The Lower Eyre Peninsula (LEP) SAPSASA Swimming Team contested the SAPSASA State Country Championships at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre on Friday 23rd of March. The team comprised of swimmers from St Josephs School, Navigator College, Cummins Area School, Port Lincoln Primary School, Tumby Bay Area School and Lake Wangary School. Captained by Year 7 St Josephs students Arjay Isle and Amali White, the team finished in overall second placing by just 8.5 points behind the Mid North combined team. Over the past 4 years the team has either placed overall first or second which is an amazing accomplishment.
This year’s team was coached by Sonia Ford (West Coast Swimming Club) and supported by Team Managers Rachel Jolly (Kirton Point Primary School) and Beck Paterson (Port Lincoln High School).
Bryce Hammond (St Josephs School) continued his record breaking performances by setting a new 11 year old boys record in the 50m butterfly. Bryce recorded a time of 32.57 beating the existing 2012 record of 33.12 seconds. Bryce now holds both the 10 and 11 year old records for this event. He came home with 4 gold medals from these championships also winning the 11 year old boys freestyle (31.33), backstroke (36.22) and was part of the boys open 4 x 50m medley team (butterfly) who placed first.
Swimmers who were crowned SAPSASA Country Champion in their respective age groups were Arjay Isle who secured gold in 13 year old boys 50m freestyle (32.11), backstroke (36.64) and was part of the winning boys open 4 x 50m medley relay (backstroke) and Tahni Kelsh who won the girls 10 year old 50m backstroke (45.42). Other swimmers who were part of the boys 4 x 50m medley relay team were William Bawden (breastroke) and Majoor Ackland (freestyle).
This year LEP had two multi-class athletes with Angus Waller (S9, SB9, SM9) competing in his second SAPSASA competition and Joshua Boud (S10,SB9, SM10) who has recently undergone classification and entered SAPSASA as his first competition experience. Joshua came home with a swag of gold medals for his efforts in the 10 -11 age group finishing his 50m freestyle in a 45.87, 100m in a 1.40.34 and 50m breastroke in a 1.00.64. Angus raced extremely well with an excellent result and personal best times in all three event being the 50m freestyle (36.80), 50m breastroke (1.02.83) and 50m backstroke (53.99).
Silver medalists were Tyler Davidson who recorded a 44.43 for his 50m butterfly in the 10 year old boys age group, Majoor Ackland who finished second to Bryce Hammond in the 11 year old 50m freestyle (35.42), Rebecca Wood who has made some amazing improvements in her 50m breastroke to record a 48.94 in the 11 year old girls and Amali White who swam incredibly well in both the 12 year old 50m freestyle (31.50) and the 50m butterfly (35.73).
Bronze medalists were Tahni Kelsh in the 10 year old girls 50m freestyle (37.26), Harrison Blight in the 12 year old 50m breastroke (43.73), Tyler Davidson in the 50m backstroke (44.26), Amali White in the 12 year old 50m backstroke (38.74) and Edward Kutny in the 10 year old 50m butterfly (49.08).
Many of our swimmers secured finalist berths after the initial heat swims and to be listed in the fastest 8 swimmers in their age group across country South Australia is an excellent accomplishment.
To conclude the days racing, regions are given the opportunity to enter age group freestyle relay teams. LEP recorded top three finishes in the boys 10 year old 4 x 50 freestyle relay, in a time of 2.42.38 - Silver (Lucas Blight, Sullivan Isle, Edward Kutny, Tyler Davidson), girls 10 year age group 2.57.75 - Bronze (Caitlin Cole, Tory Siviour, Nicola Morgan, Tahni Kelsh), boys 11 year age group 2.39.83 - Silver (Yarra Mickan, Liam Akehurst, Sullivan Isle, Majoor Ackland), girls 11 year age group 2.40.76 - Bronze (Nicola Morgan, Alinta Dingwall, Amity Mickan, Rebecca Wood) and the boys 13 year age group 2.32.96 - Bronze (Yarra Mickan, Rueben Hill, William Bawden, Majoor Ackland).
Swimmers who finished in the top three placings have the opportunity to nominate for consideration onto the South Australian Team to contest the National School Sport Swimming Championships which will be held in Hobart this July. Swimmers results from the SAPSASA State Championships are combined with a number of other key championship and performance meets prior to the final team selections being made.
FOLLOWING on from strong performances at the SA Country Championships in Broken Hill, a number of West Coast swimmers headed to the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Marion to contest the 2018 State Long Course Age Championships from January 16 to 21. The championships are open to interstate and international competitors and there were large teams from Victoria and the Northern Territory present along with individuals from all other Australian states. The championships are hosted over 6 days, which allowed for morning seeded heats to then decided the ten age group finalists in each event. Finals are run in the evening with interstate visitors allocated a maximum of two finals berths. Two reserves are also named to compensate for any late withdrawals.
Bryce Hammond, 11, was the star West Coast performer, at his third championship event over the past six weeks. Bryce completed the meet with the highest South Australian point score for his age group, beaten only by a very strong competitor from Sunraysia Swimming Club in Victoria on overall points. Points are allocated on a scale of 10 to one, with 10 points being allocated to the gold medal placing through to one point for 10th position. His persistence, sportsmanship and determination throughout the competition was an inspiration.Bryce fought hard to be named South Australian age group champion in the 11 and under 100m backstroke, which he completed in a personal best time of 1.16.82. He also blitzed the field in the 100m butterfly to secure the gold medal in a time of 1.11.68. Bryce added to his medal haul with silver in the 50m butterfly (32.54), 50m freestyle (30.15), 100m freestyle (1.07.96) and 50m backstroke (35.65 seconds). He also secured bronze in the 200m individual medley (2.49.52). Many of these performances were significant improvements from his initial ranking going into each final. All in all, Bryce took home seven medals together with personal best swims in every race.
Arjay Isle (12 years) raced extremely well, making strong improvements and building on his Country Championships performances. His most competitive results were in the 100m and 200m backstroke events where after morning heat swims of 1.21.51 and 2.51.64 respectively, he was called back as second reserve and ninth placed qualifier into the finals. Arjay was thrilled with a number of personal best freestyle swims clocking 32.55 in his 50m freestyle, 1.12.51 in his 100m freestyle and 2.39.00 in his 200m freestyle. All of these times ranked well on the Swimming Australia Junior Excellence schedule of qualification standards, edging close to silver level times.
Max Rogalski (14 years) continues to show strong potential in breastroke and works hard to make minor adjustments to his technique in order to shave off time from his previous best. He was invited back into finals for all three breastroke distances finishing in a 35.62 for his 50m race (fifth overall), 1.19.44 for the 100m event (eighth place overall) and 3.00.33 in the 200m race (ninth overall). Max is able to develop strong, encouraging relationships with his competitors and is especially enthusiastic when another country competitor is able to generate a personal best performance.
