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.
Sonia Ford is our publicity officer and would love to hear of noteworthy news items from our swimming community!