The third Hull and District Gala held at the Ennerdale Leisure Centre on Sunday 30th May 2010 proved to be a low key affair with a number of the older swimmers missing due to exams, but despite this Kingston Upon Hull still provided the lion share of the swimmers at the gala.
Age 3 Squad
Squad coach of age 3 squad Mike Dervey was on hand to support his swimmers at the gala. In the boy's 9-year 25m butterfly, Matthew Dixon gained a silver medal in a time of 24.99. Samuel Bailey had an excellent swim and managed to touch first but unfortunately got a DQ on the start.
In the 9 year 200m breaststroke, Hannah Bird was awarded with the bronze medal after swimming strongly in a heat with mainly 10 year olds. Matthew and Samuel both had a great swim in the boy's 9-year race improving on their PB's, but unfortunately received a DQ each on their races.
Age 2 Squad
Age 2 swimmers under coach Kevin Malton produced some fine swims for the Kingston Upon Hull swimming club. Stealing the show was 9 year old Aleah Ross claiming the gold in the 25m fly swimming under 20 seconds for the first ever time and backed this up in the 200m breaststroke finishing in a time of 4.00.69 gaining a fantastic 28 second personal best and taking trophies in both events. Also gaining excellent PBs on the day were Laura Bailes who swam a 22 second PB in the 11 years 200m backstroke. Abigail Malton got a 10 second PB in the 11 years 100m freestyle and Emma Newmarch a 9 second PB in the 10 years 200m breaststroke. Jessica Mowthorpe 11 gained PBs in both her races and Abigail and Laura gained pbs in both of their other races. Also putting in a good swim on the day was Amy Greenacre and Alex Millington.
For the boys Ellis Wilson claimed the bronze medals in the boy's 11yr 100m free and 200m backstroke getting an excellent 16-second PB.
Regional Development Squad
The regional Development squad warmed up nicely for the forthcoming Hull Open in July with 13 year old Emma Beadle in outstanding form. Emma won silver in the gruelling 200m-butterfly event and had an impressive 3-second personal best swim in the 100-backstroke event. Zoe Webster also 13 swam a good technical race in the 100m backstroke despite been just outside her personal best
Dale Booth despite still recovering from a arm injury produced personal best swim in both of his events, with a 3 second improvement in the 100m breaststroke and a 2 second improvement on the 200 im event. 20 year old North East Region swimmer James Rodmell is still managing to improve his times despite having to juggle his college and work commitment with his training and lowered his personal best time in the 200m individual medley event.
The swimmers gave their all and are to be congratulated for swimming their best.