His exceptional sportsmanship and team spirit is always a highlight. Max also swam an excellent 50m butterfly to take almost two seconds off his previous best (31.90).
Jamie Ford (14 years) raced well, however competition fatigue had definitely set in during her third event this month. She posted two personal best times during the championships - one being in the 200m freestyle (2.26.52) and the other being in the 200m backstroke (2.49.45). Her most competitive performance was in the 50m butterfly, narrowly missing a finals place by less than 0.3 of a second.
West Coast swimmers are looking forward to participating in the Tunarama long swim this weekend and the countdown is also on to the Queen’s Baton Relay where four team members (Bryce Hammond, Max Rogalski and Kylie and Dana Hurrell) all have the honour of carrying the torch in either Port Lincoln or Coffin Bay. All swimmers are on a week-long training break in readiness for the 10-week build up to the Secondary School Sport South Australia and SAPSASA events scheduled for March in Adelaide.
18 swimmers from West Coast Swimming Club travelled through to Broken Hill to contest the 2018 Country Swimming Championships from the 5th- 8th of January 2018. With temperatures hovering around 40 degrees for the duration of the event, conditions were challenging and significant changes were required to the competition program for the safety of swimmers, officials and supporters.
Setting a new Championship Record for the 14 years 50m Butterfly was Jamie Ford who went out all guns blazing in a time of 31.82 seconds. This was also the fastest 50m female Butterfly time of the meet and earned her the title of Open SA Country Champion.
Awarded SA Country Champion in their respective age group events and bringing home gold medals were Joel Edmonds (14 year old 50m Butterfly - 31.17) and Dana Hurrell (15 year old 50m Breastroke - 40.21 seconds). Fresh from being named the Lower Eyre Peninsula Junior Sports Person of the year, Bridie Mickan listed the fastest time in the 12 year old 50m Breastroke (40.07 seconds) as well as the 12 and under 200m Individual Medley finishing in a new personal best time of 2.57.85.
Kylie Hurrell had a brilliant set of performances throughout the championships and was thrilled with her silver medal in the 13 year old 50m Breastroke - 42.32. Also awarded as a silver medalist was Max Rogalski who secured second place in both the 14 year old 50m Breastroke - 37.81 and the 100m Breastroke in the 14/15 age group in a new personal best time of 1.21.91.
Following on from his impressive performance at the 2017 Pacific School Games in Adelaide in December, Bryce Hammond was the fastest 10 year old butterfly swimmer and took out the 11 and under silver medal for both the 50m and 100m events in a time of 34.03 and 1.16.13 respectively. Bridie Mickan had an amazing swim in the 200m freestyle bettering her previous best by over 5 seconds to take out the silver medal in the 12 and under age group (2.38.23). She also placed second in the 12/13 100m Breastroke (1.26.06) and in the 12 years 50m Backstroke in a personal best of 37.46 seconds. Amali White performed extremely well with a silver medal in the 11 and under 50m Butterfly (39.32). Arjay Isle swam a strong Backstroke race in the 12 year old 50m event to take out the silver medal (38.68). Jamie Ford also was back on the medal podium for her efforts finishing in second position with a 35.47 in the 14 year old 50m Backstroke.
Bronze medalists were Amali White who really let it rip in the girls 11 and 100m Freestyle listing a 5 second personal best swim of 1.14.83 seconds. She also swam a .96 second personal best in the 50m event to finish in 3rd (33.69). Kylie Hurrell built on her medal haul with a bronze in the 12-13 400m freestyle (6.04.69). She also backed this up with a fantastic swim in the 100m breastroke (2.47 second personal best) to secure bronze in the 12 - 13 age group. Maddy McShane recorded a new personal best in the 16/17 years 100m butterfly of 1.22.58 to secure 3rd. Bridie Mickan showed her versatility receiving bronze in both the 12 year old girls 50m Butterfly (35.67) and the 12/13 100m Backstroke (1.22.22). Arjay Isle swam amazing races in both the 12 year old 50m Backstroke with a massive personal best swim of 38.71 seconds as well as the 100m event (1.21.93). Joel Edmonds showed a strong improvement in his technique to take out bronze in a 2.5 second personal best of 35.46 seconds in the 14 year 50m Backstroke. Harrison Blight was a strong competitor in the 11 and under 100m Breastroke, listing a 4.5 second personal best to take home his first Country Championship medal (Bronze - 1.37.06).
The tradition of strong relay performances continued with West Coast securing a fantastic win in the 12 and under 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay with Bryce Hammond, Ryder Rogalski, Harrison Blight and Arjay Isle all putting in 110% effort to beat the team from Clare who were also strong contenders. The boys finished this race in a 2.14.26. They also took out the gold medal in the 4 x 50m Medley Relay. They narrowly missed the existing Country Championship record for this event. The record stood at a 2.32.11 and they recorded a 2.32.27.
The 16 and under boys team (Max Rogalski, Harrison Adams, Joel Edmonds and Joseph Perin) collected a bronze medal for their efforts in the 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay (2.02.09). Also medalling in teams racing was the 14 and under girls team of Bridie Mickan, Kylie Hurrell, Jamie Ford and Amali White. The girls won the silver medal in a 2.23.96 behind the team from Blue Lake Y.
Preceding championship racing, younger swimmers are given the opportunity to participate in the ‘Superfish’ event which is held on Friday night. Asta Mickan competed in all 4 events placing first in the 8 and under 50m Freestyle (40.65), 50m Backstroke (51.30), 50m Breastroke (53.67) and second in the 50m Butterfly (1.05.69). Rahni White raced really well finishing second in both the 8 and under 50m Freestyle (45.01) and 50m Breastroke (1.01.55). She also raced the 50m Backstoke finishing third (57.85). Tyrell Nemeth-Ford (6 years) had a great 50m Freestyle finishing in 7th place in the 8 and under age group in a 1.08.11. He was a bit nervous about the 50m Backstroke but was a little trooper finishing in 9th place in a 1.27.01.
Congratulations to Kate Taverner on her acknowledgement at the Country Championships as our best team person. The club would also like to acknowledge the support given to the team by previous club member Natasha Hammond who served as Team Manager alongside Sonia Ford who was the Team Coach. The club has members about to contest the SA Long Course State Championships in Adelaide commencing on Tuesday 16th of January. The 2019 Country Swimming Championships will be hosted in Port Pirie.
Annually, primary school aged swimmers are given the opportunity to compete at the SAPSASA Country and Metro State Finals, which are hosted at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre (SAALC) in Marion. Swimmers from the Lower Eyre Peninsula (LEP) undergo a selection process following the LEP Primary Schools Interschool Swimming Championships in November each year. Opportunities to record a personal best time at Point Score events hosted at the Port Lincoln Pool by the West Coast Swimming Club are also provided.
This year 27 swimmers from 5 different LEP schools were invited onto the team. Cummins Area School, Port Lincoln Primary School (PLPS), St Josephs School, Tumby Bay Area School and Navigator College all had representative swimmers, who together with parents, caregivers and supporters made their way to Adelaide for the event.
