West Coast Swimming Club members Bridie Mickan (Cummins Area School) and India Copland (Navigator College) had the amazing opportunity to represent South Australia at the Pacific School Games, which was hosted in Adelaide commencing on Saturday 21st of November and concluding on Friday 27th. This multi-sport, international sporting event is coordinated through School Sport Australia and attracted competitors from every Australian State and Territory as well as 12 international teams from countries such as New Zealand, Fiji, China, India, Macau and Cambodia.
The Games attracted 4000 participants to Adelaide. Of them, some 600 were involved in the swimming events. To qualify, swimmers must be in the top 4 swimmers within their respective age group, attended scheduled qualifying meets and regularly competing and training at the highest level.
Swimming in the 10 year old girls age group, Bridie performed exceptionally well throughout the championships, achieving a personal best time in every race. To start the competition off she swam the 200m Individual medley - a race which she has been working towards improving for some time. This was followed by the breastroke leg for her relay team which she finished in 44.29 seconds. A huge personal best (PB) time. Day 2 in the pool saw her back this up with a fantastic 50 breastroke in the heats of the 10 year old girls’ event smashing out another new PB of 44.02 which qualified her through to the final in 10th position. She was the only SA Swimmer to make it into the final and swam a blinder. Off the block in .71 seconds and finished in 10th in another PB time of 43.55. This was 3 seconds faster than she was swimming just 4 weeks ago. Bridie also completed the 100m breastroke in a 1.39.12 (2 second PB from a month ago) finishing in 10th position, the 50 backstroke where she whipped off another 2 seconds recording a 41.52, the 100m backstroke (1.31.82) and swam numerous freestyle relay events representing her team.
Swimming in the 13 year old girls age group, India Copland’s first race was in the freestyle leg of the 4 x 50m Medley Relay. She certainly finished of the race in fine style clocking a personal best swim of 28.66 seconds. She also had the opportunity to compete in this sprint event as an individual competitor and recorded a very competitive time of 28.85 seconds which was just .15 of a second shy of the National Age Qualifying time for 13 year old girls. She was placed 17th with the winner of this event just a little over one second infront of India. India continued her run of personal best swims finishing the 100m freestyle in a 1.08.22 as part of the 4 x 100 Medley Relay team and another PB in the 50 backstroke of 34.16 to finish in 13th position.
The Pacific School Games is quite a spectacle with official opening ceremonies and closing ceremonies, visits by past Olympians and the ever present Games mascot "Matey". Swimmers are given the opportunity to make new friends through educational excursions to iconic Adelaide attractions such as the Adelaide Zoo. Both the girls are members of West Coast Swimming Club and are able to make use of the training regime provided at the Port Lincoln Pool. Along with 41 other club representatives they now have their sights set on competing at the SA Country Championships in Loxton commencing on Friday 8th of January and will be working hard to perform at their best at the SA State Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide later on that same month.
From the 16th - 18th of July, swimmers headed to the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre for three intense days of age group competition to determine South Australia’s age group and open Short Course Champions in the pool. During the summer season athletes will conduct the majority of their competition in a 50m (Long Course) swimming pool and then over winter the competition program focuses on events in a shorter distance pool set to 25m (Short Course). All of the team members had secured the qualification prerequisites through previous competition results. Spirits soared as personal best times in a number of events were improved and individuals finished ranked amongst the most competitive swimmers in their respective age groups. With events being resulted based upon performances in heat swims, there was additional pressure to produce a perfect performance. In the week leading up to the Championships a number of swimmers took up chance to train with the squad at Immanuel College where previous club coach Carolyn Veldhuyzen is currently based.
From her 8 events swum, Jade Calverley proved she is one of South Australia’s best multiclass athletes, being award gold in all but one of her events. Jade recently attended a gathering of athletes who have been placed on the ‘Long List’ of athletes who are being considered for possible selection into the 2016 Rio Paralympic Team and proudly wore her International Paralympic attire to the competition. Managing an injury to her wrist, Jade was unable to post her most competitive times, but still swam with purpose and passion. Through her performances at earlier competitions Jade has achieved the qualification standards necessary to contest the Australian Short Course Championships in November in both breastroke and freestyle and has her sights firmly set on this competition.
