Clitheroe Dolphins’ Jack impresses for North Lancs

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CLITHEROE Dolphins’ Jack Stanley represented a very strong North Lancashire team in the annual Interassociation Gala.

Swimming against teams from across the whole of the North West, the 11-year-old helped North Lancashire run out clear winners by 127 points from Liverpool, with Bolton and Manchester third, ahead of Cumbria and Central Lancashire.

Jack swam in the tough 200m Butterfly and beat his previous best time by six seconds to win his heat and finish in fifth place overall.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins’ Arena League team travelled to Leigh for the second gala of the season, with a number of last minute changes due to injury and illness keeping the coach and team manager on their toes.

Having just pipped Knutsford and Stretford in the first gala, they knew that it would be close.

Abbi Procter won the first race of the evening, the 100m IM, to set out Dolphins’ intentions, but the result changed hands on several occasions through the gala.

Four successive firt places towards the end of the individual races strengthened Dolphins’ position, and the team held on to the lead until the end.

The final result was Clitheroe 218, Stretford 213, Knutsford 210, Buckley 205, Bootle and Liverpool 132.

The following swimmers won their races: Abbi Procter, Girls’ Open 100m IM, Girls’ Open 100m Butterfly; Jack Stanley, Boys’ 10/11 50m Butterfly; Katie Gaffing, Girls’ 14/15 100m Butterfly; Ella Sharma, Girls’ 10/11 50m Breaststroke; Harvey Griffin, Boys’ 10/11 50m Breaststroke; Megan Davidson, Girls’ 14/15 100m Freestyle; Will Murray, Boys’ 14/15 100m Freestyle; Jack Stanley, Boys’ 10/11 50m Freestyle; Charlie Coy, Girls’ 12/13 50m Freestyle; Harvey Haworth, Boys’ 12/13 50m Freestyle; Millie Wood, Girls’ 14/15 100m Breaststroke; Louise Highton, Girls’ Open 100m Freestyle; Boys’ 9-11 50m Freestyle Team (Patrick Enion, Alasdair Moir, Jack Stanley, Harvey Griffin); Girls’ 14/15 50m Freestyle Team (Amelia Wood, Katie Gaffing, Megan Davidson, Abbi Procter); Boys’ 9-11 50m Medley Team (Patrick Enion, Alasdair Moir, Jack Stanley, Harvey Griffin); Girls’ 14/15 50m Medley Team (Amelia Wood, Katie Gaffing, Megan Davidson, Abbi Procter).

The result means that Dolphins are currently in fifth place in the table which puts them into the promotion swim off in December against very tough opposition.