This is the second year running that the team recorded the highest overall point score to be awarded the SAPSASA Pennant for the Country Champion District. LEP recorded a final point score of 211 points, winning by the narrowest of margins from the Lower South East team (204 points). Accepting the pennant from SAPSASA representatives were team captains Tasmin Durdin (St Josephs School) and Max Rogalski (PLPS).
2016 SAPSASA Lower Eyre Peninsula Swim Team: Front Row (left to right) - Sebastian Henderson, Alanah Bascombe, Zara Scott, Ryder Rogalski, Amali White, Isaac Evans, Evie Durdin, Aaron Kerr. Middle Row - Rachel Jolly (team manager), Harrison Blight, Ellie Akehurst, Max Rogalski, Dylan Evans, Kylie Hurrell, Angus Waller, Sonia Ford (coach). Next Row - Bridie Mickan, Hugh Redden, Liam Gerber, Kyle McInerney, Arjay Isle, Jack Crettenden, Levi Chandler. Back Row - William Bawden, Tasmin Durdin, Megan Carr, Joel Edmonds, Sydney Claughton, Sophie Traeger.
This year’s event was particularly exciting with the involvement of swimming legend Ian Thorpe. He took the time to meet with swimmers as part of his promotion of the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships (Rio Olympic Qualifying) which will be held at the SAALC in April. PLPS student Joel Edmonds who swum exceptionally well on the day was invited to meet with Thorpey. Joel’s photograph has since appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser. Also taking the time to wish swimmers the best on the day was rising star Kyle Chalmers who will contest the 50m and 100m freestyle at the championships and Sally Hunter who will be looking for a place on the Australian Dolphins Swim Team in the 100m and 200m breastroke.
It wasn’t long into the program before reports of personal best times and the awarding of medals for individual and team performances came flooding in. Joel Edmonds set the tone for the meet with a very quick 1.07.83 to qualify fastest for the 100m freestyle in the first race of the day. The top 8 swimmers following preliminary heats are invited into their respective age group final. 50m freestyle medallists from LEP were; Amali White - Bronze 10yr girls (39.86), Arjay Isle - Bronze 11yr boys (35.69), Angus Waller - Silver Multi-class (MC) boys 100m Freestyle, Bronze MC boys 50m Freestyle and Joel Edmonds - Gold 13yr boys (30.77). Also making finals (top 8 swimmers) were Harrison Blight -5th 10yr boys (41.01), Ryder Rogalski - 6th 11yr boys (37.83), Liam Gerber - 6th 12yr boys (36.36) and Tasmin Durdin 5th 12yr girls (34.72). The team would also like to acknowledge the willingness of Sydney Claughton (Cummins Area School) to put her hand up to compete as a 13yr old. Sydney swam a 38.07 to narrowly miss the final in the freestyle. She also raced breastroke (58.06) and backstroke (49.84).
Next on the program was the Open Medley Relay teams racing. The boys team comprising of Dylan Evans (backstroke), Max Rogalski (breastroke), Joel Edmonds (butterfly) and Liam Gerber (freestyle) were clearly a cut above their competitors finishing 9 seconds ahead of their nearest rival team to take out the gold medal in 2:37.82. The girls team had a great race, but unfortunately were disqualified for a stroke rule infraction. Represented the LEP in this event were Ellie Akehurst (backstroke), Kylie Hurrell (breastroke), Tasmin Durdin (butterfly) and Megan Carr (freestyle).
The LEP have certainly developed some strength in breastroke racing. Awarded age group champion for their individual performances were; Harrison Blight - Gold 10yr boys (54.54) who touched out second and third place by less than .3 of a second and Bridie Mickan - Gold 11yr girls (44.45) who was a clear winner in her field. Also awarded medals in the 50m breastroke were Sebastian Henderson - Bronze 11yr boys (51.49) and Max Rogalksi - Silver 13yr boys (40.56). It was also fantastic to see many other swimmers have the chance to race as a finalist and recorded some awesome results. Congratulations to; William Bawden - 4th 11yr boys (52.42), Kyle McInerney - 4th 12yr boys (48.50), Kylie Hurrell - 5th 12yr girls (47.88) and Sophie Traeger - 7th 12yr girls (49.26).
Swimmers performing in backstroke also made significant contributions to the team point score. Age group champion was awarded to Bridie Mickan - Gold 11yr girls (41.69). Tasmin Durdin took out the Bronze medal in the 12yr girls (40.09) as did Max Rogalski for the 12yr boys age group (40.64). Backstroke finalists were Harrison Blight - 4th 10yr boys (49.04), Aaron Kerr - 5th 10yr boys (50.56), Amali White - 5th 10yr girls (49.59), Zara Scott - 7th 10yr girls (50.30), Arjay Isle - 4th 11yr boys (44.22) and Dylan Evans - 6th 12yr boys (45.58).
The final opportunity for individual performances was the 50m butterfly heats and finals. LEP again shone with all entered competitors being ranked amongst the top 8 country competitors. Age group champion went to Joel Edmonds - Gold 13yr boys (33.87) - his third individual medal for the meet. Also proud of their additional swimming bling was Aaron Kerr - Silver 10yr boys (50.78), Sebastian Henderson - Bronze 11yr boys (42.59) and Bridie Mickan - Silver 11yr girls (39.71). Performing well in the finals were Dylan Evans - 4th 12yr boys (44.45), Zara Scott - 8th 10yr Girls (1:00.89) and Tasmin Durdin - 8th 12yr girls (43.74).
Age group 4 x 50m freestyle teams racing was fast paced, exciting and allowed the LEP to demonstrate its depth of talent. Supported by a number of swimmers who travelled to Adelaide specifically to support relay racing, their contribution to team success was appreciated. First to line up for medals was the 10yr boys team who received the silver medal (2:55.89) - Aaron Kerr, Issac Evans, Hugh Redden and Harrison Blight. Next up was the 11yr boys who smashed the rest of the field by six seconds to take out the gold medal in (2:40.78) - Sebastian Henderson, Levi Chandler, Ryder Rogalski and Arjay Isle. The 12yr boys also followed up well to take out the bronze medal position (2:37.78) - Kyle McInerney, Ryder Rogalski, Liam Gerber and Arjay Isle. The last boys relay for the day was for 13yrs and the LEP swam hard to achieve the silver medal (2:32.69) - Ryder Rogalski, Liam Gerber, Jack Crettenden and Max Rogalski.
The consistent strong performance of our teams is critical to the overall accumulation of championship points. All first placings are awarded equally with 8 points, regardless of being individual or teams - through to 1 point for 8th position. It was great to see the both the 11yr girls and 12yr girls finish in 4th place. 11yr girls were Amali White, Zara Scott, Evie Durdin and Bridie Mickan (2:44.25) and the 12yr girls were Sophie Traeger, Megan Carr, Kylie Hurrell and Ellie Akehurst (2:36.98). The final race of the day saw the 13yr girls finish in 5th position (2:36.57) which was comprised of the same members as the 12yr old team.
