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We Are Doncaster Dartes

We are Doncaster Dartes, the town's Elite Swimming Training Scheme and traditionally one of the top 4 squads in Yorkshire Swimming. In association with Doncaster's swimming clubs, we provide the high performance training and top class, professional swim coaching required to succeed at the very highest level.

Our objective is to provide Doncaster's ambitious swimmers with the Environment, the Skills, and the Coaching Support required to reach the top in British Swimming.

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Winter Nationals Full Recap

4 Dec 2021: We had 3 meets over an extended 4 day weekend, with Winter Nationals taking centre stage.

We enjoyed 1 final at Sheffield, but it was club records where the real drama took place. All 3 of our competitors broke multiple Senior or Age-group records. In total 5 senior records were claimed along with another 5 age-group records.

Madison Johnson (Arm) reached a final finishing 7th, and Callum Broadhead (Arm) finished as fastest 14 year old boy in 2 events (no prize for that though).
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Results Archive Updated

6 Dec 2021: Results Archive This weekend's results from Winter Nationals are now added to the archive.

Highlight was a Junior final for Madison Johnson (Arm) finishing 7th in 100m Butterfly for a Dartes senior record. Another senior record for Molly Chambers (Drn) at 200m Butterfly (2nd fastest all-time at 100m).

Dartes age-group records for Madison (50/100m Fly and 100m IM), and Callum Broadhead (Arm) (50m Fly, 50m Fc) and fastest 14 year old in the competition at both.
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And the 100m Fly record goes to: Maddie, no Molly, no it's Maddie again

4 Dec 2021: Day 2 at Swim England Winter Nationals saw a battle unfold for the ladies Dartes record at 100m Butterfly.

Heat 8 saw Madison Johnson (Arm) dip 0.04sec below the record set by Molly Chambers (Drn) at NER Champs last month.

Then heat 10 saw Molly snatch it back by another half second to take it below 1:03.

Madison qualified for the Junior final taking advantage of the 2nd swim to reclaim what was hers for just 2 heats in the morning. 7th place in the final and 1:02.81 - quite a drop from 1:04.32 before this morning.

Nice one ladies.

Molly Claims 200m Butterfly Record at Winter Nationals

3 Dec 2021: Day 1 of Swim England Winter Nationals saw in-form Butterfly star Molly Chambers (Drn) claim the short course 200m Butterfly Dartes record, knocking nearly 1 full second off her previous best time set at last month's NER Champs.

Callum Broadhead (Arm) opened his Nationals debut with a PB in 50m Freestyle to lower his 14 years Dartes age-group record.

Squad Meeting Season

30 Nov 2021: We are well and truly into squad meeting season, trying to squeeze everyone in before the festive season arrives.

We started off with Phase 5, then this weekend was Phase 4's turn, with Phase 3 coming later this week. ABC squad invites will go out in the next few weeks as the schedule allows.
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Coach Dave on Talent Duty

21 Nov 2021: Today was Regional Development Camp day in Catterick for the best 12 year olds in the North East of England. Selected as skills coach for another year was Head Coach Dave Cuthbert.

36 athletes and 4 coaches from around the region enjoyed a day polishing up turns, developing stroke efficiency, and learning different approaches to S&C.
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Animal Squad Updated

14 Nov 2021: Today's distance meet saw Megan Wood (Arm), crowned as the fastest All Animal completing all four Animal events for this season (but she's not alone).

With a whopping 13 completing the 800/1500m Freestyle double today, we stopped counting at 4 All Animals! In one meet, it makes this our 3rd best season for both 800m and 1500m swimmers.

A big thank you to Billingham for accommodating so many of us.
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Results Archive Updated

14 Nov 2021: Results Archive We'd had enough of time trials over lockdown, so Animal Trials were scrapped this year and replaced by the Billingham Long Distance Meet.

Our merry band brought home 9 Gold medals - a pair each for Megan Wood (Arm), Grace Burton (Arm), and Harrison Maskrey (Adw) - and 11 other colours.

Dartes age-group records also fell to Megan and Aimee Keefe (Spa) in their respective 1500m.
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No one Fitter than Swimmers

13 Nov 2021: Wednesday was Doncaster Schools Cross Country day and Dartes' swimmers look to have performed extremely well.

Despite all their moans and groans during land training when made to run, it appears swimmers are actually pretty swift on land too. Who would have thought.
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100 Greatest US College Swimmers

11 Nov 2021: Dartes record holder and stand-in coach Georgia Wright (Arm) has been named on the US College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association's top 100 Greatest Swimmers and Divers of the past century!

