THE final gala of the season for the Micro A team turned out to be by far the toughest as four strong teams fought to the end for points.
Dolphins knew that Liverpool Penguins had to beat them by more than 21 points to claim the league title and they took an early lead – nine points ahead after 12 races.
After 36 races, their lead had extended to 21 points and Dolphins found themselves in fourth place with Burnley and Blackburn also winning races to make it tight.
The cannon at the end changed hands several times showing just how tight the gala had been. Unfortunately for Dolphins, after so many galas with no disqualifications, they picked up 4 DQs in events. Burnley and Blackburn also raised their game resulting in only seven first places compared to 18 in the previous gala. All of this combined to mean that Liverpool beat Dolphins to the title by two points. The final result was: Liverpool Pengiuns 137 pts, Clitheroe Dolphins 114 pts, Burnley Aquatics 114 pts, Blackburn 114 pts.
The result does mean that the Dolphins will swim off on September 8th for a chance of promotion and maybe revenge over Liverpool!
The following swimmers won their events:
Relays, Boys Under 9 Medley Relay (Harry Wood, Charles Brass, Oliver Timmins, Drew Coulston).
Individual Events, Girls Under 10s 50m Breaststroke Alice Fox; Boys Under 9 25m Breaststroke Drew Coulston; Boys Under 10 50m Backstroke Alasdair Moir; Boys Under 11 50m Butterfly Jack Stanley; Boys Under 11 50m Freestyle Jack Stanley; Girls U11 50m Breaststroke Hannah Procter.
The results also meant that Dolphins have a number of top 10 performers in Division B.
Top of the pile with seven first places and only one second place giving him second place overall for the boys was Jack Stanley.
Also featuring for the boys was Drew Coulston in sixth and Alastair Moir in eighth. For the girls, Hannah Procter finished in third place and Alice Fox in fourth. For the boys’ relay teams, the fantastic Under 9s finished second overall and the Under 12s were sixth. For the girls, the Under 12s were eighth and the Under 10s were ninth.