The West Coast Swimming Club will offer those swimmers who have commenced training with the team to now join Swimming SA and retain their involvement in squad swimming. The club offers four levels of squad training from Nippers who train 3 times on a weekly basis through to senior level squad swimmers who train daily during the week. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swimmers from 11 Eyre Peninsula Secondary Schools (both government and private sector) combined to form the Far West swim team to contest the SASSSA (South Australian Secondary Schools Sports Association) A Grade swimming meet held at the SA Aquatic Centre on Wednesday March 9th. The team performed exceptionally well to finish in overall 4th position. Secondary schools are graded into A through to F grade, with 10 schools represented in each grade. Grading decisions are made based upon the level of competitiveness that is available within each school or region. The Far West SASSSA swim team was racing against teams submitted by Rostrevor College, St Peter Boys and Girls, Immanuel College, Trinity College, Prince Alfred College, St Aloysius, Pembroke, Sacred Heart, Mercedes, Wilderness and Seymour College.
2016 SASSSA Team: Front row (left to right) Jamie Ford, Brooke Traeger, Kellie Dennis, Kieran Stephens, Harrison Adams. Rear (left to right) Matthew Hancock, Hannah Murray, Alana Hancock, Jamie Matsen, Sarah Stirling, Taylah Stirling, Dana Hurrell, India Copland, Christopher Bawden, Jarrod Stolz, Patrick Newman, Gaeton Gerber, Ned Fuss, Brooklyn George, Callum Hancock, Sam Custance, Alleigh Hamnett, Cameron Akehurst, Maddie McShane, Thomas Klingberg and William Newberry.
St Josephs school had 8 representatives on the team. In her final year as a SASSSA representative, Brooke Traeger (Year 12) recorded some excellent results across both the individual open competition and open teams racing. She finished in 4th position in both the 50m butterfly (open) Division 1 (30.86) and 50m freestyle (open) Division 1 (29.44). She swam an excellent 100m freestyle in a long course personal best time of 1.03.19. and represented the Far West in both the Open Medley and Open Freestyle women’s teams racing.
Kellie Dennis joined the team for her second consecutive year, this time racing in the U15 age division. Kellie competed in both freestyle and backstroke individual events recording a new long course personal best in the 50m U15 Division 2 backstroke (39.98) as well some very competitive times in two individual 50m freestyle races. She recorded a 33.07 in the U15 Division 1 freestyle and went on to swim over .5 of a second quicker in the U16 Division 2 freestyle (32.41).
Also racing in the U15 age division, Madeline McShane was thrilled with her performances throughout the night. Madeline smashed her personal best to swim a 31.73 in the U15 Division 2 freestyle. This was a fraction of a second quicker than her performance in the U16 Division 3 freestyle (31.84). She also smashed her previous best by nearly three seconds to record a 38.78 in the U16 Division 2 backstroke and was a real asset in the U15 freestyle relay which was placed 6th in their event.
Newcomers to the team this year were year 8 students Jamie Ford and Dana Hurrell. Jamie commenced her program with the U14 Division 2 backstroke. She swam this event in a close to personal best time of 37.06 to be placed 3rd. With a tight turn around to the U16 Division 1 backstroke she couldn’t quite maintain the same pace and recorded a 38.66. Jamie also raced the U14 Division 3 freestyle (33.60) and the U14 Division 3 breastroke (46.47 – 3rd). Dana won the U14 Division 2 breastroke in a time of 41.20 seconds and followed this shortly after with an almost copycat performance in the U15 Division 1 race to finish 4th (41.15). Both Jamie and Dana were members of a number of the age group freestyle relay teams as well.
It was awesome to have Jarrod Stolz (year 8) return to the pool in preparation for the event. Jarrod competed in a full program of both individual and teams racing. Jarrod was placed third in the U14 Division 3 breastroke (45.99) and held pace nicely for the U16 Division 1 event shortly after (46.57). He recorded a new personal best time of 37.61 in the U15 Division 3 freestyle event and represented the region in both the U14 and U15 freestyle relay events. Team mate Harrison Adams who is also in year 8 this year continued to hold form well after a length summer competition schedule. Similarly to Jarrod, Harrison had three individual events. Up first was the U14 Division 2 backstroke which Harrison completed in a 37.41 to finish in 3rd place. His time was a new personal best for this distance and a clear 2 seconds quicker than his performance at the State Championships in January. Harrison also raced the U14 Division 2 freestyle which he completed in a 30.76 to finish 4th closely followed by a 30.91 in the U15 Division 1 freestyle event. Both of these times also represented clear improvements from his performance at the Country Championships where he recorded a 31.12 over the same distance.
Patrick Newman was a new addition to the team after putting his hand up to fill one of the positions left after the departure of a number of team representatives through to boarding school in Adelaide. Patrick is new to competition pool racing and after a crash course over a couple of training sessions in Port Lincoln he did the team proud to record a 55.66 for the U15 Division 2 breastroke. Unfortunately, he was disqualified in his subsequent race.
Port Lincoln High School also encouraged its students to nominate for the event. Cameron Akehurst performed particularly well, winning the 50m Division 1 U14 freestyle in a new personal best time of 28.96 seconds; this was an amazing achievement. He also finished 4th in the Division 1 U14 backstroke (35.95 seconds), and was also 4th in the 50m Division 1 breaststroke (42.64 seconds).
Brooklyn George supported the team by swimming the U15 Division 2 breaststroke (50.91 seconds) and through her freestyle relay contribution for the U16 girls, who finished 8th (2 minutes and 18 seconds).
Alleigh Hamnett has been dedicated to maintaining regular swimming training despite the rigours of senior school study and part-time work commitments. She finished 4th in the U16 Division 2 breaststroke (43.92 seconds) and was also part of the U16 freestyle relay team alongside Brooklyn.
Navigator College and Tumby Bay Area School (TBAS) both fielded one swimmer for the team. India Copland is a Year 9 student at the College who has previously represented South Australia at the Pacific School Games in 2015. India performed well to record a 34.15 (3rd) in the U14 Division 1 backstroke and a 29.62 (3rd) in the U14 Division 1 freestyle. Her backstroke race was a personal best time. India also stepped up as part of the open girls’ medley relay and freestyle relay as well as anchoring her U14 age group freestyle team. Christopher Bawden also in Year 9 but at TBAS has been committed to his training throughout the summer season. He raced three individual events the open butterfly, open breastroke and U15 Division 1 breastroke. In his first race he recorded a 30.19 (personal best for butterfly) and went on to finish 2nd in his age group breastroke race (35.48) and 7th in the open division (36.13). Christopher also swam breastroke in the open medley relay and was a key member of the 4 x 50m open freestyle team which recorded a time of 1.59.44 to finish in 9th position.
