Aquatics

Dartmoor Darts have record number of qualifiers for British Summer Champs

DARTMOOR Darts Aquatic have had a record number of swimmers qualify for this month’s British Summer National Championships.

The Darts, who were only founded in August 2017, have had five members secure places for 11 different events at the prestigious competition, which will be held at Glasgow’s Tollcross International Pool between July 22 and July 28.

However, Cameron Williams, who starred at last year’s championships, will not be able to take up his places as he will be making his international debut for Great Britain at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku.

Williams, who becomes Darts’ first GB international, is one of 16 swimmers Britain are sending to Azerbaijan for the festival that starts on Sunday.

“Representing our country is always a dream and an honour for any athlete and I’m very excited to have that opportunity.

“This is going to be an experience on so many levels and I’m very much looking forward to take up the challenge and competing with the many other fine athletes from around Europe and see how I perform.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have great support from my family, my coach (who is also my uncle) and my club.”

While he will be competing against Europe’s up-and-coming stars, team-mates Shay Brent, Hollie Steer Emily Morgan-Hughes and Matt Plumb will be competing against Britain’s in Glasgow.

Morgan-Hughes, 15, will be the first Dartmoor Darts swimmer in action when she takes part in the 50 breaststroke event on Tuesday. She will also swim in the 200m breaststroke on the Wednesday and the 100m breaststroke on the Sunday (July 28).

Brent, also 15, and 16-year-old Steer will also compete on Wednesday. Brent will compete in the 200m butterfly, while Steer will open her championships with the 200m breaststroke. She will also swim on the following Sunday in the 100m breaststroke.

Plumb, 16, has to wait until the Saturday to finally get into the pool when he takes part in the 50m freestyle.

Dartmoor Darts’ coach Matthew Henry said: “We are sending a record number of swimmers to British Summer Nationals this year and looking to further our success we had from last year. All our swimmers have worked very hard this season to reach their peak for this competition.”

Dartmoor Darts are based in Tavistock and their swimmers come from there, Plymouth or Ivybridge. It is the third year they have had swimmers attend the national championships.

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