She sits among such legendary names as Janet Evans, Kirsty Coventry, Katinka Hosszu, and Missy Franklin.
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Medal Table Updated

9 Nov 2021: With Winter Yorkshires and Winter NER Championships completed, we've updated the club's All-Time Medal Table.

Highest new-entry was Cazia Martin (Arm) at #79 thanks to her NER Silver.

Highest climber was Jenson Owen (Edl) jumping from 101st to 53rd thanks to his 100m Freestyle Gold medal this weekend.
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Process, Pre-Pool, and a Loss of Continuity at Winter Yorkshires

8 Nov 2021: Let's quickly return to last month's Winter Yorkshires to discuss meet process in between a few age-group medals.

Two Golds were won by Kiera Binns (Adw), Jack Jones (Arm) brought home nine jingling pieces of metal, and a bunch of others won stuff too.

But let's look at how we can quickly improve performances across the board by getting the process better.
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Medals and Club Records to Close Winter NER Champs

7 Nov 2021: Another Gold for Callum Broadhead (Arm) in 200m Freestyle, and Bronze for Jenson Owen (Edl) in 50m Freestyle, with another Silver for Cazia Martin (Arm).

Our Senior girls reached another three finals with Madison Johnson (Arm) winning 100m IM Bronze. That swim earned her another club record.


Christmas Training Alterations

20 Dec: Christmas is getting closer and with it our festive training schedule.

The usual shutdown for ABC Squads and reduced training for everyone else. This year Phase 5 also get 2 weeks off after a very long training cycle took advantage of their summer.

Performance squads attendance emails will re-start in January for cycle 2.
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Entry Deadline: Yorkshire Championships

Level 2 Meet 31 Dec: We have provisionally set our deadline for entering February's Yorkshire Championships to 31st December. That falls before January's Janus meet, but we would appreciate the bulk of entries to be in by this date please.

Read the notes on our meet calendar

Obviously this is dependent upon Yorkshire SA publishing qualifying times prior to that date.
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In The Press: Winter Yorkshires

24 Nov 2021: October's Yorkshire Winter Competition brought 7 Gold medals to Doncaster and the Doncaster Free Press has published a brief article about the meet.

4 Gold medals for Callum Broadhead (Arm) were added to by another pair for Kiera Binns (Adw) and the last for Jenson Owen (Edl).
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In The Press: Joe Warns Against Pool Closures

18 Nov 2021: Olympian and former Dartes ace Joe Litchfield (Spa) spoke out about the perils of pool closures this week.

Making the point that all elite athletes start swimming in their local pools, Joe expressed his concerns that the current success of British Swimming may be hindered by the closing of local pools.
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Is Your First Meet Approaching?

Come along and join the team For those of you about to undertake your first meet (and as a reminder for everyone else) here's an introduction to what you can expect and everything you need to know.

Of particular interest is advice for those entering their first meet and how to decide which events to enter.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

18 Nov 2021: Meeting Minutes The minutes for our November committee meeting are now available to be viewed by the wider membership.

They have been added to the collection of other meeting minutes that are available for reading.
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Using Pace Clocks

Pace Clocks Being able to use pace clocks is an essential skill for swimmers of all ages. We know some of you struggle and shy away from using them, so here are some helpful hints.

The key point is: never give up. Use them on every swim and within a few weeks you'll be happy to use them.
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In The Press pt 4...

23 Jul 2021: When it rains, it pours.

Another Free Press article interviewing Doncaster's newly favourite brothers: Max Litchfield (Spa) and Joe Litchfield (Spa). On the eve of Max's opening swim in the heats of 400m IM in Tokyo on Saturday (Joe swims in the 200m IM on Wednesday).
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In The Press pt 3...

19 Jul 2021: The Olympics must be arriving soon, Doncaster Free Press has discovered another ex-Dartes swimmer to celebrate.

Rebecca Milnes (SAS) was part of the club's National Squad back in 2001 for 800m Freestyle. She went on to represent GB at Triathlon and is now lead paratriathlon coach at Loughborough's High Performance Centre.
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In The Press...

7 Jun 2021: Local media is catching up on Olympian Max Litchfield (Spa) coming from Dartes (in addition to younger brother Joe).

The Doncaster Free Press recently ran an article describing Max's development years, starting out with Minsthorpe then Spa Askern, but with the bulk of his training taking place in our training lanes.
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100 Greatest US College Swimmers

11 Nov 2021: Dartes record holder and stand-in coach Georgia Wright (Arm) has been named on the US College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association's top 100 Greatest Swimmers and Divers of the past century!

She sits among such legendary names as Janet Evans, Kirsty Coventry, Katinka Hosszu, and Missy Franklin.
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