Joel Edmonds gave the team a real boost with his outstanding performance in the 11 and under 100m freestyle event, which saw him up on the medal podium having recorded the third fastest time in South Australia for his age group. His time of 1.10.01 was a massive thirteen second improvement and with further race experience and refinement of his starts, turns and finishes Joel will certainly be one to watch in this event. Joel didn’t stop at this first event. narrowly missing medals in the 100m butterfly (1.25.38) to finish 5th, 50m freestyle (32.08) to finish 4th and 200m freestyle (2.44.15) to finish 9th.
Max Rogaliski competed in the same age group as his teammate Joel and was focussed on building on his previous experience at State Championship level from January. Max was thrilled to post personal best times in each of his four races and recorded his most competitive times in breastroke. Building on his trade mark super quick reaction time off the starting blocks, Max placed 6th in both the 11 and under 50m breastroke (44.04) and 100m breastroke (1.37.89). His 50m freestyle time has now dropped to 35.31 seconds which improved his previous best by a clear second. His final race of the meet was his 50m backstroke which again saw him wipe 2 seconds from his personal best to finish in 42.67 seconds.
Competing at her first State Championships, Kylie Hurrell contained her nerves and swum two excellent breastroke events. She was able to hold her stroke well for the duration of both races and finished strongly on each occasion. Her 50m time was bettered by .58 of a second to record a 48.61 and with further development of her starts and turns Kylie will be poised for a very exciting SA Country Championships in January.
Two swimmers represented West Coast in the 12 year old girls’ age group. Dana Hurrell is incredible to watch in her events and actively supports her team mates with plenty of positive encouragement. Through her dedication to training and willingness to incorporate coaching feedback, she made some amazing improvements at this event and finished top ten for her age group in both the 50m and 100m breastroke events. Her 50m time was recorded as a 40.34 whilst she wiped three seconds off her 100m time to record a 1.30.27. Dana’s fitness showed throughout the 200m breastroke where she successfully swam a huge 15 seconds faster than she did in January in the same event. Her time was clocked at 3.14.06.
Also competing as a 12 year old, Jamie Ford was able to execute her most successful meet to date walking away with personal best times in all 6 events swum. Her first event of the meet was the 200m butterfly and Jamie finished 5 seconds better than she had previously swum in 3.03.21. Next on the program was the 100m backstroke and she finished in 8th position in 1.18.31 followed by the 100m butterfly in which she literally flew to finish 4 seconds quicker (1.20.26). Jamie loves a 50m sprint event and in the 50m Backstroke she finished 7th in an awesome time of 35.83. In the 50m freestyle she well and truly blitzed her heat on her start to finish in 31.83 seconds (11th) and in her pet event the 50m butterfly she recorded her first sub 34 second swim (33.84 seconds) to record her most competitive placing in 6th.
Christopher Bawden had set himself a busy schedule with 7 events over the three days of competition. Competing as a 14 year old at this meet certainly saw the competition standard heat up. Chris was able to record personal best swims in the 200 metre breastroke where he swam a 2.49.52 to finish in 7th position. He also lowered his 100m breastroke time to 1.18.44 to place 8th and narrowly missed the hat trick of personal bests in the 50m event by .1 of a second, recording a result of 36.71 seconds. Chris also swam the 400m freestyle (5.05.31) and with a little more race experience will quickly drop this event to under the 5 minute mark. His 100m freestyle also has plenty of potential to work down around the minute mark with some careful attention to maintaining consistent low 16 second splits over 25 metres and working hard to hold an efficient streamline after each turn. Chris’s time of 1.05.11 shows he is holding is fitness well over winter and will reap the benefits of regular attendance at training as we come into the summer season. He swam a very quick 50m freestyle race of 28.54 seconds which was a nice .3 second personal best and finished the meet with a 50m butterfly, reaching the end of the pool in a 31.30 which was again quicker than he has ever managed the race previously.
