The black and gold colours of Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club were flying higher than ever after a sparkling performance at the Major Oak Open Meet, hosted by Mansfield Swimming Club at the Water Meadows complex.
Over the two days of competition, the Sherwood squad bagged almost 100 medals to earn themselves an outstanding runners-up place in the top visiting club competition.
They also finished in the first three in two of the top boy swimmer awards and clocked a huge number of individual personal best and 2016 county championship qualifying times. All this despite fielding a relatively small squad and focusing on quality swims rather than quantity.
Leading the Sherwood medalfest was 11-year-old Dawid Sroka with eight golds and three silvers. He amassed 66 points to finish second in the top boy contest, only four points off first place.
Consistent swimming by Sroka’s 12-year-old teammate, Joseph Sadler, earned him the third podoum spot in the top boy competition with 61 points from a haul of six golds and five silvers.
Sherwood’s other boys’ squad medallists included 12-year-olds Nick Meldrum and William Darrington, 13-year-olds Adam Pring and Bailey Ward, and 14-year-old Liam Meikle.
In the girls’ gala, ten-year-old Olivia Barrett dominated her age group’s breaststroke races, heading home with all three gold medals from the 50m, 100m and 200m events.
Thirteen-year-old Abbie Scott’s medal tally included all four golds from the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle races, while 14-year-old Lily Boseley took both golds on offer in the individual medley events.
Among Sherwood’s other girl medallists were ten-year-old Grace Manson, 11-year-old Suranne Cave, 12-year-olds Gracie Clifton, Rebecca Hyatt and Amelia Tunnicliffe, 13-year-olds Rebecca Fisher, Shannon Barrett and Millie Standen, 14-year-olds Evie Timms, Natalee Meldrum and Emily James, 15-year-olds Jade Young and Holly Whitehead, and 17-year-old Emily Waldram.
Several swimmers from the club were just pipped to medals, but they still reaped the rewards of their hard work in the pool and gained vital points towards the overall top visiting club total. They included Matthew Hull, Matthew Radford, Owen Ben Sladen, Owen Wakefield, Isabel Fletcher and Emily Keen.
The meet was another boost for the long-established club, which was founded back in 1934 by a small group of employees at the former Sherwood Colliery.
The club’s home pool was refurbished in 2010 and re-named the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre in recognition of its very own double gold Olympic champion. Adlington started her career with Sherwood Colliery in 1997 before becoming one of the country’s greatest swimmers in the history of the sport, with four Olympic medals in total.