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Dolphin enjoy success at Last Chance Meet

SWINDON Dolphin added more names to the county and regional qualifier lists at the Last Chance Level 3 Open Meet at the Link Centre.

A further 12 swimmers are now on the county qualifier list, which now stands at 92, while Dolphin’s regional qualifier tally also increased to 35 after seven more swimmers reached the standard.

Achieving county qualification for the first time were Anant Mane, Cieran Griffin, Ella Topp, Hannah Bailey, Hannah Knight, Jack Plumb, James Hawkins, Luca Crockford and Olivia Gough.

Qualifying for the first time this season were Helen Hanks and Adrian Jefferies, two of seven competitors from Dolphin’s Masters squad.

Dolphin now have six qualifiers in the nine-year-old county age group category. As well as the newly-qualified Hawkins and Gough, Charlotte Mooney, Erin Henly, Finlay Eaton and Tyler Hillier will all compete at the championships for the first time in March.

Alongside the county qualifiers, new regional swimmers emerged. Alice Lockey, William Davies and Josh Fox all achieved first-time qualification, while previous qualifiers Millie Jeans, Regan Jefferies, James Watson and Rebecca Matthews will continue to compete at regional level in 2014.

There were plenty of proud medallists poolside over the weekend. The top boy medallist was 10-year-old Henry Pearce with 10 gold and one silver and most decorated girl was Beth Crouch with eight gold and one silver.

Dolphin chief coach Louise Clayton was delighted with the overall standard of swimming.

She said: “With counties just over a month away it was great to see so many fantastic performances from all areas of the club, testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole team.

“Many great performances posted early in the year makes for an exciting season and gives the coaches a platform to help develop every swimmer over the coming months.”

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