12 February 2018
N&Ds Report February 2018
Durham City Amateur Swimming and Water Polo Club have had a very successful start to 2018. Every year, the Northumberland and Durham Swimming Association Championships, known as the “N&Ds” take place in the 50m pool at Sunderland Aquatic Centre. The youngest athletes are just 9/10 years old, and every participant must qualify (achieve or exceed a target time) for every event in which they compete. Several Durham City swimmers made their N&D debut this year, whilst others were returning to the event.
Durham City has a strong swimming heritage, with the Club being the second oldest Swimming Club in Britain. This year saw an impressive 23 swimmers qualify from Durham for the N&Ds, and what an exciting competition it was for the Club! After just the first weekend of racing, Durham City had amassed 14 medals (2 Gold, 7 Silver and 5 Bronze) in a wide variety of events including all 4 strokes, Individual Medleys, and in both men’s and women’s events. The many hours of work in the pool fine-tuning technique had clearly paid off, with the athletes repeatedly demonstrating fabulous skills in the water, and many bringing home medals after withstanding strong challenges from swimmers representing other Clubs. It was certainly clear that Durham City has some very determined and focused swimmers.
The second weekend of racing was again a huge success, getting off to a great start with Thomas Graham clinching the gold medal in the distance event (1500m freestyle) on the Friday evening. Over the second weekend Durham City swimmers won another 11 medals (4 gold, 2 Silver and 5 Bronze), once again showing great drive and finesse in the pool. The Club looked very impressive throughout the competition, with Personal Best times tumbling, and with the regular appearance of Durham City swimmers in the Finals, and on the Podium.
Durham City finished the competition 9th in the 10-14 year old “Age Group” category and 8th in the 15+ years “Senior” category. Despite not being one of the largest Clubs in the area, Durham City amassed a fabulous grand total of 365 points, finishing in 8th place overall, out of the 31 clubs in the County! Well done to all involved!
Head Coach Ben Hatchett comments “The focus of the weeks leading into the meet were on race modelling and race rehearsal within a heavy block of winter training. All of the swimmers executed their race model very well and were dominant in their progression from heats to finals. The next competitive focus for the swimmers is the National Qualifying window where we are hoping to have our most representatives in recent years."