Jamie Ford (12 years) 50m Butterfly - 33.84
The coaching team at West Coast Swimming Club would like to congratulate all of those swimmers attending the championships. Age group swimming can certainly be a challenging environment for swimmers, as the category they are placed in is determined by the age the swimmer is on the first day of the swimming meet. For some swimmers this means swimming with competitors that can be up to 11 months older than they are and can result in a false perception of how competitive they are as compared to swimmers of a similar physical developmental phase in their adolescence. The club places the emphasis on swimmers striving to record personal best times and instead benchmarking their performance against the Junior Excellence and Youth Performance Squad age group criteria.
The club is also extremely proud to announce that they have been listed as a finalist in the community sport category in this year’s Brand SA Regional Awards. The competitive swimming year commences on the 1st of October and the club is always keen to receive enquiries from interested able bodied or swimmers with a disability who are interested in learning more about how they can take advantage of being involved in the sport. More information is available via www.westcoastswimmingclub.com
Members of the West Coast Swimming Club had the opportunity to update their long course (50m) personal best times at the Playford Aquatic Winter Carnival on the first Sunday of the school holidays (July 5th). The carnival was hosted at the Elizabeth Aquadome and focused on the provision of a full program of freestyle and backstroke events. The club then offers a second long course carnival in September focussing on breastroke and butterfly events.
Star performer of the meet was Arjay Isles (9 years) who medalled in each of his races. He has now dropped under the 40 second mark for the 50 freestyle finishing in 38.67 seconds, to record the second fastest time for 10 and under boys. He followed this up in the 100m freestyle with a bronze medal, recording a personal best of 1.34.15. Heading into the backstroke, Arjay completed the 50m race in 46.66 seconds to add another silver medal and knocked 5 seconds of his previous best in the 100m race to finish with his 3rd silver placing in 1.37.57.
Biggest improver was Jessica Mesecke, who at 11 years of age has demonstrated a much better understanding of race skills such as turns and starts and together with her dedication to training, has knocked some serious time off of her previous personal bests. Jessica started with a three second improvement on her freestyle to almost crack the 40 second barrier to finish in 40.66 seconds. She added another personal best in the 100m freestyle with a 1.39.20. Moving into the backstroke, she finished the 50m race in 51.03 seconds and wiped 8 seconds of her 100m previous best to record a finishing time of 1.48.36 seconds.
Tasmin Durdin (11 years) continued to show her talent as a longer distance freestyler recording a massive personal best of 3.00.16 in the 200m event. This removed 23 seconds from her previous best and is well under the Country Championships Standard Time of 3.20.00 for 12 year olds. Her 100m freestyle posted an improvement of 4 seconds to record a 1.25.51 which again is well under the standard required for 11 year olds at the Country Championships. Tasmin also performed extremely well in the 200m backstroke recording a 3.27.31 and it is fantastic to see a young swimmer expanding her repertoire of swims.
Stuart Mesecke (13 years) was all smiles in the 50m freestyle with a new personal best of 34.52 seconds and he maintained a very competitive performance in the 100m race finishing in 1.21.94. It was awesome to see him also improve his 100m backstroke by two seconds to record a 1.38.86, showing that his regular attendance at winter training is setting him up for a very successful summer season.
Jamie Ford (12 years) pumped out her best race of the day for the 50m backstroke 38.12 to take out the gold medal placing in this event. Jamie was also thrilled with her 200m backstroke performance recording a 3.09.82 which was three seconds better than her previous best. Fine tuning race skills performance has been an important focus for Jamie in the lead up to the SA State Age Short Course event in the second week of the school holidays.