Cummins Area School have encouraged a number of new members to the team which has been appreciated considering the departure of some key individuals through to Adelaide boarding schools, as a result of successful scholarship applications. Ned Fuss and Gaeton Gerber both put their hand up to race and offered some excellent results. Ned tore down the pool in the Open Division 3 50m freestyle to clock a 31.13, whilst Gaeton competed in the U16 Division 3 competition and finished in 36.05 seconds. Both boys were on the U16 4 x 50m freestyle relay team who finished 8th (2.15.39).
Keiran Stephens has been training with West Coast Swimming Club for a number of years and made himself available for his second SASSSA representative team. Kieran is an excellent sprinter who is highly suited to this style of meet. He recorded two personal best times on the night. Firstly, a 30.25 to be placed 8th in the Open Division 1 butterfly and secondly, a 27.59 to finish 7th in the Open Division 1 freestyle. He also competed in the U16 Freestyle Division 1 competition and finished in 6th position (28.59).
Thomas Klingberg from Kimba Area School also nominated for the team and was offered the opportunity to swim in three individual races. He quickly acclimatised to competitive swimming protocols through marshalling and pool deck race preparations. He held his own in all three races recording a 47.60 in the U15 Division 2 backstroke, a 50.50 in the U16 Division 2 backstroke and a 38.73 in the U15 Division 2 freestyle.
Representative school sport is an important opportunity that is fostered across the Eyre Peninsula. It is exciting to see students jump at the chance to interact with motivated and enthusiastic students with a similar interest in maintaining their health and fitness through their involvement in swimming from other Eyre Peninsula schools.
Secondary school students will again be invited to nominate for consideration into the 2017 SASSSA A grade swim team later in the school year. The Port Lincoln Pool has plenty of opportunities for interested students to improve their fitness through lap swimming or involvement in programs such as SwimFit. The West Coast Swimming Club also provides coaching support for students who are proficient swimmers and who hold a reasonable level of speed and aquatic fitness. For more information, contact email@example.com
West Coast Swimming Club members Bridie Mickan (Cummins Area School) and India Copland (Navigator College) had the amazing opportunity to represent South Australia at the Pacific School Games, which was hosted in Adelaide commencing on Saturday 21st of November and concluding on Friday 27th. This multi-sport, international sporting event is coordinated through School Sport Australia and attracted competitors from every Australian State and Territory as well as 12 international teams from countries such as New Zealand, Fiji, China, India, Macau and Cambodia.
The Games attracted 4000 participants to Adelaide. Of them, some 600 were involved in the swimming events. To qualify, swimmers must be in the top 4 swimmers within their respective age group, attended scheduled qualifying meets and regularly competing and training at the highest level.
Swimming in the 10 year old girls age group, Bridie performed exceptionally well throughout the championships, achieving a personal best time in every race. To start the competition off she swam the 200m Individual medley - a race which she has been working towards improving for some time. This was followed by the breastroke leg for her relay team which she finished in 44.29 seconds. A huge personal best (PB) time. Day 2 in the pool saw her back this up with a fantastic 50 breastroke in the heats of the 10 year old girls’ event smashing out another new PB of 44.02 which qualified her through to the final in 10th position. She was the only SA Swimmer to make it into the final and swam a blinder. Off the block in .71 seconds and finished in 10th in another PB time of 43.55. This was 3 seconds faster than she was swimming just 4 weeks ago. Bridie also completed the 100m breastroke in a 1.39.12 (2 second PB from a month ago) finishing in 10th position, the 50 backstroke where she whipped off another 2 seconds recording a 41.52, the 100m backstroke (1.31.82) and swam numerous freestyle relay events representing her team.
Swimming in the 13 year old girls age group, India Copland’s first race was in the freestyle leg of the 4 x 50m Medley Relay. She certainly finished of the race in fine style clocking a personal best swim of 28.66 seconds. She also had the opportunity to compete in this sprint event as an individual competitor and recorded a very competitive time of 28.85 seconds which was just .15 of a second shy of the National Age Qualifying time for 13 year old girls. She was placed 17th with the winner of this event just a little over one second infront of India. India continued her run of personal best swims finishing the 100m freestyle in a 1.08.22 as part of the 4 x 100 Medley Relay team and another PB in the 50 backstroke of 34.16 to finish in 13th position.
The Pacific School Games is quite a spectacle with official opening ceremonies and closing ceremonies, visits by past Olympians and the ever present Games mascot "Matey". Swimmers are given the opportunity to make new friends through educational excursions to iconic Adelaide attractions such as the Adelaide Zoo. Both the girls are members of West Coast Swimming Club and are able to make use of the training regime provided at the Port Lincoln Pool. Along with 41 other club representatives they now have their sights set on competing at the SA Country Championships in Loxton commencing on Friday 8th of January and will be working hard to perform at their best at the SA State Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide later on that same month.
From the 16th - 18th of July, swimmers headed to the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre for three intense days of age group competition to determine South Australia’s age group and open Short Course Champions in the pool. During the summer season athletes will conduct the majority of their competition in a 50m (Long Course) swimming pool and then over winter the competition program focuses on events in a shorter distance pool set to 25m (Short Course). All of the team members had secured the qualification prerequisites through previous competition results. Spirits soared as personal best times in a number of events were improved and individuals finished ranked amongst the most competitive swimmers in their respective age groups. With events being resulted based upon performances in heat swims, there was additional pressure to produce a perfect performance. In the week leading up to the Championships a number of swimmers took up chance to train with the squad at Immanuel College where previous club coach Carolyn Veldhuyzen is currently based.
From her 8 events swum, Jade Calverley proved she is one of South Australia’s best multiclass athletes, being award gold in all but one of her events. Jade recently attended a gathering of athletes who have been placed on the ‘Long List’ of athletes who are being considered for possible selection into the 2016 Rio Paralympic Team and proudly wore her International Paralympic attire to the competition. Managing an injury to her wrist, Jade was unable to post her most competitive times, but still swam with purpose and passion. Through her performances at earlier competitions Jade has achieved the qualification standards necessary to contest the Australian Short Course Championships in November in both breastroke and freestyle and has her sights firmly set on this competition.
Joel Edmonds gave the team a real boost with his outstanding performance in the 11 and under 100m freestyle event, which saw him up on the medal podium having recorded the third fastest time in South Australia for his age group. His time of 1.10.01 was a massive thirteen second improvement and with further race experience and refinement of his starts, turns and finishes Joel will certainly be one to watch in this event. Joel didn’t stop at this first event. narrowly missing medals in the 100m butterfly (1.25.38) to finish 5th, 50m freestyle (32.08) to finish 4th and 200m freestyle (2.44.15) to finish 9th.
