Caddy (50m freestyle), plus the 11-year-old boys’ medley and freestyle relay teams.
Head coach Glenn Fisher said he was very proud of his young team for producing such an impressive performance at a richly competitive gala. The third round is to be held on Saturday, June 18.
The next Ripley RASCALS open meet is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 3 at Alfreton Leisure Centre. An entry pack and full details can now be found on the club’s website.