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To celebrate our final Point Score event of the year the West Coast Swimming Club awarded five individuals with Swimmer of the Month awards for November and December. Congratulations to Lauren Nicholls and Kellie Dennis who have both represented our club at recent Open Carnivals and demonstrated their dedication to training, improvements in their personal performances and great support of their team mates. Congratulations also to Henry Nelligan, Kilani Coleman - Smith and Stuart Mesecke. They are courageous and focused swimmers at point score and open carnivals and are prepared to put in the hard work necessary to develop competitive times over 50 and 100m distances. Their personal bests times continue to drop and it will be a rewarding moment to see if any or all of these boys will make the final cut to be able to represent the Lower Eyre Peninsula for SAPSASA in March next year.
With less than 4 weeks to go, the heat is now on with swimmers launching into final preparations for the 2013 South Australian Country Championships. It is vital that swimmers maintain their commitment to training, attention to rest and recovery between training and careful nutrition to enable their performance on the day to reflect the investment of time and energy they have made. Swimming supports the development of personal belief in your own abilities, confidence to perform under pressure, self discipline and commitment to achieving a goal. All of our young athletes appreciate the opportunity to learn these life long lessons with the support of coaching staff, their parents and older competitors.
The program of events had a special focus on allowing swimmers to finalise their qualifying times for the Country Championships in light of the radical changes that were implemented by Swimming SA only a few weeks prior. In some instances qualifying times over 100m dropped by 11 seconds creating a great deal of anxiety and frustration in amongst the club for those families who had originally met the qualifying standards. Many of our swimmers continue to maintain their steady rate of improvement and it is well worth club members reflecting on some of our early point score results to track how significant this has been for some individuals.
Coen George began the season swimming his 50m freestyle in 38.47, but now is close to 3 seconds faster at 35.78 making the 10 fastest freestylers competing at Point Score. Similarly Max Lambert began the season posting a 50m freestyle time of 36.01, however blitzed the pool on Friday to register a 33.53. To top off the noteable performances by our 12 year old boys - Kieran Stephans registered a 36.63 to kick off the season and is now at a 34.25. Another mover in the freestyle has been Cameron Akehurt who is exceptional close to making a 36! Friday night he recorded a time of 37 dead which is 3 seconds faster than he was swimming in June. This improvement has still been achieved despite careful management of a shoulder injury. Cooper Perham has made up plenty of ground over the season thus far with his time of 40.46 a massive 6 seconds faster than in June. He will be looking to join Harrison and Cameron in making a time in under the 40 second mark over the 50m freestyle the next time we race.
Jasmine Clark posted a time of 48.37 to kick off the season but is now an incredible 5 seconds faster in the 50m freestyle (43.53) and could clearly aim for a sub 40 second time prior to the conclusion of summer. Determination to improve is evident from the gutsy swims Victoria Henderson has been pushing out. She swam the 50m freestyle in 43.83 and 50m butterfly in 52.18. Competition in this age group is tight with Maya Lloyd and Taleah Milton making some great advances in time. Both swam the 50m freestyle in 47 seconds (47.62 and 47.78 respectively) Maya followed up her freestyle swim with an excellent breastroke race coming in under the minute mark on 56.27 making her the fastest 10 year old on the night, in this event.
Most of our senior swimmers took the chance to review their 200 Individual Medley time and Luke Andrews set the benchmark at 2.29.31. With careful consideration of a wining race plan Luke could create an upset in this event as well and claim a Country Record which has held firm since 1989 (14 years). He will need to beat a time of 2.25.11 at the Country Championships to take the honours from Blue Lake Y swimmer - Damien Burns.
To finish off the night superfish Charlee Watt showed us just what is possible as she is now able to push out a 50m butterfly at just 7 years of age. She completed her event in a personal best of three seconds since her last swim (1.45.00).
All of the results and improvements from Point Score are available on www.westcoastswimmingclub.com Club members also take note of our holiday training calendar which has been made available via email. Junior swimmers begin their time with our club as a natural progression from development through the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre Swim School or through identification during school swimming programs. Our club is supported by a vibrant and active group of committee members who, like their children love the sport of swimming.
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