Max Rogaliski competed in the same age group as his teammate Joel and was focussed on building on his previous experience at State Championship level from January. Max was thrilled to post personal best times in each of his four races and recorded his most competitive times in breastroke. Building on his trade mark super quick reaction time off the starting blocks, Max placed 6th in both the 11 and under 50m breastroke (44.04) and 100m breastroke (1.37.89). His 50m freestyle time has now dropped to 35.31 seconds which improved his previous best by a clear second. His final race of the meet was his 50m backstroke which again saw him wipe 2 seconds from his personal best to finish in 42.67 seconds.
Competing at her first State Championships, Kylie Hurrell contained her nerves and swum two excellent breastroke events. She was able to hold her stroke well for the duration of both races and finished strongly on each occasion. Her 50m time was bettered by .58 of a second to record a 48.61 and with further development of her starts and turns Kylie will be poised for a very exciting SA Country Championships in January.
Two swimmers represented West Coast in the 12 year old girls’ age group. Dana Hurrell is incredible to watch in her events and actively supports her team mates with plenty of positive encouragement. Through her dedication to training and willingness to incorporate coaching feedback, she made some amazing improvements at this event and finished top ten for her age group in both the 50m and 100m breastroke events. Her 50m time was recorded as a 40.34 whilst she wiped three seconds off her 100m time to record a 1.30.27. Dana’s fitness showed throughout the 200m breastroke where she successfully swam a huge 15 seconds faster than she did in January in the same event. Her time was clocked at 3.14.06.
Also competing as a 12 year old, Jamie Ford was able to execute her most successful meet to date walking away with personal best times in all 6 events swum. Her first event of the meet was the 200m butterfly and Jamie finished 5 seconds better than she had previously swum in 3.03.21. Next on the program was the 100m backstroke and she finished in 8th position in 1.18.31 followed by the 100m butterfly in which she literally flew to finish 4 seconds quicker (1.20.26). Jamie loves a 50m sprint event and in the 50m Backstroke she finished 7th in an awesome time of 35.83. In the 50m freestyle she well and truly blitzed her heat on her start to finish in 31.83 seconds (11th) and in her pet event the 50m butterfly she recorded her first sub 34 second swim (33.84 seconds) to record her most competitive placing in 6th.
Christopher Bawden had set himself a busy schedule with 7 events over the three days of competition. Competing as a 14 year old at this meet certainly saw the competition standard heat up. Chris was able to record personal best swims in the 200 metre breastroke where he swam a 2.49.52 to finish in 7th position. He also lowered his 100m breastroke time to 1.18.44 to place 8th and narrowly missed the hat trick of personal bests in the 50m event by .1 of a second, recording a result of 36.71 seconds. Chris also swam the 400m freestyle (5.05.31) and with a little more race experience will quickly drop this event to under the 5 minute mark. His 100m freestyle also has plenty of potential to work down around the minute mark with some careful attention to maintaining consistent low 16 second splits over 25 metres and working hard to hold an efficient streamline after each turn. Chris’s time of 1.05.11 shows he is holding is fitness well over winter and will reap the benefits of regular attendance at training as we come into the summer season. He swam a very quick 50m freestyle race of 28.54 seconds which was a nice .3 second personal best and finished the meet with a 50m butterfly, reaching the end of the pool in a 31.30 which was again quicker than he has ever managed the race previously.
Jamie Ford (12 years) 50m Butterfly - 33.84
The coaching team at West Coast Swimming Club would like to congratulate all of those swimmers attending the championships. Age group swimming can certainly be a challenging environment for swimmers, as the category they are placed in is determined by the age the swimmer is on the first day of the swimming meet. For some swimmers this means swimming with competitors that can be up to 11 months older than they are and can result in a false perception of how competitive they are as compared to swimmers of a similar physical developmental phase in their adolescence. The club places the emphasis on swimmers striving to record personal best times and instead benchmarking their performance against the Junior Excellence and Youth Performance Squad age group criteria.
The club is also extremely proud to announce that they have been listed as a finalist in the community sport category in this year’s Brand SA Regional Awards. The competitive swimming year commences on the 1st of October and the club is always keen to receive enquiries from interested able bodied or swimmers with a disability who are interested in learning more about how they can take advantage of being involved in the sport. More information is available via www.westcoastswimmingclub.com
Members of the West Coast Swimming Club had the opportunity to update their long course (50m) personal best times at the Playford Aquatic Winter Carnival on the first Sunday of the school holidays (July 5th). The carnival was hosted at the Elizabeth Aquadome and focused on the provision of a full program of freestyle and backstroke events. The club then offers a second long course carnival in September focussing on breastroke and butterfly events.
Star performer of the meet was Arjay Isles (9 years) who medalled in each of his races. He has now dropped under the 40 second mark for the 50 freestyle finishing in 38.67 seconds, to record the second fastest time for 10 and under boys. He followed this up in the 100m freestyle with a bronze medal, recording a personal best of 1.34.15. Heading into the backstroke, Arjay completed the 50m race in 46.66 seconds to add another silver medal and knocked 5 seconds of his previous best in the 100m race to finish with his 3rd silver placing in 1.37.57.
Biggest improver was Jessica Mesecke, who at 11 years of age has demonstrated a much better understanding of race skills such as turns and starts and together with her dedication to training, has knocked some serious time off of her previous personal bests. Jessica started with a three second improvement on her freestyle to almost crack the 40 second barrier to finish in 40.66 seconds. She added another personal best in the 100m freestyle with a 1.39.20. Moving into the backstroke, she finished the 50m race in 51.03 seconds and wiped 8 seconds of her 100m previous best to record a finishing time of 1.48.36 seconds.
Tasmin Durdin (11 years) continued to show her talent as a longer distance freestyler recording a massive personal best of 3.00.16 in the 200m event. This removed 23 seconds from her previous best and is well under the Country Championships Standard Time of 3.20.00 for 12 year olds. Her 100m freestyle posted an improvement of 4 seconds to record a 1.25.51 which again is well under the standard required for 11 year olds at the Country Championships. Tasmin also performed extremely well in the 200m backstroke recording a 3.27.31 and it is fantastic to see a young swimmer expanding her repertoire of swims.
Stuart Mesecke (13 years) was all smiles in the 50m freestyle with a new personal best of 34.52 seconds and he maintained a very competitive performance in the 100m race finishing in 1.21.94. It was awesome to see him also improve his 100m backstroke by two seconds to record a 1.38.86, showing that his regular attendance at winter training is setting him up for a very successful summer season.
Jamie Ford (12 years) pumped out her best race of the day for the 50m backstroke 38.12 to take out the gold medal placing in this event. Jamie was also thrilled with her 200m backstroke performance recording a 3.09.82 which was three seconds better than her previous best. Fine tuning race skills performance has been an important focus for Jamie in the lead up to the SA State Age Short Course event in the second week of the school holidays.
South Australian State Team Member Bridie Mickan (10 years) also took advantage of the opportunity to practice her race skills in the lead up to the Pacific School Games held in November this year. Bridie added to her collection of swimming bling with a silver medal in the 10 and under 50m freestyle (37.99), a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle (1.27.48) and a bronze in the 50m backstroke (45.95).
