Darlington Amateur Swimming Club (DASC)
The main focus of the swimming section of DASC is to encourage competitive swimming. The club mostly caters for children and young people, but may have limited spaces available for older experienced swimmers.
Children should have reached at least Level 7 on the NPTS (or equivalent) before applying to join.
The main club nights for DASC are at the Dolphin Centre on:
Tuesdays: 6.15pm - 9.15pm
Sundays: 4.00pm - 7.00pm
Squads also train at other pools on other days.
Darlington Amateur Swimming Club [external link]
Darlington Diving Club (part of DASC)
Darlington Dolphin Masters Swimming Club
For adult swimmers (18 years and over) who wish to improve their fitness and stroke technique. Training takes place in the main pool.
Mondays and Thursdays: 8.00pm - 9.00pm (ASA Coach present on Mondays)
During the summer there is an active Open Water group.
For further information and contact details see the Darlington Dolphin Masters website [external link].
Darlington Dolphins are a small friendly dive club that welcomes old and new members to dive for fun, or to progress through training to obtain additional qualifications.
For further information and contact details see the Darlington Dolphins website [external link].
DASC success at British Swimming Championships 2019
Harriet Rogers from Darlington Swimming Club competed in the British Swimming Championships held in the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow. Harriet set her sights on success at this level from the start of the season. Training in the pool under Head Coach, Glen Fenby, and also in the gym at the Dolphin Centre with Strength and Conditioning physiotherapist Andrew Appleyard, she has focussed all year on winning medals against the best British swimmers of her age.
Harriet qualified to compete in three events in the 15 years age group – 50m and 100m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly. She won two silver medals and made a third final, recording two excellent personal best times on the way, each time raising her game between heat and final swims to better her time when it mattered most.
She started with 50m Butterfly, qualifying for the final and lowering her best time to 28.79 to finish 10th. On the next day she competed in her favoured event, 50m Freestyle, qualifying from the heat in first place and winning a silver medal in a very tight final, just missing out on gold by 0.07 seconds, with less than a second separating all ten finalists. In her last event, rather than allow her narrow defeat in the 50m to deflate her, she came out determined to excel and swam a brilliant personal best time of 58.37 in the final to clinch an unexpected but very well-contested silver medal against a high calibre field.
Harriet learnt to swim at a young age in the Dolphin Centre Learn to Swim programme, although she made a tentative start, clinging to her instructor for the first few lessons. She then started swimming at Darlington Swimming Club at the age of 7. Until she was diagnosed with asthma, she almost gave up swimming because she was so poorly. However, Harriet refused to quit and persevered. Over the years she has progressed through the squads to become the most successful swimmer at DASC of the last decade. Her attitude, determination and hard work have brought her well-deserved success at national level. She is also an excellent role model for other young swimmers in the club to aspire to.