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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.

Headlines and Site Updates

Gold, Silver, Bronze at British Summer Champs

29 Jul 2022: A medal of each colour marks the 11th best Nationals campaign in Dartes' 45+ year history, and a significant step up from before the pandemic.

Leading the way was Callum Broadhead (Arm) with sprint Gold and Silver. Joining him in the medals was Madison Johnson (Arm) with a hard-earned Bronze.

At the grand old age of 19, a first national final also went to Molly Chambers (Drn) for 200m Butterfly; just missing the 100m final by one spot. Louie Nightingale (Spa) contested his first national level competition too.
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Results Archive Updated

29 Jul 2022: Results Archive Results from this week's British Summer Championships are now in the archive.

Callum Broadhead (Arm) claimed the North East Region 50m Freestyle record on the way to his Gold medal.

A painful and exhausting 200m Butterfly swim-off for lane 9 in the final, led the way for Madison Johnson (Arm) to set a new Dartes age-group record on the way to her Bronze medal.
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A Quick Look at Turn Rotations

10 Jun 2022: How fast are your turn rotation speeds? Do you frequently beat 1sec?

This morning, P5's Connie Crowther (Drn) executed a 0.6sec Crossover turn (Bc/Br), can you match that?

We have a quick glance at what it takes for a top class turn. Tuck those knees in tight and spin in a tight ball.
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10 Strong National Squad for 2022

10 May 2022: The first batch of invitations for summer nationals are now being distributed, so it should be safe to announce our 10 strong National Squad for 2022.

Joining our veteran campaigners Molly Chambers (Drn) and Madison Johnson (Arm) are 8 first timers for the summer spectacular.

They will be contesting a spread of 29 events from 50m sprints all the way to a couple of 1500m Freestyle and from 12 year old Cazia Martin (Arm) to Molly at 19. It's an excellent achievement after a difficult year following the pandemic.
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Medals and Records at Age-Group NER's

7 May 2022: Two Silver for Jenson The penultimate day of NER Championships saw Jenson Owen (Edl) bring home 2 Silver medals.

Joining him on the score sheet were Phoebe Weatherill (Edl) and Louie Nightingale (Spa) with a pair of Butterfly Bronze medals.

Notable mention also for Cazia Martin (Arm) knocking 0.01sec off the 400m Freestyle Dartes 12 year olds record (a few months shy of being 30 years old).

Committee Nominations

7 May 2022: Meeting Minutes All nominations for committee posts have been received and added to the AGM section of the website.

We would like to invite all our adult members (16+ year olds) and encourage you to attend. Full details can be found on the AGM page.
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Added to Dartes TV

4 May 2022: A 40min montage of our highlights from NER Open Championships has been added to Dartes TV.

Watch 3 Dartes records being broken, plus 2 Dartes age-group records. 2 Senior NER Silver medals, and a Senior Bronze.

We've squeezed 15 races into the montage and still had a few left over.
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Strong Traditions at Hull Easter Meet

20 Apr 2022: The trip to the east coast at Easter is always one of the highlights for the younger end of the club and the 2022 Hull Easter meet certainly delivered in spades.

Lots to write home about, but swim of the weekend goes to Phoebe Weatherill (Edl) for knocking 0.46 from the 11 year old's Dartes 50m Butterfly record.

Congratulations came from the previous holder and both our current Fly trend setters.
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British Champs Review

18 Apr 2022: Our review of Dartes action from British Championships earlier in the month.

Some excellent performances, a few missed finals, and club records galore.
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British Champs Added to Dartes TV

12 Apr 2022: Dartes TV Thanks to the official Live Stream we can bring you the Dartes highlights from last week's British Championships.

Excellent performances from our three competitors, including three senior Dartes records, two age-group records, and a couple of near-misses.

Two swims ranked #2 on British Rankings, a junior final, and a few more heartbreaking close calls.
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British Championships Day 3

7 Apr 2022: Day 3 of Commonwealth Games Trials and Molly Chambers (Drn) was back in action in the 200m Butterfly.

Starting the season with a 2:24 long course PB, we're now down at 2:19. Race by race we've brought down each 50m lap time, today's task was to brave a faster opening 100m while holding on to the back end.

Her 100m split was 1:05, her 3rd 50m a 36 (bang on). Alas, she couldn't quite hold on, finishing in 2:20 (her 2nd best time). Another strong performance, and a few more weeks of training will deliver that final 50m too.

British Championships Underway

6 Apr 2022: Commonwealth Games Trials got underway for Dartes today with two strong 50m Butterfly swims.

Madison Johnson (Arm) got things underway this morning lowering her own club record to 28.77. She was all set for the junior final until the B block of heats took place at lunch time, pushing her just outside but only half a second shy of the top 17 year old.

Molly Chambers (Drn) came later and hit yet another 29.0 - she's getting rather good at that (her sequence since February: 29.08, 29.03, 29.00 and today's 29.05).

Announcements

Entry Deadline: September Sprints

Level 3 Meet 3 Jul: Get the new season off to a fast start with our own September Sprints meet at John Charles in Sheffield.

Use this to compliment the events you've entered for the Beverley meet.

Read the notes on our meet calendar

This is open to all squads, from ABC all the way up through the Performance squads. Speak to your coach if you're not sure.
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Psychology Workshop

12 May: Thursday 12th sees another visit by our resident psychologist to put P5 through a workshop around Performance Pressures.

All of P5 should attend the session at Rossington CSP. Doors open at 17:50 for a 18:00 start.

Remember to bring pen and notepad.

Entry Deadline: Beverley Barracudas County Qualifier

Level 3 Meet 20 May: September will have two meets aimed at our lower squads, the first of those is filling up fast so we've set our deadline as 5pm Friday 20th May.

A week before this is our own September Sprints meet - enter 50m races at that one. Use the Beverley meet for anything else (100m strokes, plus 100m, 200m, and 400m IM).

Read the notes on our meet calendar

We're opening this meet to all Performance Squads, but there is no pressing need for P5 or the higher end of P4 to take part. A and B squads are also welcome. Speak to your coach if you're not sure.
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Annual General Meeting

26 May 2022: Meeting Minutes The 2022 Annual General Meeting is due to be held at Rossington Community Swimming Pool on Thursday 26th May, 2022.

We would like to invite all our adult members (16+ year olds) and encourage you to attend. Full details can be found on the AGM page.
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Rossington CSP Entry Bell

The front door to Rossington CSP is now remotely operated by the intercom to the left of the door. If the door is locked, press the buzzer and wait for the duty manager to release the lock.

Occasionally you may have to wait a while if they're cleaning or in the plant room, so try again every few minutes until you're admitted.

There is also an exit button to the right of the door if it's locked as you try to leave.

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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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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Committee Meeting Minutes

26 May 2022: Meeting Minutes The minutes for our March and May committee meetings 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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Committee Meeting Minutes

3 Feb 2022: Meeting Minutes The minutes for our February 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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