Youngest members of the team; Evie Durdin (9 years) , Yarra Mickan (8 years) and Asta Mickan (6 years) all performed really well and enjoyed the opportunity to race in a new environment. Every pool presents the challenge to adapt to different starting blocks and check turning distances from the wall and for swimmers new to competition racing this add to pre-race nerves. Evie bettered both her 50m freestyle (48.18) and backstoke (56.06) times and created official times for her 100m races in both strokes. Yarra knocked two seconds off his 50m freestyle to record a 47.55, three seconds of his 100m backstroke (2.03.23) and five seconds off his 100m freestyle (1.53.23). At only 6 years of age Asta managed herself responsibly in marshalling and was able to set a new time in the 100m backstroke (2.27.94), record a personal best in the 50 backstroke (1.10.07) and come very close to her existing benchmark in the 50m freestyle (1.00.14).
The Playford Aquatic Club meet was certainly a worthwhile addition to the club’s competition calendar. It was well supported by many metropolitan and country swimming clubs, offered a very competitive field, attracted plenty of sponsorship from local businesses, included excellent food and catering and ran particularly smoothly. The meet enabled West Coast swimmers to evaluate their current winter training regime and re-evaluate their competition goals leading into the summer swimming carnival season.
2015 Lower Eyre Peninsula SAPSASA Swim Team. Front Row: Ashton Webber, Sienna Smith, Evie Durdin, Max Rogalski, Kylie Hurrell, Dylan Evans, Joseph Perin, Bridie Mickan, Ryder Rogalski, Sebastian Henderson. Middle Row: Team Manager Mr Graham McConnell, Kalani Coleman-Smith, Arjay Isle, Samuel Griffith, Larissa Sporer, Isabella Baldwin, Sophie Traeger, Marie Van Roojen, Kyle McInerney Team Coach Sonia Ford. Back Row Liana Baldwin, Harrison Adams, Dana Hurrell, Joel Edmonds, Victoria Henderson, Tasmin Durdin, Jamie Ford.
For only the third time since records were made commencing in 1954, has the Lower Eyre Peninsula SAPSASA Swimming Team been crowned Champion Country District. Winning for the first time in 1992, followed by another win in 2010, the team was thrilled to walk away champions at the State final day on Friday 27th of March 2015. The team finished with a grand total of 247 points – more than 60 points in front of their nearest competitor (Barker and Hills).
The team was comprised of the 25 most competitive age group swimmers born between 2002 and 2005 based upon their personal best swims over the summer competition season, commencing following the Lower Eyre Peninsula Primary School Championship in November 2014. Swimmers represented St Josephs School Port Lincoln, Navigator College, Port Lincoln Primary School and Cummins Area School. Accompanying the team to the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Marion was team coach Mrs Sonia Ford (Navigator College) and team manager Regional SAPSASA Convenor Mr Graham McConnell. Competitors had been supported in training by squad coaches Mr Matt Hamnett, Ms Carol Veldhuyzen and all other members of the West Coast coaching team. A highlight of the team’s performance was the 98% conversion rate from heat swims to finals berths. Almost the entire squad ended up ranked top 8 in their individual event following the heats.
Each year the team selects two captains – one Year 7 male and female. This year Jamie Ford (Port Lincoln Primary School) and Harrison Adams (St Josephs School) were invited to represent the team in collecting the championship pennant. Both swimmers have been members of the team for their 4th consecutive year.
Individual swimmers who finished first and earned the title of SA Country SAPSASA Champion were Harrison Adams (2002) who finished first in the 13 years 50m freestyle (31.54) and first in the 50m butterfly in 35.75 seconds. Jamie Ford (2003) carried on her winning record in butterfly and backstroke finishing both of these events multiple body lengths infront of the field. She created a new personal best long course time in the butterfly of 35.23 (4 seconds clear of her nearest competitor) and a 38.23 in the backstroke.
Joel Edmonds (2003) swam a blinder in the 50 freestyle (31.70) to receive the bronze medal but was beaming following his gold medal swim in a very close 50m butterfly final (38.32). Bridie Mickan (2005) is to be commended for her excellent 50m breastroke heat swim of 49.19 which following the publication of metro results has her ranked fastest 10 year old in the state. She held on in the final to bring home the gold medal in this event for the LEP blitzing the competition by over three seconds.
Also smashing the competition in breastroke was Dana Hurrell (2002). Dana has developed an extremely efficient and powerful breastroke style, with increasing front end speed and more polished starts and finishes. Similarly to Bridie, she left the competition three seconds behind in the final to finish in a 40.30.
Teams who gold in the 4 x 50 freestyle relay included the 10 year old boys Arjay Isle, Sebastian Henderson, Ashton Webber and Ryder Rogalski who finished 7 seconds clear of the field in 2.53.57. At the other end of the team the 13 year old boys team also held the lead for their entire race to bring home another gold in 2.28.40. Congratulations Samuel Griffiths, Joel Edmonds, Max Rogalski and Kalani Coleman-Smith.
Breastroke swim of the meet went to Sebastian Henderson who completed his heat swim in a personal best time of 55.79 seconds and went into the final ranked 5th. Harnessing the excitement of his first SAPSASA final he wiped off another nearly 2 seconds to lift his final placing to 4th and nail another PB of 53.92 seconds.
A number of early outstanding personal performances really lifted team spirit and the general excitement level and set the scene for some scorching times. In the 50m freestyle, Ryder Rogalski (2005) cracked the 40 second barrier and recorded a 39.27. Marie Van Roojen (2005) went into the championships with a personal best of 44.76 and after a summer of training with the squad wiped of 4 seconds to record a 40.21. She is an outstanding team player who stepped up into a number of relay events and combined this with heats and finals swims in butterfly at the end of the meet.
Similarly, Dylan Evans (2004) came into the championships yet to record a time under 40 seconds and swum himself through to the 11 years freestyle final following a heat swim of 38.88. Tasmin Durdin (2004) lit the pool on fire with a 35.53 in her heat swim and followed this up with a second personal best in the final (35.23) to bring home the bronze medal. Larissa Sporer (2003) has a beautiful, efficient stroke style and matched this with a smile from ear to ear with her bronze medal finish in the 50 freestyle, in a lightning fast time of 34.55. Also wiping off almost a clear second from her previous personal best was Isabella Baldwin (2002) who made it through to the final in 34.65.
Breastrokers hit the pool next and after excellent performances from Seb Henderson and Bridie Mickan in the 10 year old field, Kyle McInerney (2004) recorded a 51.29 in his heat swim to be ranked 5th. He then upped the anti in the final bettering this time and recording a 49.58 to finish in 4th position overall. Kylie Hurrell (2004) completed her 50m breastroke in 49.19 which would have been good enough for the 2014 gold but in an extremely competitive 2015 field she placed in 6th position. Max Rogalski (2003) loves competing in breastroke and has put together some excellent championship racing experience over summer, but narrowly missed the medals being touched out on the wall to finish in 46.62 seconds. Kalani Coleman-Smith (2002) had a great swim in the heats finishing in a long course personal best time of 46.88.
