Congratulations to West Coast swimmer Alinta Dingwall who has now completed her first National Age Swimming Championship event. Alinta competed in three races over the week-long event at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Queensland. To reach the qualifying targets to race at this level of competition is extremely challenging and Alinta entered the meet having met these targets in the 13 year old 50m, 100m, and 200m freestyle.
Racing against Australia’s best age group athletes, Alinta improved her ranking in the 200m freestyle from 55th through to 18th with a personal best time of 2.14.05 seconds wiping 2.86 seconds off her previous personal best and recording South Australia’s fastest 13 year old 200m time.
In her 100m freestyle race Alinta moved from a ranking of 28th through to 16th with a .17 second personal best (1.01.27). This time was just .35 of a second away from a finals berth in this event.
In her final event, the 50m freestyle, Alinta secured a trifecta of personal best efforts reducing her time by .25 seconds to improve her ranking from 46th through to 33rd. She recorded a lightening fast time of 28.35 seconds in this event.
Based upon this year’s published qualifying times, Alinta has already secured the 14 year old standard in these three events and it’s looking like competing at a National level will be a regular fixture on her competition schedule. Alinta’s dedication, application to her training programs and self-discipline have been exceptional. West Coast Swimming Club would also like to extend our thanks to coaches Grant Muller and Rian Pate from Immanuel Piranhas who were available on pool deck to encourage and support Alinta throughout the competition.
West Coast Swimmers travelled through to Whyalla on the 20th of March to support the Whyalla Swimming Club’s Annual Open Short Course Carnival. This event provides swimmers with the first opportunity in the short course calendar of events to post times for consideration in the State Short Course Championships scheduled in July.
For the fourth consecutive year, West Coast Swimming Club took out the Rob Simpson Memorial 4 x 50m Medley Relay in a time of 2.13.84. Representing West Coast were Nicol Wright (backstroke), Kye Oestmann (breastroke), Joseph Perin (butterfly) and Alinta Dingwall (freestyle).
Receiving a gold medal for finishing first in a freestyle event were; Tyler Davidson (M12&U 50m 31.76), Kye Oestmann (M13-14 50m 30.85, M13-14 100m 1.09.29), Joseph Perin (M15&O 50m 27.98), Oscar Dingwall M12&U 100m 1.13.52), Bailey Fraser (M15&O 100m 1.08.31), Charlotte Davidson (F10&U 25m 16.21, 12&U 50m 34.94), Alinta Dingwall (F13-14 50m 29.31, F13-14 100m 1.01.74) and Nicol Wright (F15&O 50m 29.75, F15&0 100m 1.06.44).
Swimmers recording significant personal bests in the 50m freestyle event were Beau Hood (38.35), Dustin Siviour (45.19), Eddy Dingwall (52.74), Adler Larwood (38.28), Maggie McInerney (39.01) and Indigo Hood (54.31). All of these swimmers improved their personal best by over 2.5 seconds which is a considerable margin over a sprint distance.
First place getters in breastroke were Oscar Dingwall (M12&U 50m 42.95, M14&U 200m 3.08.41), Kye Oestmann (M13-14 50m 40.39), Joseph Perin (M15&O 50m 36.48), Bailey Fraser (M15&O 100m 1.33.15) Tori Siviour (F12&U 50m 44.81, F12&U 100m 1.39.19), Alinta Dingwall (F13-14 50m 38.68, F13-14 100m 1.24.62, F14U 200m 3.02.35), Kylie Hurrell (F15&O 50m 38.83, F15&O 100m 1.23.06, F15&O 200m 2.56.57) and Charlotte Davidson (F10&U 25m 22.59).
Winners in the backstroke competition were Charlotte Davidson (F10&U 25m 19.90, F12&U 50m 41.59), Alinta Dingwall (F13-14 50m 35.02, F13-14 100m 1.16.07), Nicol Wright (F15&O 50m 33.52, F15&O 100m 1.13.30), Maya Fraser (F12&U 100m 1.43.33), Tyler Davidson (M12&U 50m 35.61, M12&U 100m 1.20.61, M14&U 200m 2.46.00) and Joseph Perin (M15&O 50m 33.33, M15&O 100m 1.12.16).
West Coast Medley Handicap Teams also enjoyed success with West Coast G (Jade Blacker - backstroke, Indigo Hood - breastroke, Romey Larwood - butterfly and Maya Fraser - freestyle) finishing first and West Coast E (Beau Hood - backstroke, Bradley Wright - breastroke, Braden Holley - butterfly and Tyler Davidson - freestyle) finishing second!
Gold medalists in the butterfly events were Alinta Dingwall (F 13-14 50m 34.03, F13-14 100m 1.18.73), Charlotte Davidson (F10&U 25m 22.59), Oscar Dingwall (M12&U 50m 36.79) and Joseph Perin (M15&O 50m 32.10).
With travel to other regional competitions challenging due to significant road distances and flight costs, the Whyalla competition is an important opportunity for all club swimmers to chart personal improvements, demonstrate the result of their hard work in training and work towards the achievement of qualifying times to permit competition at higher levels in the sport. Swimmers will shortly take a three week break following Easter and over the school holidays; with training to recommence at the beginning of Term 2.
West Coast swimmers excelled at the recent State Age Long Course Championships held at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre over the Long Weekend, Thursday 4th to Monday 8th March.
