West Coast Swimmers enjoyed their final point score event for the current 2013 / 14 swimming season on Friday 26th of September. Points will now be tallied as a result of personal best improvements over the season in preparation for the End of Season Trophy Presentation Day at Boston Bay Wines on Sunday 26th of October. It was rewarding for many swimmers to record notable improvements across many of their events. Fastest 100m freestyle on the night went to Kieren Stephens (14) from Cummins who recorded a 1.04.57 narrowly edging out Brooke Traeger (15) who finished in a 1.04.91. Kieren also notched up a great result in the 50m butterfly finishing in 33.39 seconds. Many swimmers are now evaluating their performances against Country Championship standards as we head into the summer racing season. It was great to see Larissa Sporer (11) knock 5 seconds off her previous 100m freestyle time and record a 1.26.16 to go well under the Country Standard time. She teamed this with a fantastic 50 butterfly time of 44.67 to sneak this event into her program for January as well.
Congratulations to swimmers of the month Max Rogalski, Stuart Mesecke, Issy Scott and Chris Bawden, Ellie Akehurst and Tasmin Durdin. All of these swimmers have shown fantastic dedication during training and have made clear goals to improve their personal performance. They were presented with Sports Star Certificates courtesy of McDonald’s Port Lincoln.
Chris Bawden's (13) talent in breastroke continues to impress with further improvements to record 38.20 over 50m and 1.27.36 in the 100m. Chris will be aiming to rewrite Country Record books in this stroke over summer with the long course country record standing at 37.34 in the 50m event. With a disciplined approach to perfecting turns during training he could also look to make considerable improvements in his 100m and 200m personal bests.
One to watch coming into Primary School Championships will be Max Rogalski (10). He has quickly got his head around the measurement of personal improvement according to benchmarked times and is edging on a number of Country Qualifying Standards for the 11 and under age group. He has demonstrated the ability to cope well with an increase in training and was thrilled to record a 49.59 for the 50m breastroke (under standard). The addition of 100 and 200m breastroke races to his repertoire will be important over the coming months.
Sibling rivalry within the swim club spurred a number of improvements at point score including an excellent performance in the 200m breastroke by Emma Hamnett (11). She edged out older sister Alleigh to come within 4 seconds of the State Qualification Standard of 3.36.45. Congratulations on an awesome 200m breastroke in 3.40.36. Liana Baldwin (12) has made some great improvements in her freestyle finishing 6th fastest female at point score in a 1.29.47 in the 100m event. She also clocked a personal best in the 50m event (38.55) and celebrated with twin Isabella Baldwin (12) who finished in a very low 37 (37.31).
Harrison Adams (12) has developed an excellent 200m Individual Medley which sees swimmers complete 50m of each stroke in the order butterfly, backstroke, breastroke and freestyle. Heading off to State Championships next week with 7 swims, Harrison completed his 200IM in 3.05.65.
Young Bryce Hammond (7) has come ahead leaps and bounds and is in the process of building 100 and 200m race experience. t was incredible to see him complete his first 200m Individual Medley successfully finishing 50m in all four strokes. His 'gutsy' can do attitude is inspiring and this paired with his natural athleticism will see rewarding improvements in his personal best times. His 50m backstroke is now under the 50 second mark (49.07) and his 100m backstroke saw him finish well under the 2 minute mark (1.55.60). Incredibly Bryce was within .10 of a second of recording his first 11 and under country qualifying standard in the 100m backstroke - an amazing achievement for a 7 year old swimmer.
West Coast Swimmers will head to the State Short Course Championships during the second week of the school holidays. This is an age group and open event and will provide an opportunity to race under the pressure of championship level swimming. Warm up at these meets can be challenging with upwards of 200 competitors vying for lane space. Many of those swimmers going will have the 2015 Pacific School Games on their radar and will be preparing their individual race programs to facilitate personal best performance over the summer long course program with view towards possible selection into a South Australian team.
The club would like to sincerely thank all of those parents and supporters who quickly nominated for timekeeping, marshalling and starting duties. The club prides itself on an athlete centred approach, driven by the judgement and experience of the coaching team and supported by a strong focus on parent volunteering. Swimming provides opportunities for young people to develop positive self-perception, be personally rewarded for hard work and perseverance and value the importance of supporting your team mates.
Sonia Ford is our publicity officer and would love to hear of noteworthy news items from our swimming community!