A celebration of the achievements of Doncaster's swimmers at the highest levels of domestic competition. From the early years of Dartes' history, through the heydays of the 1980s and 1990s, the turbulant times at the change of the millenium, all the way to the present day and the exciting future that awaits us. These pages represent Doncaster Dartes at its finest.
All Time Medal Table - Championship Tradition
To be included in the
Dartes all-time medal table, you need to have been one or more of the following:
- ASA National Finalist
- North East Region medal winner
- Yorkshire County medal winner
Doncaster Dartes has a rich tradition of winning medals at County, Regional, and National levels and here is where we celebrate that tradition. Whereas the individual all-time medal table has gaps at County/Regional level during the 1990s, the club's Championships Medal Tallies are thought to be accurate for all competitions going back to 1988.
As with any historical record, there are limitations regarding the accuracy over such a long period of time. Every effort has been made to ensure correctness. If you know of any missing data, or find any errors, please contact the webmaster with the relevant results sheets.
National Squads and Animal Squads through the Years
Earning a spot on the Doncaster Dartes National Squad is traditionally a badge of honour. A special commemorative shirt and swim cap is also yours to remember it by. The achievement suggests that you're probably in the top 40 swimmers in your event in the country. Here we celebrate how many events our individual swimmers and teams have qualified for each year.
|National Squads over the years|
|Animal Squads over the years|
2014 and earlier Nationals was a single British-wide event based on qualifying times. Since 2015 it's been split between British (top 24 ranked, or 18 for 1500/800), and Home Nations for the remainder.
A place in the Animal Squad by contrast, is achievable by all.
Simply get an appropriate swim on the rankings system while representing Dartes.
Qualifying events are:
- 200m Butterfly
- 400m IM
- 800m Freestyle (mainly just the girls)
- 1500m Freestyle (mainly just the boys)
Since its inception in 2010, the Animal Squad has raised the profile of those big events like never before. Today, it's more normal to see our young athletes attempting them than shying away from them. Indeed, everyone in Phase 4 upwards is encouraged to complete the whole range of events each season.
Come back regularly to watch both squads grow throughout the season.
Better still, get yourself included in them.
Individual Stardom: Significant Records Achieved and National Team Representation
Over the years Doncaster Dartes have claimed numerous records at Yorkshire and British level. Here's our attempt to keep track of who's set what before the next generation comes along and wipes them from the record books.
We're also piecing together the club's history of representation on National teams. This goes back to the early 1990s (currently with huge gaping holes), but is accurate from the turn of the century. It includes British Junior teams at European Junior Championships, etc.
Finally we honour our hard working coaches and the call-ups to various coaching teams that they've enjoyed over the years.
Unfortunately, these are the least well remembered achievements of the club, but are accurate from 2005 onwards.
Star Performers ...
Doncaster Dartes has won more than its fair share of Top Club competitions and similar. In the past we've travelled as far a field as Germany to contest international meets (and won), in addition to the usual championships and open meets in the UK. The club has also been honoured at the Doncaster Sports Awards.