Dolphins are splash hits

Thetford Dolphins Swimming Club hosted the 2009 Norfolk County Championships, held over two weekends at Waterworld in Thetford. The club had a total of 25 swimmers competing who took home 14 first place trophies, 32 silver and 19 bronze medals.

Thetford Dolphins Swimming Club hosted the 2009 Norfolk County Championships, held over two weekends at Waterworld in Thetford.

The club had a total of 25 swimmers competing who took home 14 first place trophies, 32 silver and 19 bronze medals. Ten age group club records were also broken as well as 55 top four to six finishes.

Fifteen-year-old Luke Walsh swam incredibly well over the meet and was awarded the boys' 15-year best swimmer trophy.

He won an amazing eight first-place trophies, 13 silver medals and five bronze medals, as well as breaking seven age group club records.


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In the 200m breaststroke Luke won the 16/u junior age group trophy, as well as winning the 15-year age group trophy.

He was also awarded the silver championship medal in the open age group for being the second fastest swimmer competing in the Norfolk County Championships.

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He had another terrific win in the 50m fly, taking home two trophies (15-year and 16/U age group). Further outstanding wins for Luke included the 1500m free, 100m fly, 200m fly and 200m IM.

Luke was awarded a silver junior age group medal and a bronze championship medal for the 200m fly and a silver junior age group medal for the 200m IM. The 50m and 100m breaststroke saw Luke receive four silver medals in both the 15-year and junior age groups and two silvers for the 100m IM (15-year and junior age groups). In the 400m IM Luke took two more silver medals in the 15-year and junior age groups as well as receiving a bronze championship medal in the open age group. Two more silvers were awarded for the 50m free (15-year) and 800m free (15-year).

Luke received bronze medals for the 100m back (15-year), 200m free (15-year) and 50m free (junior). He set new club records in the 100m breaststroke (15-year heat and final), 50m breaststroke (15-year final and championship final), 50m fly (15-year heat and final) and 100m IM (heat).

Ben Kleinau (14) also swam superbly, winning three events, as well as taking home four silver and two bronze medals. Ben was also presented with a second place trophy for the British age group categories (BAGCATS).

He won the 100m IM and both the 50m and 100m breaststroke races. He also claimed silver medals for 50m fly, 100m fly, 50m free and 100m free. Bronze medals were awarded for the 200m free and 200m breaststroke.

Matthew Vertigans (14) swam well to win both the 50m and 100m backstroke, together with three bronze medals for the 50m free, 100m fly and 400m free.

Daniel Clucas (15) had a splendid win in the 100m backstroke to claim the junior trophy. The 15-year 100m back final saw Daniel break the club record and take a silver medal.

Three more silver medals were awarded for the 100m fly and the 50m back (15-year and junior age groups). Daniel also took home three bronze medals for the 50m fly, 50m free and 100m free.

Russell Hatton (13) claimed four silver medals for the 50m back, 100, back (new club record), 800m free and 1500m free. Russell also took a bronze medal in the 200m backstroke.

Taylor Dean (11) was awarded three silver medals for the 50m free, 100m IM and 50m fly, in which he broke the club's current record.

Morgan Burt (14) took home two silver medals for the 50m breaststroke and 50m fly, while Zoe Douthwaite (14) claimed two bronze medals for the 50m back and 50m free. Elle Kleinau (12) was awarded two bronze medals for the 50m and 100m breast. Connor Walsh (13) claimed a bronze medal for the 800m free.

Swimmers who attended and achieved top four to six places were; Liam Levy-Twomey (9), Thomas Cobbold (9), Rhys Vertigans ((10), Luke Collins (10), Ella McGill (14) and Thomas Martin (14).

Other competing swimmers who recorded new personal best times included; Grace McGill (10), Richard Hatton (10), Stuart Root (10), Sausha Levy-Twomey (11), Cairo Hill (11), Victoria Root (13), James Martin, Samantha Rate and Stephanie Park.

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