Junior Grand Prix Swim Series 2019
The 2019 Junior Grand Prix swim series took place this Autumn, with the final round being held at Alfreton Leisure Centre last weekend. It was a very successful set of galas, supported by 12 clubs from around Derbyshire, with more swimmers entering than ever before in this, the third year that the event has been held.
The JGP series comprises three galas, with novice swimmers from all over Derbyshire able to enter the event. It is organised by the county elite swim squad Derventio Excel on behalf of the Derbyshire Amateur Swimming Association, to give Derbyshire swimmers aged between 9 and 11 years some experience of competitive swimming. The gala series gives them the opportunity to qualify for the Long Course County Championships in December at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, and the Short Course County Championships in February at Matlock.
Swimmers from 12 Derbyshire clubs competed: Ashbourne, Belper, Buxton, City of Derby, Derby Phoenix, Dronfield Dolphins, Eckington, Etwall, Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Ripley and Swadlincote.
A total of 234 young Derbyshire swimmers took part, doing a total of 1,132 swims between them. The atmosphere poolside was fantastic, with the spectators doing a great job of supporting and encouraging the swimmers.
Follow this link for results http://derventioexcel.org.uk/results-archive/
The top 3 boy and girl swimmers in each age group will receive medals, to be presented at the Long Course County Championships in December. All swimmers will also receive a certificate of participation.
Congratulations to all the young swimmers who participated. Hopefully this will encourage more swimmers to take part in the sport, and follow in the footsteps of other Derbyshire swimmers like Adam Peaty, Molly Renshaw and Imogen Clark who all swim for Great Britain.
British Age Group Records Smashed – October 2018
It was a summer of smashed records for DX swimmer Jacob Whittle as he broke numerous British Age Group records at this summers National Championships.
Whittle set British Age Group records in the 50m and 100m freestyle as well as the 50m backstroke.
And he set English Age Group records in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, as well as the 50m backstroke.
In total, he won two golds, three silver and two bronze.
That added to the golds won by Derventio’s Mia Slevin in the 200m freestyle and Ryan reader in the open water.
Derventio now has three national champions in its performance squads and continues to build on the success of the last few years, with the programme producing British record breakers in the last five seasons.
Summer National Success – October 2018
DX Swimmers put in scorching performances inline with the summer heatwave to create an impressive list of Summer National medalists, finalists and entries. The full list of honours can be found below.
British Summer Championships, 24-29th July 2018, Sheﬃeld
Mia Slevin 15yrs 200 Free
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 100 Free 13yrs British & English NAG Record
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 200 Free 13yrs English NAG Record
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 400 Free
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 200 IM
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 50 Free 13yrs British & English NAG Record
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 50 Back 13yrs British & English NAG Record
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 50 Fly
Total medals = 8
Finalist/top ten ﬁnish
Ryan Reader 19yrs+ 400 Free
Mia Slevin 15yrs 100 Back
Adam Banks 15yrs 1500 Free
Ryan Reader 19yrs+ 1500 Free
DX Girls 14-16yrs 4×200 Free team (Slevin, Torrington, Watt, Hall)
Harmony Torrington 13/14yrs 1500 Free
Josh Pemberton 17/18yrs 200 Breast
Mia Slevin 15yrs 100 Free
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 100 Fly
Mia Slevin 15yrs 200 Back
Ryan Reader 19yrs+ 800 Free
Mia Slevin 15yrs 400 Free
Karl Morgan 19yrs+ 50 Free
Mia Slevin 15yrs 50 Back
DX Boys 14-16yrs 4×100 Free team (Whittle, Evans, Raynard, Wyatt)
Total ﬁnals = 23
Swim England National Open Water Championships, 30th July 2018, Rother Valley
Gold – Ryan Reader 19yrs+ 5km
DX Competitors: George Whittle, Leah Burgin-Rawson, Poppy Mead, James Wright, Eja Coe, Sophie Busby, Adam Banks, George Atkin, Ryan Huddart
Swim England National Summer Meet, 31st July-4th August 2018, Sheﬃeld
Toby Arnold 17yrs 200 Breast
Beth Thomas 17yrs+ 50 Breast
Charlotte Hall 16yrs 200 Free
Charlotte Hall 16yrs 100 Free
Ryan Huddart 17yrs 800 Free
Total medals = 5
Finalist/top ten ﬁnish
Ryan Huddart 17yrs 1500 Free
Billy Hogg 17yrs 100 Free
Harmony Torrington 14yrs 400 Free
Casper Raynard 16yrs 800 Free
Naomi Dilley 16yrs 200 Back
Ryan Huddart 17yrs 400 Free
Total ﬁnals = 11
Junior Grand Prix – December 2017
The inaugural DASA Grand Prix took place in the Autumn of 2017, and featured 3 galas organised by Derventio Excel. The aim was to give 9-11-year-old Derbyshire swimmers a taste of competitive swimming, and to give them an opportunity to qualify for the Derbyshire County Championships next Spring by competing at these licensed events. It also gave swimmers a chance to race using Automated Timing Equipment (AOE) with timing pads. The galas were judged as any licensed meet would be, and, allthough this led to a number of disqualifications, it gave the swimmers an opportunity to learn from their mistakes!
In all there were 676 swims, with the second round proving very popular with the 50m freestyle being very well supported.
Nine clubs were represented: City of Derby, Long Eaton, Belper Marlin, Ripley, Rykneld, Derby Phoenix, Ilkeston, Eckington and Etwall, with City of Derby scoring the most points over the 3 galas, Ripley were second and Ilkeston third.
There were awards for the first placed swimmers in each age group over the 3 galas. The top male aged 11 was Ripley’s George Whittle, with Ilkeston’s Finley O’Neill taking the 10-year-old’s title, and Etwall’s Dominic Taylor was top 9-year-old boy. For the girls, City of Derby’s Lucy Seymour was top 11-year-old, with Ripley’s Emily Lyons top 10-year-old, and Rykneld’s Daisy Brown top 9-year-old.
There was a wide spread of clubs represented for ‘top swimmer’, with no one club dominating the galas.
Following the success of the series, the Grand Prix will be run again in 2018. The dates and venues are currently being finalised, and it is hoped that more clubs from round the County will enter swimmers and also more from each club.
Congratulations to all the swimmers who participated, we look forward to welcoming you again this year.