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PUBLISHED: 16:53 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 10:45 08 July 2010

Thetford Dolphins hosted the Barrett Trophy Gala held at Waterworld in Thetford.

This gala is known as a cut-off time gala. If any swimmer swims faster than this time, they will automatically lose out on valuable points.

Thetford Dolphins hosted the Barrett Trophy Gala held at Waterworld in Thetford.

This gala is known as a cut-off time gala. If any swimmer swims faster than this time, they will automatically lose out on valuable points.

However, with 11 wins, 16 seconds and three third place finishes the Dolphins did remarkably well to finish in second place at the end of the night.

The final results of the night were; Ipswich 172, Thetford 152, Dereham 144, Kings Lynn 117 and Diss 114.

Swimming for the 11/U age group 10-year-old Taylor Dean swam to a superb first place finish for the 100m individual medley race, gaining a new personal best of 1:28.05.

The youngster also finished in a fine second place for the 50m free.

Swimming for the girls was 11-year-old Elle Kleinau who swam the 100m IM and came first, as well as gaining a new personal best for the 50m fly race in 42.14 seconds.

Nine-year-old Luke Collins gained a new personal best when he came second for the 50m backstroke race in a time of 43.95. Rhys Vertigans also came second when he swam the 50m breaststroke.

Polly Mountford had a busy evening swimming in three events, where she came in second for the 50m breast and fourth in the 50m free and 50m back. Eleven-year-old Murray Burt also came fourth in the 50m fly.

In the 13/U age group 12-year-old Miami Pearson won in a confident manner the 50m freestyle race in a time of 33.40.

Thirteen-year-old Zoe Douthwaite cruised into a splendid first place for the 50m backstroke race gaining a new personal best of 38.60 and finishing second in the 100m IM.

Thirteen-year-old Ben Kleinau swam particularly well to finish second for the 50m backstroke and gain a new personal best of 34.44. He also gained a new PB for the 50m free (29.36) but lost out on points as he swam too fast.

Thirteen-year-old Sadie Ballard swam well to finish second for the 50m fly, while 13-year-old Matthew Vertigans swam a new personal best of 34.58 for the 50m fly race, however, he swam too fast to gain any points.

Matthew also swam up to the 15/U age group for the 50m breaststroke where he gained another personal best of 40.78 and came in third place.

Morgan Burt suffered the same fate as Matthew, when she swam the 50m breaststroke too fast, however, she gained a new personal best of 42.10. Morgan also swam up in the open age group and swam to a remarkable first place finish. 12-year-old Connor Walsh came fourth for the 100m IM.

Swimming in the 15/U age group Daniel Clucas (14) impressively secured three second place finishes in the 100m IM, 50m fly and 50m back where he also gained a new personal best of 32.86.

Ella McGill (13) swam in three races, achieving new personal bests in all three, 50m breaststroke (second) in 43.40, 50m back 37.26 but proved to be too fast and finally she swam the 100m IM in the open age group where she came fourth.

Michelle Forester, 14, also swam in three events; she came second for the 50m fly and fourth for both the 50m free and 100m IM. Fifteen-year-old Dominic Sheppard-Barns also swam well to finish second in the 50m freestyle race.

In the open age group 14-year-old Luke Walsh swam superbly to win the100m fly and finish second in the 100m backstroke while Sam Rate had a terrific swim when she came first for the 100m fly race and Stephanie Park swam brilliantly to win the 100m backstroke. James Martin came in first in the 100m breaststroke and fourth for the 100m IM.

Jessica Smith swam well to finish second in the 100m freestyle race while Andy Goodenough gained a new personal best for the 100m freestyle (59.71) but which proved to be too fast.

Kerry Douthwaite, Alice Smith and Emma Fadden also competed.

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