South Australian State Team Member Bridie Mickan (10 years) also took advantage of the opportunity to practice her race skills in the lead up to the Pacific School Games held in November this year. Bridie added to her collection of swimming bling with a silver medal in the 10 and under 50m freestyle (37.99), a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle (1.27.48) and a bronze in the 50m backstroke (45.95).
Youngest members of the team; Evie Durdin (9 years) , Yarra Mickan (8 years) and Asta Mickan (6 years) all performed really well and enjoyed the opportunity to race in a new environment. Every pool presents the challenge to adapt to different starting blocks and check turning distances from the wall and for swimmers new to competition racing this add to pre-race nerves. Evie bettered both her 50m freestyle (48.18) and backstoke (56.06) times and created official times for her 100m races in both strokes. Yarra knocked two seconds off his 50m freestyle to record a 47.55, three seconds of his 100m backstroke (2.03.23) and five seconds off his 100m freestyle (1.53.23). At only 6 years of age Asta managed herself responsibly in marshalling and was able to set a new time in the 100m backstroke (2.27.94), record a personal best in the 50 backstroke (1.10.07) and come very close to her existing benchmark in the 50m freestyle (1.00.14).
The Playford Aquatic Club meet was certainly a worthwhile addition to the club’s competition calendar. It was well supported by many metropolitan and country swimming clubs, offered a very competitive field, attracted plenty of sponsorship from local businesses, included excellent food and catering and ran particularly smoothly. The meet enabled West Coast swimmers to evaluate their current winter training regime and re-evaluate their competition goals leading into the summer swimming carnival season.
2015 Lower Eyre Peninsula SAPSASA Swim Team. Front Row: Ashton Webber, Sienna Smith, Evie Durdin, Max Rogalski, Kylie Hurrell, Dylan Evans, Joseph Perin, Bridie Mickan, Ryder Rogalski, Sebastian Henderson. Middle Row: Team Manager Mr Graham McConnell, Kalani Coleman-Smith, Arjay Isle, Samuel Griffith, Larissa Sporer, Isabella Baldwin, Sophie Traeger, Marie Van Roojen, Kyle McInerney Team Coach Sonia Ford. Back Row Liana Baldwin, Harrison Adams, Dana Hurrell, Joel Edmonds, Victoria Henderson, Tasmin Durdin, Jamie Ford.
For only the third time since records were made commencing in 1954, has the Lower Eyre Peninsula SAPSASA Swimming Team been crowned Champion Country District. Winning for the first time in 1992, followed by another win in 2010, the team was thrilled to walk away champions at the State final day on Friday 27th of March 2015. The team finished with a grand total of 247 points – more than 60 points in front of their nearest competitor (Barker and Hills).
The team was comprised of the 25 most competitive age group swimmers born between 2002 and 2005 based upon their personal best swims over the summer competition season, commencing following the Lower Eyre Peninsula Primary School Championship in November 2014. Swimmers represented St Josephs School Port Lincoln, Navigator College, Port Lincoln Primary School and Cummins Area School. Accompanying the team to the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Marion was team coach Mrs Sonia Ford (Navigator College) and team manager Regional SAPSASA Convenor Mr Graham McConnell. Competitors had been supported in training by squad coaches Mr Matt Hamnett, Ms Carol Veldhuyzen and all other members of the West Coast coaching team. A highlight of the team’s performance was the 98% conversion rate from heat swims to finals berths. Almost the entire squad ended up ranked top 8 in their individual event following the heats.
Each year the team selects two captains – one Year 7 male and female. This year Jamie Ford (Port Lincoln Primary School) and Harrison Adams (St Josephs School) were invited to represent the team in collecting the championship pennant. Both swimmers have been members of the team for their 4th consecutive year.
Individual swimmers who finished first and earned the title of SA Country SAPSASA Champion were Harrison Adams (2002) who finished first in the 13 years 50m freestyle (31.54) and first in the 50m butterfly in 35.75 seconds. Jamie Ford (2003) carried on her winning record in butterfly and backstroke finishing both of these events multiple body lengths infront of the field. She created a new personal best long course time in the butterfly of 35.23 (4 seconds clear of her nearest competitor) and a 38.23 in the backstroke.
