Records tumble in pool
Thetford Dolphins swimming club hosted their third annual Nifty Fifty's Open Meet at Waterworld in Thetford. Forty-one Dolphins competed against 20 swimming clubs from around the region.
Thetford Dolphins swimming club hosted their third annual Nifty Fifty's Open Meet at Waterworld in Thetford.
Forty-one Dolphins competed against 20 swimming clubs from around the region. The competition was really strong but the Dolphins never failed to impress, with five age group club records being broken on the day, as well as nine first place finishes, 21 seconds and 11 thirds.
Fifty-eight new personal best times were recorded, as well as 10 new times.
Three of the club's current age group records were broken by Luke Walsh (15) swimming in the 15and over age group. First he broke the 50m fly record in the amazing time of 28.85, where he finished in a second place. He then went on to break the 100m individual medley record in 1:06.40, finishing third, and finally smashed the record for the 50m free in a time of 26.42, where he finished in fourth position.
Ben Kleinau (14) swam brilliantly during the day by smashing the club record for the 50m breaststroke in the time of 34.93, taking first place. He also went on to win both the 100m individual medley (1:10.98) and the 50m fly (30.85). Ben also finished in second place for both the 50m freestyle (28.64) and 50m back (34.12). Daniel Clucas (15) also swam superbly by smashing the club record for the 50m backstroke in 31.84, finishing fifth.
Matthew Vertigans (13) swam exceptionally well, winning three events: the 50m back (32.75), 50m fly (32.70) and 50m free (29.22), while finishing second for the 50m breast (37.89) and 100m individual medley (1:15.40).
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Stuart Root (9) won the 50m back (46.79) and finished second in three events: the 50m fly (51.61), and 50m free (42.28 PB) and 100m individual medley (1:43.06). Team-mate Richard Hatton (9) had a splendid win in the 50m free race (40.92) and finished second in both the 50m back (47.69) and 50m breast (1:00.39). The youngster also finished in third place for the 50m fly (57.63) and 100m individual medley (1:51.72 PB).
Taylor Dean (11) won the 50m fly race in the time of 36.72 and came second in three events: the 50m back (40.87), 50m free (32.50) and 100m individual medley (1:27.72), while finishing third in the 50m breast (46.67 PB).
There were also plenty of top three finishers, including, Luke Collins (10), who had a good day when he finished in second place for both the 50m back (42.87) and 50m free (35.21 PB) and was third in the 100m individual medley (1:31.96). Thirteen-year-old Ella McGill finished in second place for both the 50m back (37.05) and 50m free (33.02).
Ella's younger sister Grace finished third in the 50m fly (52.79) and Morgan Burt (14) came second in the 50m fly (34.95) and third in the 50m breast (41.67). Elle Kleinau (11) came second for the 50m fly race in the time of 39.24 (PB).
Open swimmer Sam Rate finished second for both the 50m back (36.20) and 50m fly (34.36), while team-mate Stephanie Park (open age) finished third for the 50m back (36.45).
There were several top-six finishers including Thomas Cobbold (9) who achieved the biggest PB of the meet, taking off 14.29 seconds in the 50m fly, Connor Walsh (13), Thomas Martin (14), who achieved five PBs, Hattie Clarke (14), James Martin (open), Andrew Goodenough (open). Other swimmers who also attended and achieved new times or new personal best times were: Liana Hanley (9), Alexandra Ashley (9), who achieved the second biggest PB of the meet, taking 12.20 seconds off the 50m back, Francesca Ashley (10), Ruby Last (10), Rhys Vertigans (10), Sausha Levy-Twomey (11), Fiona Byford (10), Kerry Douthwaite (12), who achieved five PBs, Charlotte Hailstone (11), Alice Smith (11), Victoria Root (12), Roni Dean (13), Emily Day (13), Rowan Reynolds (13), Laura Cobb (13), Zoe Douthwaite (14), Chloe Sharpin (14), Clara Revell (14) and Jean-Paul Holt (15).