West Coast Swimmers enjoyed a night of racing at the Port Lincoln Pool on Friday 29th of August. The club facilitates monthly point score events which simulate race marshalling protocols and offer swimmers the opportunity to update their personal best times or trial new race distances and events. This is the second to last point score for the current 2013/14 swimming season which closes on the 30th of September. The club then immediately rolls over to the following 2014/15 season with the State Short Course Championships being attended by 7 swimmers during the October school holidays. It was pleasing to see many of the junior squad swimmers taking advantage of point score to begin preparations for the Lower Eyre Peninsula Primary Schools Swimming Championship on the 31st of October. Swimmers in years 3 - 7 are invited to participate in the carnival with representative teams nominated by the team coordinator at each school.
10 year old Sophie Traeger had an excellent swim in her 100m freestyle to record a personal best time of 1.32.50 with team mate Tasmin Durdin (9 years) showing enormous potential finishing in 1.35.93. Both girls will be working hard to sneak under the Country Qualifying standard of 1.31.50 for the 11U age group. Biggest improvers amongst the girls were Kylie Hurrell (10) who shaved more than 17 seconds off from her previous personal best (1.42.22) and Jessica Mesecke who recorded a 14 second PB (1.59.11).
Fastest 100 freestyle on the night went to Brooke Traeger in a 1.04.47 with Kieran Stephens a close second in a great time of 1.06.88. Immediately behind Kieran was Max Lambert who finished in 1.07.15. Both of the boys have made plenty of ground on this swim since the last time trial, recording 5 and 6 second personal bests.
Star backstrokers for night were Dylan Evans (10 years) 48.62, who is now within a second of the Country Qualification standard of 47.30, Bryce Hammond (7 years) who knocked off over 4 seconds to record a 52.07 and Jamie Ford (11 years) who finished in 1.29.03 and will contest this event in October at the 2014 Short Course State Championships.
Dana Hurrell continues to set the pool on fire with her impressive command of breastroke. Her 100m time of 1.35.01 is well under the State Qualifying standard for 12 year old girls (1.40.00). Equally impressive was her incredible 20 second improvement on her 200 breastroke (3.24.28) which has her well under the 3.32.00 cut off for State Championships. Her dedication and attention at training is definitely paying big dividends and with race experience over the coming summer months will be a serious contender in age group events.
Equally impressive on the breastroke front is Chris Bawden who has come ahead leaps and bounds in his proficiency over the winter season. Clocking a 21 second personal best in the 200 breastroke, Chris’s 200m time of 3.12.13 is 10 seconds under the 13 year old State Qualification standard and partnered with his 7 second PB in the 100 breastroke of 1.30.50 makes for a very exciting start to an action packed summer of racing.
Joseph Perin (10 years) looked impressive on the 25 fly and it was fantastic to see Seb Henderson back in the water racing. It is important that swimmers take advantage of point score opportunities to build race confidence in events that they would like to add to their summer programs. Madeline McShane (1.36.93) and Isabella Scott (1.49.72) both recorded great improvements in their 100 butterfly with both girls achieving the standard necessary to add this to their Country Championships card in January.
The West Coast Swimming club are looking forward to an exciting future with the recent Port Lincoln City Council decision to acquire the Port Lincoln Pool from the Sarin Group. With an allocated spend of $6 million on redevelopments for the centre, the club is hoping to see an increase in the area available for spectator seating combined with more efficient heating and refurbishment of the change room facilities.
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