Joel Edmonds (2003) swam a blinder in the 50 freestyle (31.70) to receive the bronze medal but was beaming following his gold medal swim in a very close 50m butterfly final (38.32). Bridie Mickan (2005) is to be commended for her excellent 50m breastroke heat swim of 49.19 which following the publication of metro results has her ranked fastest 10 year old in the state. She held on in the final to bring home the gold medal in this event for the LEP blitzing the competition by over three seconds.
Also smashing the competition in breastroke was Dana Hurrell (2002). Dana has developed an extremely efficient and powerful breastroke style, with increasing front end speed and more polished starts and finishes. Similarly to Bridie, she left the competition three seconds behind in the final to finish in a 40.30.
Teams who gold in the 4 x 50 freestyle relay included the 10 year old boys Arjay Isle, Sebastian Henderson, Ashton Webber and Ryder Rogalski who finished 7 seconds clear of the field in 2.53.57. At the other end of the team the 13 year old boys team also held the lead for their entire race to bring home another gold in 2.28.40. Congratulations Samuel Griffiths, Joel Edmonds, Max Rogalski and Kalani Coleman-Smith.
Breastroke swim of the meet went to Sebastian Henderson who completed his heat swim in a personal best time of 55.79 seconds and went into the final ranked 5th. Harnessing the excitement of his first SAPSASA final he wiped off another nearly 2 seconds to lift his final placing to 4th and nail another PB of 53.92 seconds.
A number of early outstanding personal performances really lifted team spirit and the general excitement level and set the scene for some scorching times. In the 50m freestyle, Ryder Rogalski (2005) cracked the 40 second barrier and recorded a 39.27. Marie Van Roojen (2005) went into the championships with a personal best of 44.76 and after a summer of training with the squad wiped of 4 seconds to record a 40.21. She is an outstanding team player who stepped up into a number of relay events and combined this with heats and finals swims in butterfly at the end of the meet.
Similarly, Dylan Evans (2004) came into the championships yet to record a time under 40 seconds and swum himself through to the 11 years freestyle final following a heat swim of 38.88. Tasmin Durdin (2004) lit the pool on fire with a 35.53 in her heat swim and followed this up with a second personal best in the final (35.23) to bring home the bronze medal. Larissa Sporer (2003) has a beautiful, efficient stroke style and matched this with a smile from ear to ear with her bronze medal finish in the 50 freestyle, in a lightning fast time of 34.55. Also wiping off almost a clear second from her previous personal best was Isabella Baldwin (2002) who made it through to the final in 34.65.
Breastrokers hit the pool next and after excellent performances from Seb Henderson and Bridie Mickan in the 10 year old field, Kyle McInerney (2004) recorded a 51.29 in his heat swim to be ranked 5th. He then upped the anti in the final bettering this time and recording a 49.58 to finish in 4th position overall. Kylie Hurrell (2004) completed her 50m breastroke in 49.19 which would have been good enough for the 2014 gold but in an extremely competitive 2015 field she placed in 6th position. Max Rogalski (2003) loves competing in breastroke and has put together some excellent championship racing experience over summer, but narrowly missed the medals being touched out on the wall to finish in 46.62 seconds. Kalani Coleman-Smith (2002) had a great swim in the heats finishing in a long course personal best time of 46.88.
The next round of events on the program were for backstrokers and first in the field to medal was Arjay Isle (2005) who swam a 48.59 in the final to collect the bronze medal in this race. Bridie Mickan (2005) also gave the final her best effort to collect another bronze in 47.27. Dylan Evans (2004) and Tasmin Durdin (2004) both smashed their existing personal bests to finish in 5th (46.84) and 2nd (42.15) overall. In a breathtaking finish for Samuel Griffiths (2003) he walked away with bronze (40.58) with the gold medal position just .4 of a second further in front of him. Liana Baldwin’s (2002) textbook backstroke saw an excellent personal best in the heats (40.06) with a gustsy bronze medal swim in the final to record another PB (39.65). Being able to convert a personal best heat swim into a personal best finals swim is an extremely important performance attribute and one all swimmers strive to achieve.
