Loddon swimmers in spotlight

Loddon White Dolphins' commitment and hard work guaranteed first-class performances at the Dolphins' Senior Gala, for youngsters aged 10 to 15, held at Hobart High School, Loddon.

Loddon White Dolphins' commitment and hard work guaranteed first-class performances at the Dolphins' Senior Gala, for youngsters aged 10 to 15, held held at Hobart High School, Loddon.

There were nine new gala records, and swim coach Stacey Taylor praised the youngsters and thanked parents for their support.

10-year-olds: Georgia Sargent was first in backstroke and frontcrawl. Olivia Sayer got a second in backstroke with Georgia Gittins third and Tiffany Carr fourth. Alice Robertson gained first in breaststroke and second in front crawl with Ellie-May Keywood taking a front crawl third and Georgia Gittins fourth. Olivia collected first in individual medley. Oliver Bodie won medley, backstroke, and frontcrawl. Cameron McKnespiey was second in backstroke and Sam Ford third. Cameron was second in frontcrawl with Ryan Jenkins third and Harry Pettitt fourth. Matthew Hayes picked up first in breaststroke.

11s: Bethany Clarry pipped Hannah King to first in backstroke. Alycia Middleton secured breaststroke first and Lucie Reynolds first in butterfly. Hannah was first in IM with Summer Haverson second. In frontcrawl Alycia won with Lucie second, Bethany third and Hannah fourth. Jacob Sheridan claimed first in backstroke with Charlie Folkard second, Jamie Verhulst third and Jake Yallop fourth. James Whitmore worked a new breaststroke record with Charlie Dorey second and Jamie Verhulst third. James also took first in butterfly with Jacob second and Charlie Folkard third. Medley went to Jacob Sheridan. Frontcrawl was won by Jake Yallop with Finlay Lawson second.

12s: Amy Scott swam for double firsts in backstroke and butterfly. Julia Brackenbury was first in frontcrawl with Kayla Pennell second. Tom Sargent won backstroke and frontcrawl.

13s: The race of the afternoon was Libby Day and Naomi Church when the girls swam an exciting five lengths of stroke-by-stroke front crawl. Libby finished 0.23 of a second ahead. Libby took medley with Naomi second. Libby's butterfly win set a new record and Naomi secured backstroke.

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14s: Faith Jennison gained double first in breaststroke and IM, Faith made a new record in breaststroke. Megan Miller collected double first in backstroke and butterfly. Laura Shilling secured first in frontcrawl and collected seconds in individual medley and butterfly.Matthew Hosier set three new records, taking firsts in breaststroke, individual medley and frontcrawl.

15s: Ellen Nelson got three impressive new records with firsts in butterfly, frontcrawl and backstroke.Victoria Starling collected first in breaststroke. Katrina Clarke was second in backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke. Matt Day was first in breaststroke, IM and front crawl. Matt and John Salisbury were equally matched for the first 3 lengths with Matt pulling away to touch three strokes ahead of John. Luke Nelson produced a strong frontcrawl to collect a close third. John took first in butterfly and backstroke with Luke coming backstroke second.

Relay - Sharks took an early lead until Libby Day pulled ahead to secure a win for Alligators. Sharks came a close second with Stingray third and Crocodiles fourth. Good gala performances from 10-year-olds Hudson Boothby, Harry Gittins, Finlay Lawson and Charlie Norris; 11-yr-old Chloe-Jane Davidson.

Trophy Awards: 'Ian Evans not to Yield' Olivia Sayer; 'Mobbs Shield - Determination' Julia Brackenbury; 'Rimmers Cup - Distinction' Bethany Clarry; 'CB Sports Shield - Sportsmanship' Jake Yallop; 'Rumps - Breaststroke' Charlie Dorey; 'Parents Shield - Hardwork & Tenacity' Amy Scott; 'Stones Trophy - Enthusiasm' Sam Ford; 'Good Effort Shield' Summer Haverson; 'Milletts Trophy - Improvement thro Breaststroke' Oliver Bodie; 'Matthew Green Dolphin - Excellence in Technique' Libby Day; 'Founders Shield' Club Captain Matt Day.