Congratulations to Alinta Dingwall (13) who secured two additional National Age Championship qualification standards in both her 100m (1.01.44) and 200m (2.16.91) Freestyle to complement her qualification in the 50m event. Alinta will be competing at Swimming Australia’s National Age Championships at the Gold Coast Swimming and Aquatic Centre in Queensland commencing on Monday 5th of April. Alinta secured 2 silver medals in the 13 years 50m Backstroke (33.91) and 50m Freestyle (28.60) and 2 bronze medals in the 100m and 200m Freestyle.
Tahni Kelsh (12) blitzed the backstroke, setting another SA Country record in the 50m event with a time of 33.11 seconds. Tahni was named SA Age Group Champion in both this event and the 100m backstroke (1.13.14) improving her event entry time by over 4 seconds. Tahni also medalled in the 50m Freestyle, finishing second in a personal best time of 29.74 seconds and made top 5 swimmers in three other events - the 100m Freestyle (1.05.27), 100m Butterfly (1.15.14) and 50m Butterfly (32.68).
Oscar Dingwall (11) has honed his race skills and took away three State Champion titles being awarded for his exceptional efforts in the 50m Breastroke (40.04), 100m Breastroke (1.29.41) and 200m Individual Medley (2.48.34). Oscar also performed well in both the 50m (34.53) and 100m Butterfly (1.20.29) finishing in the bronze medal position in both of these events.
Recently recommencing training after the difficulty of COVID disruptions throughout 2021, Joseph Perin (16) certainly demonstrated his capability to maintain his competitiveness as a state finalist. Joseph was recalled to finals (top 10 competitors) in the 50m Backstroke (32.60), 50m Breastroke (36.63), 50m Freestyle (28.08) and 100m Backstroke (1.13.16). He achieved his greatest time improvement in the 50m Backstroke dropping 1.45 seconds.
Competing only on the Monday of competition, due to Cricket and Hockey commitments, Bryce Hammond (14) also was recalled to finals in all three of his individual events. Bryce swum his 50m Freestyle in a time of 26.85, 200 Individual Medley in a time of 2.31.24 and 100m Backstroke in a time of 1.07.69. Bryce has also qualified to compete at the National Age Championships on the Gold Coast in the 50m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly, however, will be representing South Australia at the Under 15 National Hockey Championships in Bathurst NSW which is being run concurrently.
Swimming at their first State Age Championships were Charlotte Davidson (10) and Braden Holley (12). Charlotte achieved some excellent personal improvements shaving 1.63 seconds from her 50m Backstroke (40.67), 1.40 seconds from her 100m Freestyle (1.17.88), 3.22 seconds from her 100m Backstroke (1.30.54), .76 of a second from her 50m Freestyle (33.59) and .71 of a second from her 50m Breastroke (47.78). Braden competed in the 50m Freestyle recording a time of 35.62 seconds.
Swimmers are currently preparing for the SAPSASA State Country Finals scheduled for the 26th of March as well as the Whyalla Open Carnival on Saturday 20th of March and Open Water on the following day.
Despite the incredible challenges of this past year, West Coast Swimmers competing at the South Australian 13 and Under Short Course Swimming Championships in Adelaide on the 26th and 27th of September have been able to deliver some amazing results; demonstrating their resilience, determination and competitive spirit.
Named Age Group State Champion in their individual events were Asta Mickan (11 years) in the 50m backstroke (36.53), 100m breastroke (1.24.30), 50m breastroke (39.16) and 100m backstroke (1.17.98); Bryce Hammond (13 years) in the 50m backstroke (29.86), 100m Individual Medley (1.06.63), 100m backstroke (1.04.53) and 50m butterfly (27.98) and Oscar Dingwall (11 years) in the 100m breastroke (1.29.22), 50m breastroke (41. 36) and 200m Individual Medley (2.57.08).
Silver medal performances were recorded by Alinta Dingwall (13 years) in the 50m backstroke (33.74), 50m freestyle (28.61) and 100m freestyle (1.02.30); Bryce Hammond in the 50m freestyle (26.34) and 100m butterfly (1.02.95) and Asta Mickan in the 100m freestyle (1.10.28) and 200m Individual Medley (2.49.10).
Bronze medals went to Bryce Hammond in the 100m breastroke (1.18.38), 50m breastroke (35.72) and 100m freestyle (58.65), Asta Mickan in the 50m freestyle (31.97) and Oscar Dingwall in the 50m butterfly (35.85).
The swimmers recorded numerous personal best performances. Oscar Dingwall set new personal benchmarks in the 50m backstroke (39.89, - 2.31 seconds), 50m freestyle (34.01, - 0.86 seconds) 200m freestyle (2.41.63, -18.44), 100m backstroke (1.30.47, -5.26) and 100m freestyle (1.14.50, -2.52). Alinta Dingwall bettered her previous bests in the 100m breastroke (1.24.56, - 0.64 seconds), 200m freestyle (2.19.42, - 4.09 seconds), 200m backstroke (2.48.24; - 4.72 seconds), 50m breastroke (38.40, - 0.69), 100m Individual Medley (1.14.74, -0.95) and 400m freestyle (5.00.86, -17.03). Also recording new personal bests were Asta Mickan in the 100m butterfly (1.29.06, - 6.61 seconds) and 50m butterfly (37.60, - 2.29) and Bryce Hammond in the 200m backstroke (2.26.04, - 8.90 seconds).
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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