To finish the program the butterfly swimmers took to the water and first to make the finals was Ryder Rogalski (2005) who finished in 5th position in 1.01.66. Ryder has shown great perseverance over the last 6 weeks in preparation for the race ensuring that his feet act in unison – if they don’t, a disqualification can be incurred. Marie Van Roojen (2005) is to be congratulated for her bronze medal in this event. Marie is a new recruit to swimming following the 2014 Lower Eyre Peninsula schools carnival and she shows great promise in the pool. She finished the race in a 53.71. Joseph Perin (2004) also made it through to the finals following an excellent personal best swim of 51.49. His final placing was 7th overall. Tasmin Durdin appeared again in the butterfly finals finishing in 7th position (45.89) and Larissa Sporer (2003) gave a gutsy performance at the end of the day to take out 5th place in a 40.32 after an outstanding earlier heat time of 39.32. The final race of the day saw Victoria Henderson (2002) racing back into marshalling after the 13yrs 4 x 50 freestyle relay to swim to smash out a two second personal best for her 50 fly to complete the race in 42.04 seconds.
On behalf of the Lower Eyre Peninsula Swimming Team we would like to acknowledge all of the parents who supported individual swimmers, enabling them to attend this event and add their own contribution to the achievements of the swim team. Financially, it is a significant commitment and some parents were also able to negotiate time away from work to be there in person. Each swimmer recorded personal best times on the day, maintained excellent conduct and actively supported their team mates through positive encouragements. The support of senior West Coast Swimmers was also important and the team would like to thank Tommy Ford and Brooke Traeger for their assistance in marshalling, team organisation and record keeping throughout the day.
Medallists at SAPSASA have the opportunity to nominate for selection into the South Australian Team to attend the Pacific School Games which will be hosted in Adelaide in November 2015. The closing date (2nd of April) has now passed and swimmers have a last opportunity to post a personal best time at a Junior Excellence Competition hosted in Adelaide in May. We have upwards of 5 swimmers who are seeking selection into the team and will be working hard over the next month to prepare themselves to do their best.
Members of the West Coast Swimming club were invited to swim for their school at the recent B Grade SASSA (South Australian Secondary Schools Association) championships hosted by School Sport SA at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide (Tuesday 3rd of March). Nine Eyre Peninsula schools combined their pool talents to present both a Far West boys and girls team in the competition. Represented schools from Port Lincoln included St Joseph’s School, Navigator College and Port Lincoln High School. Neighbouring schools Cummins Area School and Tumby Bay Area School also fielded members of the team together with swimmers from Ceduna Area School. Joining the team from Whyalla were students from Samaritan College and Edward John Eyre High School who picked up a single swimmer from Port Augusta High School to complete the team.
The Far West team has climbed the swimming ranks having topped the C Grade division in 2014. This year they again walked away champions after having been promoted to the B Grade competition. Topping some of Adelaide’s most well positioned and resourced private schools the team now has its sights on being invited to swim in the A Grade competition and compete against schools such as Immanuel College, Trinity Grammar, Woolford and Prince Alfred College. The boys team finished with a point score of 780, more than 150 points ahead of the nearest rival whilst the girls team finished in second place with 638 points just 50 points shy of the St Peter’s Girls team who finished on 686 points. Their combined team total of 1418 was a massive 400 points in front of Scotch College – the team’s nearest rival.
Individual swimmers had some fantastic performances under the pressure of back to back racing. Kieran Stephens (Cummins AS) swam Division 1, 50m fly in a 32.36 followed by a series of excellent freestyle races. He posted the second fastest U15 boys time of a 29.19 only beaten by fellow team member Maxwell Lambert (St Josephs) who took out Division 1 in a 28.63.
