Months of high-intense training and preparation have paid off for the swimmers of the West Dorset Swimming Club as they dominated the recently concluded Dorset County Swimming Championship. A grand total of 56 swimmers from the prestigious club have qualified at the county level of qualification while 147 swimmers achieved personal best records in the recently concluded competition.
Leading the club’s victorious swimmers are four gold medallists namely Lauren McRobbie in the girls’ division 100m backstroke, Holly Johnson in the girls’ division 100m butterfly, Lauren Osgood in the girls 100m backstroke and Leon Mowlem in the boys 100m butterfly. A total of 19 silver medals and 14 bronze medals were also contributed by Nikita Miah, Jessamy Fursman, Lauren Osgood, Amelia Chaffey, Grace Chaffey, Lauren McRobbie, Holly Johnson, and Abigail Barnes in the girls’ division and Daniel Kingman, Leon Mowlem, and Henry Wyrill in the boys’ division.
There were several swimmers who broke the personal and club record during the entire competition, including McRobbie who broke 4 club records in the 15-year-old girls’ category for the 200, 100, 50m backstroke and the 200m freestyle event. Leon Mowlem also broke the 100m individual medley record along with the 50m butterfly club record. For Henry Wyrill, he broke the 200m individual medley record together with the 50m backstroke club record. There were other swimmers from the club who have broken several records, making coach Colin Cracknell proud of their performance.
Overall, the West Dorset Swimming Club saw 25 from their 56 swimmer competitors reach the final rounds of the prestigious swimming event. The tournament also saw West Dorset’s Richard Green receive his long service award which is a long-time coming for the club legend.
The next few months, however, will be busy for the club’s swimmers as they prepare for the next competitions including several South West regional qualifying tournaments in Millfield, Bournemouth, and Plymouth.