Walsh smashes another record

Thetford Dolphins Swimming Club hosted round two of the Suffolk Winter League at Waterworld in Thetford.Luke Walsh, 15, swam to his usual high standard and broke yet another age group club record when he won the 100m freestyle race (56.

Thetford Dolphins Swimming Club hosted round two of the Suffolk Winter League at Waterworld in Thetford.

Luke Walsh, 15, swam to his usual high standard and broke yet another age group club record when he won the 100m freestyle race (56.95).

Luke had another terrific win when he swam the 100m breaststroke race in the time of 1:15.95. He then went on to swim in the open age group, where he swam the 100m backstroke and finished in second place in the time of 1:07.94.

Luke teamed up with Daniel Clucas, 15, Ben Kleinau, 14, and James Martin, 17, where the foursome finished in a fine second place for both the 4x50m medley and freestyle relay in the open age group. Daniel also swam well when he finished in second position for the 100m backstroke race, gaining a new best time of 1:06.78.


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Eleven-year-old Taylor Dean was also on top form when he won the 50m freestyle race in the amazing time of 31.29 (PB) and finished in a fine second place for the 50m fly race (36.95).

Another swimmer who also swam well was 13-year-old Miami Pearson who finished in second place for the 100m backstroke (1:18.22).

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Other swimmers who also attended and contributed valuable points were; Jessica Monk, nine, Grace McGill, 10, Rhys Vertigans, 10, Fiona Byford, 11, Elle Kleinau, 11, Connor Walsh, 13, Matthew Vertigans, 14, Morgan Burt, 14, Hattie Clarke, 14, Zoe Douthwaite, 14, Ella McGill, 14, and Sam Rate.

Thirty-seven swimmers from Thetford Dolphins swimming club attended the Thetford Annual Open Meet competing against 19 swimming clubs from around the region.

The Dolphins recorded seven first places, 11 seconds and three thirds, as well 22 top four to six finishes.

Ben Kleinau, 14, swam remarkably well by winning three events (100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley). Ben also finished second for the 100m fly race. Eleven-year-old Taylor Dean was in top form to win both the 100m fly and 100m breaststroke race and finished in second for both the 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

Miami Pearson, 13, swam wonderfully to win the 100m backstroke race. Another great performance was delivered by ten-year-old Luke Collins who won the 100m individual medley race and claimed second for the 50m fly, freestyle and backstroke races.

Morgan Burt, 14, came second for the 100m breaststroke race and third for the 100m fly. Elle Kleinau, 12, finished in second position for the 100m breaststroke race. Rhys Vertigans, 10, was second in 50m breaststroke race while elder brother Matthew Vertigans was second in the 100m backstroke.

Open swimmer Stephanie Park was second in the 100m backstroke race while Daniel Clucas finished third for the 100m freestyle race.

A third place was claimed by Russell Hatton for the 100m backstroke race. Top four to six places were achieved by Liam Levy-Twomey (9), Thomas Cobbold (9), Richard Hatton (10), Stuart Root (10), Connor Walsh (13), Thomas Martin (14) and Ella McGill (15).

New pbs: Abbey Farrow, nine, Grace McGill, 10, Charlotte Hailstone, 10, Ruby Last, 10, Alexandra Ashley, 10, Francesca Ashley, 11, Fiona Byford, 11, Cairo Hill, 11, Sausha Levy-Twomey, 11, Louie Sharpin, 11, Alice Smith, 12, Victoria Root, 13, Laura Cobb, 13, Roni Dean, 13, Chloe Sharpin, 14, Rowan Reynolds, 14, Clara Revell, 15, and Jean-Paul Holt.

Two Saxons teams (combined forces of Mildenhall and Newmarket clubs) did exceptionally well to finish third and fourth in their divisions of the Suffolk Winter League. Full report next week.

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