Peter, David and Megan fly the flag for Dolphins at Chesterfield open meet

David and Peter Trickett with Megan Stevenson.
David and Peter Trickett with Megan Stevenson.

Three Gainsborough Dolphins swimmers had a strong and successful start to the year at a recent open meet at Chesterfield recording 15 top three finishes over the two-day competition.

Peter and David Trickett swam on both days with Megan Stevenson joining them for the events on the Sunday, making a big impression with a small team as other members of the squad were away at another gala.

David (15) recorded seven top three finishes in the 15 and over age group, which was a great achievement with a first place in the 50m butterfly in a personal best time coming in under 30 seconds.

He also recorded five second places which were in a variety of events including 200m butterfly, 200m breaststroke and 200m IM.

One of the star performances was his 50m freestyle, where he claimed second place in a time just three-tenths of a second slower than the winner.

This time was just four-tenths outside the Midlands qualifying time.

Megan Stevenson, 16, joined the brothers on the Sunday, where she recorded personal bests in nearly all her events and recorded top three finishes in four of her five events.

Her best performances were in the 50m and 100m backstroke where she picked up first place results in personal best times.

She was also pleased with her 100m freestyle, where she just missed out on achieving the time she set out to do in a very close race. A third place also came in the 400m freestyle, an event in which she had never competed before.

Peter Trickett (18) also had a good weekend picking up four top three finishes. A steady start in the 400m freestyle on the Saturday morning recorded a fourth place in an event which he had only competed in once before.

This was followed by a third place in the 50m backstroke at the end of the morning, which he finished in a personal best time.

Second places in the 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle capped off a successful day by recording personal best times.

However, his strongest event, the 200m backstroke, was the last event of the competition, where he picked up first place in a close-fought race.

All three swimmers were pleased with their performances and are all competing in the Lincolnshire County Championships throughout March with 26 other members of the club.

Check out the club website www.gainsboroughdolphins.co.uk for more information about the club or about joining the club.