Wins for local kids

The second round of the Notts ASA Stage 1 league galas took place in Mansfield, with many Retford swimmers getting their first chance to race over 50m outside the club.

They faced stiff competition from swimmers representing teams from Mansfield, Kimberley, Leander B and CABSc A.

The first half of the evening saw two wins for Retford.

The first came from the girls 10/11 years 4 x 50m medley relay team of Molly Burgess, Alice Richards, Mia Hunt and Aoife Chambers-Hey.

And this was quickly followed by a win for Hunt in the 10/under 50m Freestyle.

However, against the bigger clubs the rest of the Retford team struggled to make top placings.

By the halfway stage Retford were in fourth place with 48 points.

Undeterred, the Retford youngsters put in a strong performance in the second half.

Alice Walker touched first in the 9/under 50m Breaststroke and Hunt claimed her second individual victory in the 10/under 50m Butterfly.

Poppy Livingstone and Chambers-Hey came in first in the 9/under 50m Freestyle and 11/under 50m Butterfly respectively and Ethan Dixon claimed the final victory in the boys 11/under 50m Butterfly.

At the end of the evening Retford had closed the gap a little, but it was not enough to push them into third place.

The final placings were as follows: 1st Kimberley 161 points; 2nd CABSc 127 points; 3rd Mansfield 119 points; 4th Retford 108 points; 5th Leander 88 points.

The following swimmers recorded personal best times:

50m Breaststroke: Emma Wright, Charlie Randall, Alice Walker.

50m Backstroke: Isobel Cobb, George Woodsford, Tizzy Baines, George Hall, Ben Clark, Harry Barr.

50m Freestyle: Lydia Walker, Charlie Hunt, Isabella Hobson-Corbett, Makar Babenko.

25m Butterfly: Mia Kay, Charles Richards

50m Butterfly: Ben Atkinson, Mia Hunt, Aoife Chambers-Hey.