Brooke Traeger (St Joseph’s School) was a key member of the girls team and represented both the open and U16 girls division in freestyle and butterfly. She was the third fastest open 50m butterfly swimmer and finished in a 30.99 and a close second in the 50m freestyle (29.13 seconds). Team mate Kellie Dennis (St Josephs) has made some significant improvements in her freestyle, being able to consistently clock 32 seconds for the 50m freestyle in three different age divisions.
India Copland (Navigator College) was a valuable member of the team racking up points in both freestyle, backstroke and breastroke. She finished the 50m U14 Division 1 backstroke in a 37.38 seconds followed by a cracked swim in the 50m freestyle of 31.10. Competing in his last SASSA team was Year 12 student Henry Lambert (St Josephs) who filled a full quota of races. Having raced in open state swimming championships Henry belted out a fast 50m freestyle of 26.41 seconds together with an impressive 33.69 for his 50 breastroke.
Of the 27 swimmers who participated in the B Grade championships, 15 swimmers were those who rely upon the availability of the Port Lincoln Leisure centre to maintain their fitness, strength and familiarity with competitive racing protocols. It was fantastic that all regional schools were able to support the teams travel and implement flexible teaching and assessment tasks so that particularly senior students are still able to feel confident nominating for the team. The team will wait with baited breath to see if their overall winning score was sufficient enough to see them elevated to the championship’s highest grade for 2016. Swimmers also have the opportunity to nominate for consideration into the SA Secondary School Sport Swimming team who will field competitors at the National School Sport Championships which will be running concurrently with the 2015 Pacific School Games in Adelaide.
Rear - Trent Ritter, Nik Constantinopolous, Mitchell Schwerdt, Tyson Lynch, Reyner Clarke, Simon Geldenhuys, Christopher Bawden, India Copland, Ania Constantinopolous, Madeline McShane. Middle / Front - Alanah Hancock, Henry Nelligan, Kieran Stephens, Adele Lynch, Taylah Stirling, Demi Lynch, Jamie Matsen, Meg Sheasby, Tommy Ford, Stuart Mesecke, Alleigh Hamnett, Yemaya Coleman-Smith, Kellie Dennis, Brooke Traeger. Team Coach - Sonia Ford
Friday 31st of October saw representative primary aged swimming teams from Lock Area School, Cummins Area School, Tumby Bay Area School, Port Lincoln Primary School, Navigator College and St Josephs School contest the 2014 Lower Eyre Peninsula Primary Swimming Championships. The event was coordinated with the assistance of the West Coast Swimming Club and sponsored by Swimming Australia’s GOSWIM program which encourages engagement of non-registered swimmers in a competitive racing experience.
Winning the Sarin Group Shield for the eighth year in a row was St Josephs School who topped the point score table with 621 points. The shield was accepted by Year 7 students Kellie Dennis and Matthew Rogers. Finishing in second place was Navigator College with 216 points ahead of Port Lincoln Primary School with 161 points. Also awarded at the end of the competition is the Handicap Swimming Shield which takes into consideration primary school enrolment numbers in comparison to total points scored. This year’s recipient of the shield was Navigator College.
Australian Youth Olympic Team member Kyle Chalmers was sponsored to attend the event by Swimming Australia and was inundated with autograph and photograph requests. Kyle also took to the water in a friendly competition with Arjay Isle and wowed the crowd with his incredible speed over 50 metres. Also on hand to support new swimmers to the protocol of marshalling was Paralympic Development Squad member Jade Calverley. Both Jade and Kyle are both competing in the Australian Short Course National Championships which commence on Wednesday in Adelaide.
