Congratulations to Ellie McInerney and Jade Calverley who both represented South Australia at the National School Sport Swimming Championships held at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre from the 8th - 14th of September 2013. Also competing at the event were Kyle Chalmers (Marion) and Bailey Harriden (Bendigo Hawks) both previous club members. Rising to the challenge of competing against multiclass state age champions from across the country, Ellie set new personal best times in both the 50m (52.27) and 100m (1.55.54) freestyle and was excited to be able to spend time with old friends and welcome new swimmers on to the state team. Jade has made some excellent headway on both her 50m freestyle and breastroke personal bests. A relay swim in 45 seconds was a further improvement on her individual swim at 46.34 for the freestyle. These times have her placed in the top 30 internationally, according to the International Paralympic Committee's ranking system. Jade was thrilled with her 50m breastroke race making a significant improvement to record a 58.82 placing her in the top 10 and with continued progress will see her race at the Australian Multiclass Championships in Sydney in April. Jade is currently at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra as part of her selection onto the Paralympic Youth Development Team. The camp takes place over a week long program where Jade is engaged in rigorous fitness testing and daily pool sessions. The swimmers were also given a day off from competition in Adelaide to be able to enjoy the festivities at the Royal Adelaide Show.
Canberra is the place to be with Kyle Chalmers also having been retained after the State Teams Event to participate in the National Youth Camp which concludes on the 28th of September. The talented teenager won three gold and three silver medals at the State Teams Short Course Championships to finish the weekend with the award for the boy’s 14-15 years Swimmer of the Meet. The South Australian sprinter also set two new meet records in the boy’s 14-15 years 100 and 200m freestyle events and will be able to use this week to
work closely with a number of coaches and high performance staff to further develop his racing skills and technique. His 100m freestyle time is now down under the 50 second mark - an incredible achievement.
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