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SWIMMING: Warriors step out in Autumn show
7:10pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
WEST Dorset Warriors held their Autumn Steps Gala at Dorchester Sports Centre where many youngsters had the opportunity of swimming against their club-mates for the first time.
Training continues to produce improvement in all swimmers with 170 personal best times.
The club’s disability swimmers also competed in the gala, over 25m freestyle and backstroke, with Maisie Sansom finishing first in both girls’ events.
Louise Mein-Lockie was second, with a massive 23 seconds improvement in her freestyle best time.
For the boys, Sam Collins and Christopher Walker battled it out with the former taking first in the backstroke and second in the freestyle with positions reversed for Walker.
Logan Hansford was third in the backstroke and Sam Gilmour, third in the freestyle.
The youngest age group, Minnows Girls, saw Erin Horn winning both the freestyle and backstroke, improving her best time in the former by nearly nine seconds.
Sian Gannon took second in the freestyle with third in the backstroke, while Francesca Longdon was second in the backstroke, with Charlotte Payne completing the podium places with third in the freestyle.
For the boys, there was double first for William Dare with his brother Samuel claiming a brace of third places and Fraser Matthews claiming second in both events.
Barnaby Evans improved his personal best time by 11 seconds to take fourth in the backstroke.
The Steps One girls’ section was very competitive between two swimmers; Holly Johnson winning the backstroke and freestyle and taking second in the breaststroke, while Alice Bendall won the breaststroke with a brace of second places in the backstroke and freestyle. Annabelle Dornan (backstroke) and Florence Sheehy (freestyle) were the third-placed swimmers.
Thomas Bailey dominated the boys, winning all three strokes, with his brother Cameron finishing second in the backstroke and freestyle.
George Livsey was second in the breaststroke and Ry Gerety third in the backstroke.
The Steps Two Girls category turned out to be one of the most competitive groups on the night with honours being shared among five girls.
Vivien Taylor won the 50m freestyle and 25m butterfly, finishing second in the 25m backstroke and third in the breaststroke.
Millie Cullinane won the breaststroke, with third places in the freestyle and butterfly, with Anna Charles taking the backstroke and second place in the breaststroke and butterfly.
Anna Southam was second in the freestyle and Eve Gilmour third in the backstroke.
The boys saw Harry O’Donoghue claim a hat-trick of wins in the backstroke, freestyle and butterfly, with Ethan Robinson winning his favoured breaststroke followed up with second place in the butterfly and freestyle and third in the backstroke.
Matty Taylor swam well to get a brace of second places in the backstroke and breaststroke and improved his best time in 25m butterfly by over 14 seconds to claim third place.
Fergus Evans was rewarded for his hard work with third place in the freestyle and breaststroke.
The Steps Three Girls’ section also proved very competitive with Molly Dunne winning the breaststroke and butterfly, and was second in the backstroke and third in the Freestyle.
Sasha Hateboer won the freestyle and came second in the butterfly, with Lily Lancaster winning the backstroke.
Anna Foice claimed two second places in the freestyle and breaststroke, with third place in the backstroke and breaststroke for Ariane Fabreguette and Erin Chaffey, respectively.
Finley Morrison won the boys’ backstroke and butterfly and was second in the freestyle, with Sebastian Gallego winning the freestyle and coming second in the backstroke. Oliver Gannon won the breaststroke and was third in the backstroke, whilst his brother Aidan took second in butterfly and third in freestyle.
Joel Williams claimed second in the breaststroke with Harry Legg third in the butterfly.
Olivia Cregg won the 50m backstroke and breaststroke in Steps Four, with Grace Sheehy winning both the 50m freestyle and 25m butterfly. She also came third in the breaststroke.
Millie Hambleton-White bagged second in the backstroke and was third in the freestyle, with Tallulah Chalstrey taking second in freestyle and third in the butterfly.
Kim Whatley, in her first Steps Gala, finished second in the breaststroke with Gemma Wyatt second in the butterfly and third in the backstroke. Reuben Elcock, also making her debut in the gala, dominated by winning all four strokes.
George Maslen collected a hat-trick of second places in the freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly.
Aidan Carter was second in the backstroke and third in the freestyle with Callum Durkin-Jones third in the backstroke.