Dolphins are record breakers

Thetford Dolphins competed at the 2008 Norfolk County championships, held at Waterworld in Thetford over two weekends. The squad of 31 Dolphins did exceptionally well in achieving 15 first-place trophies, 17 silver medals and 20 bronze medals, as well as numerous new personal best times (pbs).

Thetford Dolphins competed at the 2008 Norfolk County championships, held at Waterworld in Thetford over two weekends.

The squad of 31 Dolphins did exceptionally well in achieving 15 first-place trophies, 17 silver medals and 20 bronze medals, as well as numerous new personal best times (pbs).

Nine age group club records were broken over the two weekends by three swimmers (Luke Walsh, Daniel Clucas and Taylor Dean).

Luke Walsh, 14, won the Age Group Championship for eight events, 100m individual medley (club record), 200m individual medley, 50m butterfly (club record), 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle (club record), 200m butterfly, 200m breaststroke and 200m backstroke.


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Luke won silver medals in his age group for the 50m breaststroke (club record), 100m breaststroke (club record), and 100m backstroke.

The 200m butterfly race saw Luke take a silver medal for the 16/u group. Luke also achieved bronze medals in his age group for 1500m freestyle and the 50m freestyle, as well as bronze medals in the 16/u group for the 100m IM, 200m breaststroke and 50m butterfly.

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The 200m breaststroke race saw Luke take an amazing bronze medal in the open age group. Six fourth places were achieved by Luke for the 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke in his age group and in the 16/u for the 100m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 200m IM. Luke also achieved five fifth places and four sixth places in the 16/u and open age group. Luke was awarded an amazing first place position for the British Age Group Categories (BAGCATS).

Ten-year-old Taylor Dean became the Age Group Champion for three events; 50m butterfly (club record), 50m freestyle and 200m butterfly. Taylor claimed four bronzes for the 100m IM, 200m IM, 50m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke. The youngster also achieved fourth for the 200m freestyle and fifth for the 50m backstroke. Taylor was awarded a terrific third place position for the BAGCATS.

Daniel Clucas, 14, won the Age Group Championship for the 50m backstroke race (club record) and achieved two silver medals for the 50m freestyle race (club record) and 50m butterfly. Daniel also got a bronze for 100m butterfly.

He was fourth for the 100m IM and for the 100m butterfly race in the 16/u group, and fifth for 800m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m backstroke and 50m freestyle in the 16/u group and a sixith place for 100m backstroke. Daniel was awarded fifth place for the BAGCATS.

Ben Kleinau, 13, won the Age Group Championship for 100m IM and the 50m butterfly race and obtained silvers for the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke. Three bronze medals were awarded to Ben for the 800m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke. Ben also went on to achieve two fourths for the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle and three fifth for 50m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 200m IM. Ben has also been awarded a superb third place position for the BAGCATS.

Matthew Vertigans, 13, won the Age Group Championship for the 50m backstroke and claimed bronze for the 100m backstroke. Matthew also achieved three fourths in 200m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle, fifth for the 100m IM and sixth for 100m butterfly and 50m butterfly.

Sadie Ballard, 13, took silver for three events (50m back, 200m back and 50m fly), and bronze for 100m individual medley and 100m butterfly. Sadie also finished fourth for the 50m and 100m free and fifth for the 400m free. Sadie has also been awarded a splendid third place position for the BAGCATS.

Ella McGill, 13, achieved silver for the 100m butterfly and bronze for the 100m and 200m backstroke. Ella also achieved fourth for the 200m IM and fifth for the 200m freestyle. Ella has also been awarded sixth place for the BAGCATS. Connor Walsh, 12, claimed a silver for 1500m freestyle and a bronze for the 100m IM as well as fourths for 50m and 200m fly, 50m and 200m breaststroke. He was fifth for the 100m fly and sixth for 400m free. Finn Nugent, 13, achieved a silver medal for 1500m freestyle and open swimmer Matthew Balls achieved a silver for 50m breaststroke and was fourth in 100m.

Morgan Burt, 13, achieved a silver for 100m breaststroke and a bronze for 50m breaststroke and fourth place for the 100m IM. Michelle Forrester, 14, achieved a silver medal for the 200m fly race as well as a fourth for the 50m fly and fifth for the 400m IM.

Luke Collins, 9, got a bronze medal for the 200m IM and fourth place for the 50m breast and 50m free and fifth for the 100m IM and 200m free, as well as sixth for the 200m back, 200m breaststroke and 50m fly. Luke has also been awarded fifth place for the BAGCATS.

Murray Burt, 11, finished in fourth for the 200m breaststroke and Rhys Vertigans, 9, finished in fifth for the 200m breaststroke. Dominic Shepherd-Barns, 16, was fourth in 100m back, fifth in 50m back, and sixth for both 50m fly and 100m free. Sixth places went to Elle Kleinau in 200m breaststroke, Polly Mountford, 11, in 100m breaststroke, and James Martin in 50m breaststroke.

PBs: Grace McGill, Lottie Mountford, Sophie Mason, Lucy Mason, Stuart Root, Victoria Root, Tamzim Lam, Emma Fadden, Thomas Martin, Samantha Rate, Jessica Smith, Andrew Goodenough.

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