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Speedy Dolphins impress

PUBLISHED: 16:41 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 09:50 08 July 2010

THETFORD Dolphins excelled in the last round of the Speedo League held at Loughborough.

The competition was really strong but the Dolphins never failed to impress, with five new club records being broken on the night.

THETFORD Dolphins excelled in the last round of the Speedo League held at Loughborough.

The competition was really strong but the Dolphins never failed to impress, with five new club records being broken on the night.

Thirteen year old Ben Kleinau Swam brilliantly to set two new club records when he finished second for the 100m breast in the time of 1:20.25 and then swam up to the open age group for the 100m IM where he came fourth in the new record time of 1:12.34. Ben also swam in the 100m fly where he finished second (1:17.63).

Another great performance was delivered by Luke Walsh who set the new club record for the 14 years 100m breaststroke when he won in the time of 1:16.82 and then went on to win with ease the 100m fly race (1:05.76). Luke teamed up with team mates Daniel Clucas, Dominic Shepherd-Barns and Liam Osborne for the 15/u freestyle relay race where the quartet smashed the club record and won the race in the time of 1:50.74.

The last club record of the night was achieved by Luke Walsh, Daniel Clucas, Aaron Burt and Liam Osborne when they swam to victory in the 15/u medley relay in the time of 2:07.91.

Ten-year-old Taylor Dean swam to a fantastic first place finish in the 50m fly in the time of 38.71. Fourteen-year-old Michelle Forester also swam really well when she won the 100m fly race in the time of 1:22.11. Michelle, Zoe Douthwaite, Sadie Ballard and Paige Gooch teamed up to form the 15/u girls' medley relay team where they came in third place.

Twelve-year-old Matthew Vertigans swam well to finish second in the 100m backstroke, gaining a new pb of 1:17.19. He also came third for the 100m free gaining another fine pb of 1:08.01. Matthew teamed up with Ben, Taylor and Thomas Martin which saw the boys finish in second place for the freestyle relay race.

Fourteen-year-old Daniel Clucas came second for the 100m free in the time of 1:01.51.

Thirteen-year-old Morgan Burt swam well to finish second for the 100m breaststroke, gaining a new pb of 1:30.40 and then went on to swim the same race again in the next age group and came in a fine third place.

Sadie Ballard (13) swam the 100m fly and finished in another fine second place gaining a new pb of 1:22.48 and came third for the 100m free. Ella McGill (13) swam the 100m backstroke and finished in second place.

Sadie and Ella also teamed up with Morgan and Emma Fadden where the foursome came second for the medley relay race and came third for the freestyle relay.

Third places achieved by Roni Dean for the 50m back, Sam Rate (open age) for the 100m IM and 100m fly and Stephanie Park (open age) for the 100m back contributed points for the team.

Other swimmers who also attended were Elle Kleinau, Alice Smith, Kerry Douthwaite, Luke Collins, Murray Burt, Rhys Vertigans, Jessica Smith, and James Martin.

Ten Thetford Dolphins represented Norfolk in the Three Counties Gala held at Bury St Edmunds. Two of the clubs current age group records were also broken on the day.

Twelve-year-old Mathew Vertigans smashed the 13 year club record when he swam the 50m backstroke race which he won with style in the time of 33.71. Matthew also had another terrific swim when he swam the 50m breaststroke gaining a new pb of 40.17.

Ten-year-old Taylor Dean broke the other record when he swam the 50m fly in the amazing time of 37.73 and finished in a superb second place.

Twelve-year-old Miami Pearson finished in a fine third place for the 100m backstroke race. Luke Walsh (14) also swam well to finish third for the 100m breaststroke race and fourth for the 100m fly race.

Ten-year-old Murray Burt finished fourth for both the 50m fly race and 50m breaststroke race. Luke's younger brother Connor finished fifth for the 50m fly race.

Open swimmer Sam Rate finished sixth for the 100m fly race and open swimmer James Martin also finished sixth for the 100m breaststroke race.

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