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Training Alterations

Due to P5 attending the Sunderland meet 21-23rd Jan, there are alterations to training affecting P3 and P5.

Familiarise yourself with those changes.

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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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Results Archive Updated

10 Jan 2022: Results Archive Fully 1/3rd of our performances at this weekend's Harrogate meet resulted in Gold medals.

A dominant performance then, with Archie Ainslie (Ros) coming away with 9 Gold medals. Jenson Owen (Edl) was hot on his heels with 6. Every event the pair contested.

A lot of first time swims too, with Darcy Nelson (Ros) attempting 5 events for the first time, winning Gold in 4 of them.
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Snow Storm for the Young Ones

22 Dec 2021: Gold for Darcy at Snow Storm December opened up with a busy first weekend of 3 meets.

For the young ones, it was off to Ponds Forge for Snow Storm on Monday evening. Our 10 year olds led the way with Darcy Nelson (Ros) taking our first Gold in 50m Fly.

But the 8 year olds soon showed their class with 3 Gold and 4 Silver medals.
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Strong Start to Long Course Season at Northampton

20 Dec 2021: The Team at Northampton Phase 5 ended training cycle 1 in style, with a long course smash at the Northampton Winter Festival.

Day 1 finished with Dartes 2nd on the medal table, and challenging until the end against some of the biggest clubs in the country.

Jenson Owen (Edl) came home with 8 medals, 7 of them Gold. Overall we were the only club with more Gold than athletes.
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Results Archive Updated

19 Dec 2021: Results Archive A strong showing at the Northampton Winter Festival for Phase 5 and a select bunch from Phase 4.

25 Gold medals, and an even split of 31 others saw Molly Chambers (Drn) and Greta Highfield (Ros) take 4 a piece, while Jenson Owen (Edl) stole the show with 7!

Opening up our long course campaign, Molly claimed the Dartes 100m Fly record, Madison Johnson (Arm) the 50m (and equalling her age group 100m record), and Callum Broadhead (Arm) the 14 years age-group record in the same event.
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Road Trip to Billingham

16 Dec 2021: The Team at Billingham Just before our 2nd road trip of the season, here's a quick flashback to the last one for the Billingham Long Distance meet.

Contesting only the 800m and 1500m Freestyle we returned home with a 60% medal tally and 96% PB ratio. For good measure Aimee Keefe (Spa) and Megan Wood (Arm) threw in a couple of age-group Dartes records as well.

An awesome job by everyone, see you same place next year?
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Results Archive Updated

8 Dec 2021: Results Archive The rest of this weekend's results are now in the archive.

A fun Sunday of racing at Swim-Along-A-Santa and Monday evening's Snow Storm meet brought home a bucket load of medals and smiling faces.

A first competitive outing for our 8 year olds at Sheffield's Snow Storm meet resulted in three Gold and four Silver medals for the pair of Emilia Keefe (Spa) and Abigail Jinks (Ros).
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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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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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New Year, New Squad Names

11 Jan 2022: To add a little clarity to the Performance Stream, we've changed the squad names slightly.

We've also taken this opportunity to add a cut-down version of P3.
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Entry Deadline: Dartes March Sprints

Level 3 Meet 23 Jan: Our internal deadline for entries for March Sprints is 5pm, Sunday 23rd January. There are no more meets before now and then, so please get your entries submitted quickly.

Read the notes on our meet calendar

Spectator tickets must be ordered at the same time as you enter the meet. Spaces are limited, so don't delay.
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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

2 Dec 2021: Meeting Minutes The minutes for our December 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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