Record for Jess as Dartes win 27 medals

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DONCASTER Dartes’ swimmers made another big splash in the second of this season’s Yorkshire Championships at Leeds.

Club swimmers netted 27 medals - seven gold, eight silver and 12 bronze.

Jess Gillatt (14) proved to be one of the club’s stand-out swimmers. She bagged a bronze breaststroke medal in both the 100m and 200m events - breaking the club record by four seconds - and left herself 0.8 seconds away from a national qualifying time.

Jess held onto the leaders all the way through the race including the third 50m which is always the hardest length.

Max Litchfield (17) won gold in the 100m backstroke, Younger brother Joe (13) won both the 100m and 200m backstroke, and finished second in the 200m butterfly, 200m breaststroke and 400m individual medley. He also gained a national qualifying time in 100m backstroke.

Mark Beech (12) won gold in the 200m backstroke, silver in the 1,500m freestyle and bronze in the 100m backstroke.

Jamie Clarke (15) won silver medals in the 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley. He also won bronze in the 100m backstroke and 1,500m freestyle.

Jarvis Parkinson (13) took the honours in the 200m breaststroke, and finished in bronze medal position in the 200m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 400m individual medley.

Robbie Casson (9) won a bronze n 200m backstroke and silver in 200m freestyle. It’s very unusual for someone of his age to get the timing of each length bang on. But that’s exactly what the Doncaster youngster did on his way to 200m silver..

Alex Pollard (13). smashed Max Litchfield’s club-record of 18 minutes .22 seconds when landing bronze in the 1,500m freestyle in 18 minutes 06 - just 15 seconds or so off a national qualifying time,.

He is Dartes’ man of the Championships so far after scaring some of the more established names in Yorkshire over the last two weekends. He’s now only 0.49 seconds away from 100m backstroke national qualifying time.

Gill Clarke (9) bagged golds in the 200m breaststroke and 200m Individual medley. Chantelle Waugh (10) won silver in the 200m individual medley.

Although finishing outside the medals, Georgia Wright (13) and Katie Pendlebury (13) both underlined their massive improvement by reaching the final of their respective events.