Southampton Dolphins Swimming Club is a competitive junior swimming club catering for talented swimmers from 6 to 18. The club is run with an emphasis on achieving the highest possible competitive levels whilst maintaining a fun friendly atmosphere and great team spirit. New Head Coach Rebecca Richards is ably supported by Paul Dollery, Clodagh Dear, Rob Young and AJ Harnett. GB Coach Matt Heathcock assists with Coach education, training plans and skill sessions.
The club was formed in 1993 and invited the best swimmers from Shirley Swimming Pool into the club and introduced them to competitive swimming. By the early 2000’s the club had become a teaching club with an emphasis on technique and strokes, swimmers could take part in up to three sessions a week including water polo and rookie lifeguard. Swimmers could remain with the club until they turned 13.
In 2007 the Dolphin sessions were increased and a head coach appointed. Swimmers could now remain at the club beyond the age of 13 and the club retained the majority of its members well into their teenage years.
In March 2010 with the continued success in local competition and ever increasing numbers, the pool operator decided to offer swimmers who wanted to progress their swimming the chance to remain at Shirley Swimming Pool. The club was restructured and registered with the ASA club code SDOS. More hours were made available for training and land training was introduced.
From its reregistration the club has evolved and gone from strength to strength , having great success at County, Regional, National and International level.
Every year since the club first entered the Hampshire County Championships in 2011 they have produced at least one County Champion. Over two successive seasons (2015 and 2016) the club won 56 Hampshire County Championship medals which is unprecedented for a club of it’s size. But this was emphatically eclipsed in 2017 with the team winning an astonishing 79 Hampshire County Medals, 31 Gold, 26 Silver and 22 Bronze ranking third in the County medal table. 2017 was a historic and record breaking year with the club winning it’s first team and open relay title in the ladies 4 X 200m freestyle event, Isabella Fraser-Corbridge (14) won the ladies open 100m butterfly just 0.20s off the all time county record and Max Nugent (16) qualified for men’s open finals for the first time in the clubs history.
The club has also enjoyed Regional success increasing qualification at this level year after year with its first qualifier in 2012 through to a club record 15 qualifiers in 2017. The club have also won a multitude of medals at Regional level, in 2014 Filip Fraczek-Krygier became a Regional Champion in the boys 11 years 200m freestyle. In 2015 Amy Thompson (16) won a Bronze Medal in the 50m Breaststroke becoming the first swimmer from the club to win a medal at the youth/open championships.
Later that year Amy Thompson (16) and Filip Fraczek-Krygier (13) qualified for the ASA Summer Nationals for the first time in the clubs history, Amy in the 50m Breaststroke and Filip in the 50m Freestyle.
In 2016 Isabella Fraser-Corbridge (14) became the first swimmer from the club to qualify for the British Swimming Championships. Isabella swam in the 50m Butterfly finishing 15th in Great Britain. In 2017 Max Nugent (16) became the first Dolphins swimmer to qualify for a British Championships final finishing 9th in the 50m BF, whilst Kate Baxter qualified for an astonishing 9 British and Summer National events.
Kate Baxter (12) became the first swimmer to represent the club in a National final at the ASA Summer Nationals in 2016. Kate qualified for the 200m and 400m FS finals finishing 8th and 10th respectively. Filip Fraczek-Krygier (14) also swam at the ASA Summer Nationals producing outstanding results becoming the ASA Summer National Champion in the 50m FS and claimed the silver in the 100m FS becoming the first swimmer in the club to win a national medal and national title. In 2017 Max Nugent (16) replicated his friends achievment by winning the 100m BF in 58.11 and Kate Baxter (14) took Silver in the 200m IM and Bronze in the 100m BK.
The club also actively take part in Biathlon’s (separate swim and run). In 2015 Kate Baxter, Fae Thompson and Max Nugent made the National Schools Finals at the Olympic Park in London. Kate finished a fantastic 7th Nationally. This inspired more swimmers to take part and 13 Dolphin swimmers qualified for the 2016 National Finals where Kate Baxter claimed a national silver medal and best swim.
In July 2016 Rhyseren Taylor (9) became the first swimmer from the club to represent Great Britain in the European Biathle. A year younger than most of the other competitors Rhyseren finished an amazing 7th in Europe. In the team event (top 3 athletes) Rhyseren took Gold for team GB. The following year in 2017 Dolphins swimmer Lucy Phillips also represented GB in the European Biathle winning Bronze in the 13 years and under category aged just 10!
The club is structured into two sections, Club and Competitive. Club is for swimmers who aim at club and league gala’s with a training commitment of up to three sessions a week. Competitive is for swimmers who want to work towards County, Regional and National level swimming with a training commitment of 4 or more sessions a week.
Club Squad – (6-16yrs). Swimmers can take part in up to three sessions a week with the main focus on stroke work, technique, dives and turns. Swimmers compete in club and league galas across the local area.
Competitive – This section comprises of Junior County (8-12yrs),County (12-18yrs), Junior Performance (9-12yrs) and Performance (12-18yrs). Swimmers take part in a minimum of four sessions a week through to a six day a week training program in Performance for swimmers aiming at Regional and National qualification. The focus in this section is twofold, high level technique for racing and physical conditioning for performing based on a swimmers stage of development. The program runs in line with LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) which means swimmers receive the right type and volume of training throughout the growth and development years. Swimmers in this section regularly compete in ASA licensed open meets where electronic timing is used and swimmers times are recorded on the ASA rankings. Swimmers are aiming at achieving qualification at major events in the British Swimming structure starting with Hampshire County Championship through to Nationals.
Swimmers in these squads have the following opportunities;
Periodised 50m pool training
Additional land training / gym sessions