The first open gala of the season took place today at Ponds Forge and it was long course – always good for a first gala. We had 20 swimmers today, some were there at silly o’clock on a Sunday, a few managed to get a lie in and join us at 1pm but ALL of them swam their socks off and came home with shiny things and PB’s a plenty.

A big shout out to our long course gala debutantes today. You will have found out that it is a blt different to swimming short course and that long course times can be very different to short course times. Don’t compare the two – they are completely separate swims requiring different skills and tactics. You all have some nice new long course PB’s to beat now. Special mention to Jensen McDermott who came to his first ever open gala to be greeted with a 50m pool. If he was nervous, he didn’t show it. 2 100m swims resulted in 2 medals. Not bad for someone who’s not long turned 9 and in B Squad. Well done Jensen, we hope you have the bug for doing more galas now. Pleasure to have you with us today.

Our swimming friends in red and black have something called the ‘Animal Squad’ and they encourage as many swimmers as possible to attempt the ‘big events’ and 2 of them were on offer today – the 400 IM and the 200m fly. Would Adwick have anyone brave (or daft) enough to tackle them? Step forward 2 brave souls – Noah Brown took on the 400 IM and Holly Hargrave stepped up to the 200m fly. Both swam so well in these two events and new long course pb’s and no DQ’s their rewards, and to those of you who did get a DQ and were a bit upset about it; it happens. Learn from it, move on and be determined to smash it next time.

Huge congratulations to everyone who swam. Special mentions to Imogen Rushton who just left everyone standing in every race, Darcy Randall who showed us just how good she is at breaststroke, Carys Rosser who gave everything in every race, Brandon Sykes coming back from injury to make it look like he’d never been away, Thomas Staniforth who made every event look so easy (and he had some BIG swims today) and Brianna Underwood who showed us all that the ‘oldies’ still have it. Thank you for being such a great role model to our younger swimmers Brianna, we will miss you.

A great team spirit today, everyone cheering their team-mates on in every race – we certainly were a noisy bunch! We were even cheering on a City of Sheffield swimmer, Daisy Haigh, as although she was wearing a red hat today, we know she is blue through and through

Again, a massive well done to EVERYONE who swam today – you are an utter credit to us and we are so proud of you all

Thanks as ever to the poolside staff for your help and support today: Kathie Wordsworth, Carol Shepheard and Cheryl ‘7.15’ Pinder.

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