We say goodbye to Ronnie after more than a decade at the club . Everyone gave Ronnie all their best wishes and presented her with some special gifts.

It has been a superb summer of swimming for some of our top swimmers. We started at the National Open Water Festival on Sunday the 30th of July with our Masters swimmer Ian Murray, who won the 60-64 year National Open Water 1.5 k at Rother Country Park, Rotherham and followed it with the silver medal in the 3k. Brilliant swimming from a member of our Masters Squad, Membership Secretary AND club coach and qualified ASA Official. A man of many talents!!

This was swiftly followed by Tyler Watson’s success in the 13-year Boys 1.5k Open Water event, which Tyler had qualified for by finishing third at the East Region Open Water Championships on 16th July. Tyler came 16th out of 46 swimmers, a great achievement in a national event.  

The club is very proud of Tyler, who had only just recovered from the successful English Channel Relay Swim earlier in the month.  Along with his team-mates for that endeavour, he has helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

After the National Open Water Festival, attention turned to the pool, with four swimmers, Chris Murphy, Autumn Handscombe, Ed McFarland and James McFarland, competing in the Welsh Nationals in Swansea with CBSS Barracudas. Here are some highlights: Chris Murphy took the silver medal in the 100m butterfly and was 6th in the 200m. Autumn Handscombe was just squeezed out of the medals in 4th in the 14 year girls 50m backstroke. Ed McFarland took bronze in the 14 year boys 400m freestyle, was 6th in the 100m butterfly, 5th in the 200m freestyle, 7th in the 200m IM and 50m freestyle. Quite a week for Ed!

James McFarland has also had a busy time. He came 6th in the 100m butterfly and 8th in the 200m freestyle in Swansea, then dashed to Ponds Forge, Sheffield to take part in the English Summer Nationals, qualifying for the final of the 200m butterfly and finishing 7th.  

On the day that James swam in Sheffield, Imogen Lambert was already in her third event there, and had two gold medals in her pocket. Imogen had been in a training camp in Radovljica, Slovenia in mid-July, then competed in the Slovenia Telekom International Long Course Championships against swimmers from thirteen countries. She took gold in the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke and silver in the 200m IM before making her way to Sheffield for the Nationals, where she had qualified for the girls’ 12-13 year 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke events. The first of these was the 100m, and Imogen qualified fastest for the final and then delivered a perfectly-paced swim to take gold in the final.

The 200m was on the next day, and Imogen again qualified for the final. As in the 100m, she started the final steadily and was last at the 50m mark, before working her way through the field to what was in the end a clear victory and a second gold medal.  Two days later, Imogen was back for the 50m. She qualified in fifth for the final, but moved up two places in the final to take bronze.  Imogen was accompanied throughout by coach Louise King who gave her invaluable race assistance and support.

In recognition of these summer achievements, the club would like to announce that Ian Murray, Tyler Watson, James McFarland, Ed McFarland, Imogen Lambert, Autumn Handscombe and Chris Murphy are the club’s Swimmers of the Month for August.
Tyler Watson
Imogen Lambert
Our poular open meet on 21st/22nd October 2017 is now full so we are unable to accept any further entries.

Many thanks to all the clubs who have entered.
The East Region Open Water Championships, on the 15th & 16th July, marked an extremely successful event for swimmers from Flitwick Dolphins. The open water squad consisted of the swimmers:

Alistair Shaw, Tyler Watson, Chloe Ford, Katie Tompkins, Thomas Allen, Francesca Baber, Lily Moore, Ruby Ryall, Shannon Ryall, Maddie Phillips, Olivia Fowler, Simon Dove, Sophie Fowler, Emma Boost, Isaac Moon, Lilli Thompson, Judy Thompson, Nigel Halford – Open water Coach, Ian  Fowler – Open Water Coach.

The first of the great news from the event held in Norwich, is that all of the swimmers completed their swims. These people are:

800 Metres - Francesca Baber, Lily Moore, Ruby Ryall, Shannon Ryall
1500 Metres - Judy Thompson, Olivia Fowler, Simon Dove, Tyler Watson, Eloisa Miller, Sophie Fowler, Lilli Thompson, Maddie Phillips

3 Kilometres - Alistair Shaw, Ian Murray, Katie Tompkins, Thomas Allen, James McFarland, Chloe Ford, Nigel Halford, Isaac Moon

5 Kilometres - Emma Boost

In addition to these huge achievements from all of the participating swimmers at FDSC, a large proportion emerged with county, and regional medals! Our Open Water county medallists are:

Tyler Watson, who received a gold medal and is now a national qualifier;

Katie Tompkins, Francesca Baber, Isaac Moon, Eloisa Miller, and James McFarland who all received silver medals;

Lastly: Olivia Fowler and Lily Moore both received bronze medals, for their respective 1500m and 800m swims.

Our club also saw 7 swimmers receive regional medals at the Championships in Norwich. These are as follows:

Ian Murray received a gold medal for his 3 Kilometre swim;

Alistair Shaw and Thomas Allen both swam 3 Kilometres, Simon Dove swam 1500 Metres, and Francesca Baber swam 800 Metres. These swimmers received silver medals for their swims;

Lastly, Judy Thompson and Emma Boost achieved bronze for their 1500 Metre, and and 5 Kilometre open water swims.

As these results make evident, the East Region Open Water Championships showed Flitwick Dolphins’ swimmers to be at the top of their game, with 13 of them receiving medals overall!
Congratulations to Imogen Lambert for her swimming in Slovenia at the weekend. Imogen achieved a gold in her age category for 50 breaststroke. In her 100 breaststroke she gained a personal best time of 1.17.44 and also in the 200 breaststroke a personal-best time of 2.48.53. Imogen also won a silver medal in the 200 IM with a PB time of 2.35.02

Imogen made the finals in all of the breaststroke races, coming fourth in the 100 breaststroke as well as making the finals in the IM.

Imogen and her family sent the club a message saying “Thanks for all of your support with her training. It really helped her”.   

Imogen will be representing Flitwick Dolphins  in the forthcoming Nationals taking place in Sheffield and we wish her all the best of  luck for her swimming at the National competition.
Imogen Nationals 2017