Level X Series 2 Final Rankings
Level X has been an exciting new concept for Swindon Dolphin Squad swimmers during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it has kept racing alive and at the heart of what we do.
Level X was an idea generated by Swim England to allow swimmers to compete against others across the country without leaving their home pool. It has given all swimmers the opportunity to take part in a series of time-trials across all strokes and distances, with the times achieved being submitted to the Swim England Ranking system. Swindon Dolphin were able to run many rounds of Level X during their club training sessions over the last few months.
26,000 swimmers across Britain took part in Series 2 of Level X Racing, and the results for Swindon Dolphin swimmers were nothing short of exceptional, with the team picking up four silver medals, one bronze medal and twenty-three other top 20 finishes!
Phoebe Kerley (10) showed great strength and depth across a range of events and strokes, with her best achievement coming in the 800m Freestyle, where she picked up a silver medal. Phoebe also achieved 5th in the 400m IM, 13th in the 200m IM, 15th in the 200m Freestyle, 18th in the 200m Backstroke and 19th in the 100m Butterfly. A young swimmer who is certainly one to look out for in the future!
Not to be outdone by his team-mate, Jacob Burton (10) displayed striking versatility across a range of disciplines, with his top result being achieved in the 1500m Freestyle, where he finished in the silver medal position. Jacob also finished in the top ten in two other events, with a 5th and 8th place finish in the 400m IM and 200m IM.
The dynamic-duo of Riley Watts (10) and Fletcher Mutton (10) finished close behind one another in the 800m Freestyle, finishing with silver and bronze respectively. Evan Kane (11) added to the medal tally in the distance event, with a silver medal for his efforts in the 800m Freestyle. A fine display of racing from these three boys showed that they clearly had a strong aerobic base, along with excellent skills.
Medallists Left to Right: Jacob Burton, Riley Watts, Phoebe Kerley, Fletcher Mutton and Evan Kane.
Giacomo Fatica (15) is an S9 classified swimmer who produced some impressive swims during Series 2 of Level X, including 5th in 200m Breaststroke, 11th in 100m Butterfly and 18th in 50m Butterfly.
Gethin Jenks (11) and Ryan Lees (11) backed up some impressive swims in the 800m Freestyle event, with Gethin finishing in 6th and Ryan finishing in 8th. Given that this was the first time the boys had competed in the event, there will surely be more to come in the future.
Megan Watts (13) placed 12th and 19th in the 100m and 50m Butterfly events, whilst Sophie King (12) secured a 15th place finish in the 50m Breaststroke. Both girls have recently been selected for Development Camps, with Megan selected for Phase 1 of the Swim England National Development Programme 2021-22, and Sophie selected for the Swim England South West 12 years Development Camp.
Our youngest swimmer to place in the top 20 nationally was Harriet Matthews (9), who claimed a fantastic 15th position in the 200m IM and 16th position in the 200m Freestyle. Alfie Workman (12) finished in a brilliant 18th position in the 1500m Freestyle event.
Congratulations to all swimmers who took part in each of the Swindon Dolphin Level X events. As coaches, we are not just proud of the swimmers results in the pool, but outside of the pool too. Every swimmer at Swindon Dolphin has showed an astounding enthusiasm and excitement for the sport of swimming, and their endless support for their friends and team-members is just great to see.
As Level X draws to a close, the coaches and swimmers now look forward to other upcoming events, including the Swindon Dolphin Club Championships and other local open meets. The Wiltshire County Championships will take place in early 2022, where Swindon Dolphin swimmers will be hoping to make their mark!