RIPLEY Rascals recentlyh competed in the fantastic new eight-lane 25m pool at Matlock.
Due to other teams having to pull out at the last minute, the competition was between RASCALS and three Matlock teams, all entirely made up of novice swimmers, with many swimming in their first ever gala. Swimmers were aged 9, 10 and 11 years old.
And what a marvellous gala it turned out to be. From the very first race, the atmosphere was tremendous, with supporters in the packed viewing gallery cheering each race with great enthusiasm, which helped lift the swimmers to produce some great performances.
It was a fitting result when, after over 50 races, RASCALS and Matlock ‘A’ tied for first place, both finishing on 155 points.
For the 9-year-olds, there were first place finishes for Sam Marsh in 25m backstroke and freestyle, Harry Large in 25m freestyle, Alisha Haslam in 25m backstroke, and Molly Aldread in 25m backstroke. Thomas Higgins, Sam Marsh, George Atkin and Harry Large won the boys’ freestyle relay, and Alisha Haslam, Molly Alldread, Tori Sutton and Bethany Booth won the girls’ freestyle relay.
For the 10-year-olds, first places were achieved by Harry Wyld (25m backstroke and 25m freestyle), and Matthew Barrett (25m butterfly), with the relay teams of Harry, Matthew, Josh Coyle and Rohan Challand winning both the boys’ freestyle and medley relays. Molly Cooper and Phillipa Bamford both won their 25m backstroke races, and Lauren Clark was first in the 25m freestyle. The medley relay team of Molly, Lauren, Phillipa and Elizabeth Howe took first place, but missed out on first place in the freestyle relay as they were too fast (so were given a ‘speeding ticket’)!
The 11-year-olds also swam very well, with Jason Lockwood winning both the 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle races.
An astonishing 29 personal best times were set on the night, these being from: Sam March (25m backstroke and freestyle), George Atkin (25m breaststroke), Thomas Higgins (25m breaststroke), Harry Large (25m freestyle), Alisha Haslam (25m backstroke), Molly Alldread (25m backstroke), Tori Sutton (25m freestyle), Bethany Booth (25m freestyle), Matthew Barrett (25m breaststroke), Rohan Challand (25m breaststroke and freestyle), Josh Coyle (25m butterfly), Molly Cooper (25m backstroke and butterfly), Phillipa Bamford (25m backstroke and butterfly), Elizabeth Howe (25m breaststroke and freestyle), Lauren Clark (25m freestyle), Kyle Middleton (50m backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle), Georgina Holbird-Gale (50m backstroke and butterfly), Emily Field (50m breaststroke and freestyle), and Amelia Spendlove (50m breaststroke and freestyle).
Head coach Glenn Fisher commented: “There were some awesome swims tonight from a very inexperienced team. Each and every point gained counted, and I was proud of the team’s performance.
“The support from parents was also unbelievable”.