The next round of events on the program were for backstrokers and first in the field to medal was Arjay Isle (2005) who swam a 48.59 in the final to collect the bronze medal in this race. Bridie Mickan (2005) also gave the final her best effort to collect another bronze in 47.27. Dylan Evans (2004) and Tasmin Durdin (2004) both smashed their existing personal bests to finish in 5th (46.84) and 2nd (42.15) overall. In a breathtaking finish for Samuel Griffiths (2003) he walked away with bronze (40.58) with the gold medal position just .4 of a second further in front of him. Liana Baldwin’s (2002) textbook backstroke saw an excellent personal best in the heats (40.06) with a gustsy bronze medal swim in the final to record another PB (39.65). Being able to convert a personal best heat swim into a personal best finals swim is an extremely important performance attribute and one all swimmers strive to achieve.
To finish the program the butterfly swimmers took to the water and first to make the finals was Ryder Rogalski (2005) who finished in 5th position in 1.01.66. Ryder has shown great perseverance over the last 6 weeks in preparation for the race ensuring that his feet act in unison – if they don’t, a disqualification can be incurred. Marie Van Roojen (2005) is to be congratulated for her bronze medal in this event. Marie is a new recruit to swimming following the 2014 Lower Eyre Peninsula schools carnival and she shows great promise in the pool. She finished the race in a 53.71. Joseph Perin (2004) also made it through to the finals following an excellent personal best swim of 51.49. His final placing was 7th overall. Tasmin Durdin appeared again in the butterfly finals finishing in 7th position (45.89) and Larissa Sporer (2003) gave a gutsy performance at the end of the day to take out 5th place in a 40.32 after an outstanding earlier heat time of 39.32. The final race of the day saw Victoria Henderson (2002) racing back into marshalling after the 13yrs 4 x 50 freestyle relay to swim to smash out a two second personal best for her 50 fly to complete the race in 42.04 seconds.
On behalf of the Lower Eyre Peninsula Swimming Team we would like to acknowledge all of the parents who supported individual swimmers, enabling them to attend this event and add their own contribution to the achievements of the swim team. Financially, it is a significant commitment and some parents were also able to negotiate time away from work to be there in person. Each swimmer recorded personal best times on the day, maintained excellent conduct and actively supported their team mates through positive encouragements. The support of senior West Coast Swimmers was also important and the team would like to thank Tommy Ford and Brooke Traeger for their assistance in marshalling, team organisation and record keeping throughout the day.
Medallists at SAPSASA have the opportunity to nominate for selection into the South Australian Team to attend the Pacific School Games which will be hosted in Adelaide in November 2015. The closing date (2nd of April) has now passed and swimmers have a last opportunity to post a personal best time at a Junior Excellence Competition hosted in Adelaide in May. We have upwards of 5 swimmers who are seeking selection into the team and will be working hard over the next month to prepare themselves to do their best.
Members of the West Coast Swimming club were invited to swim for their school at the recent B Grade SASSA (South Australian Secondary Schools Association) championships hosted by School Sport SA at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide (Tuesday 3rd of March). Nine Eyre Peninsula schools combined their pool talents to present both a Far West boys and girls team in the competition. Represented schools from Port Lincoln included St Joseph’s School, Navigator College and Port Lincoln High School. Neighbouring schools Cummins Area School and Tumby Bay Area School also fielded members of the team together with swimmers from Ceduna Area School. Joining the team from Whyalla were students from Samaritan College and Edward John Eyre High School who picked up a single swimmer from Port Augusta High School to complete the team.
The Far West team has climbed the swimming ranks having topped the C Grade division in 2014. This year they again walked away champions after having been promoted to the B Grade competition. Topping some of Adelaide’s most well positioned and resourced private schools the team now has its sights on being invited to swim in the A Grade competition and compete against schools such as Immanuel College, Trinity Grammar, Woolford and Prince Alfred College. The boys team finished with a point score of 780, more than 150 points ahead of the nearest rival whilst the girls team finished in second place with 638 points just 50 points shy of the St Peter’s Girls team who finished on 686 points. Their combined team total of 1418 was a massive 400 points in front of Scotch College – the team’s nearest rival.
Individual swimmers had some fantastic performances under the pressure of back to back racing. Kieran Stephens (Cummins AS) swam Division 1, 50m fly in a 32.36 followed by a series of excellent freestyle races. He posted the second fastest U15 boys time of a 29.19 only beaten by fellow team member Maxwell Lambert (St Josephs) who took out Division 1 in a 28.63.
Brooke Traeger (St Joseph’s School) was a key member of the girls team and represented both the open and U16 girls division in freestyle and butterfly. She was the third fastest open 50m butterfly swimmer and finished in a 30.99 and a close second in the 50m freestyle (29.13 seconds). Team mate Kellie Dennis (St Josephs) has made some significant improvements in her freestyle, being able to consistently clock 32 seconds for the 50m freestyle in three different age divisions.
India Copland (Navigator College) was a valuable member of the team racking up points in both freestyle, backstroke and breastroke. She finished the 50m U14 Division 1 backstroke in a 37.38 seconds followed by a cracked swim in the 50m freestyle of 31.10. Competing in his last SASSA team was Year 12 student Henry Lambert (St Josephs) who filled a full quota of races. Having raced in open state swimming championships Henry belted out a fast 50m freestyle of 26.41 seconds together with an impressive 33.69 for his 50 breastroke.
Of the 27 swimmers who participated in the B Grade championships, 15 swimmers were those who rely upon the availability of the Port Lincoln Leisure centre to maintain their fitness, strength and familiarity with competitive racing protocols. It was fantastic that all regional schools were able to support the teams travel and implement flexible teaching and assessment tasks so that particularly senior students are still able to feel confident nominating for the team. The team will wait with baited breath to see if their overall winning score was sufficient enough to see them elevated to the championship’s highest grade for 2016. Swimmers also have the opportunity to nominate for consideration into the SA Secondary School Sport Swimming team who will field competitors at the National School Sport Championships which will be running concurrently with the 2015 Pacific School Games in Adelaide.
Rear - Trent Ritter, Nik Constantinopolous, Mitchell Schwerdt, Tyson Lynch, Reyner Clarke, Simon Geldenhuys, Christopher Bawden, India Copland, Ania Constantinopolous, Madeline McShane. Middle / Front - Alanah Hancock, Henry Nelligan, Kieran Stephens, Adele Lynch, Taylah Stirling, Demi Lynch, Jamie Matsen, Meg Sheasby, Tommy Ford, Stuart Mesecke, Alleigh Hamnett, Yemaya Coleman-Smith, Kellie Dennis, Brooke Traeger. Team Coach - Sonia Ford
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