A total of 20 previous records were rewritten on the day, some which had been firmly in place since 2008. Bridie Micken (Cummins Area School) will be one to watch headed into Country Championships in January with an outstanding performance in the 50m breastroke (50.22) wiping 4 seconds off the previous record. She also now holds the 50m backstroke record (45.59) and came within a few tenths of a second to almost claim the freestyle and butterfly records. Jamie Ford (Port Lincoln Primary School) continued her record breaking run in the freestyle (33.79), backstroke (39.63) and butterfly (36.69). India Copland (Navigator College) performed well, adding her name to the records in freestyle (31.34), backstroke (38.10) and breastroke (40.50) and only missed the clean sweep in butterfly by three tenths of a second. Kellie Dennis (St Josephs School) ended up with a gorgeous collection of blue ribbons and added 3 individual records to her tally. She was the fastest 100m freestyler in 1.11.21 narrowly missing Brooke Traeger’s existing record of 1.10.63. She created new records in the 50m freestyle (32.56), backstroke (40.09) and butterfly (38.99).
For the boys Chris Bawden (Tumby Bay Area School) scooped the pool in each event taking home a swag of blue ribbons. He swam the fastest 100m freestyle (1.05.59) and created new records in the 50m freestyle (29.47), breastroke (38.36), butterfly (33.23) and backstroke (35.85). The final 5 records were all recorded by St Josephs Teams competing in the open medley and age group freestyle events. The unstoppable Issy Scott, Brooklyn George, Dana Hurrell and Kellie Dennis beat the existing 4 x 50m medley relay by one second to record 2.49.25 and the 4 x 50m freestyle relay by four seconds in 2.27.81. The open boys freestyle team of Kalani Coleman-Smith, Jarrad Scholtz, Dominic Tidswell and Harrison Adams smashed the record by 6 seconds to finish in 2.30.68 whilst the 10 and under St Josephs boys - Ashton Webber, Ethan Pinnington, Sebastian Henerson and Arjay Isle wiped off 13 seconds from the record (3.25.57). The final achievement was secured by the 11yr old girls relay team comprised of Sophie Traeger, Marie Van Roojen, Lily Perham and Tasmin Durdin who snuck three seconds under their age group benchmark to record a 2.53.93.
Age group freestyle winners were; 100 freestyle Chris Bawden (1.05.59), 50 freestyle Arjay Isle (42.72), Dylan Evans (41.80), Max Rogalski (37.99),Henry Nelligan (32.32) and Chris Bawden (29.47). 100 freestyle Kellie Dennis (1.11.21), 50 freestyle Bridie Micken (39.99), Sophie Traeger (39.69), Jamie Ford (33.79), India Copland (31.34) and Kellie Dennis (32.56).
Age group breastroke winners were; Bridie Micken (50.22), Kylie Hurrell (50.91), Jamie Ford (45.41), India Copand (40.50) and Kellie Dennis (47.17). Sebastian Henderson (1.00.17), Kyle McInerney (52.22), Joel Edmonds (49.63), Kalani Coleman Smith (46.23) and Chris Bawden (38.36).
Age group backstroke winners were; Arjay Isle (51.88), Dylan Evans (47.43), Samuel Griffiths (46.87), Harrison Adams (40.95) and Chris Bawden (35.85). Bridie Micken (45.59), Tasmin Durdin (46.83), Jamie Ford (39.63), India Copland (38.10) and Kellie Dennis (40.09).
Age group butterfly winners were; Sebastian Henderson (1.02.63), Joseph Perin (54.20), Joel Edmonds (45.30) Harrison Adams (37.53), and Chris Bawden (33.23). Bridie Micken (54.34), Sophie Traeger (49.07), Jamie Ford (36.69), India Copland (35.97) and Kellie Dennis (38.99).
The West Coast Swimming Club would like to acknowledge all of the effort that has gone into the staging of these championships particularly the time and effort put in by the teaching staff representative of each participating school and regional SAPSASA representatives. The continued support of the Sarin Group is also recognised. They generously made the venue available for the event and provided lifeguarding and canteen support throughout the day. Thankyou to both Lea Traeger and Sonia Ford who finalised individual and team entries who together with Gavin Traeger ensured the smooth collation of results and calculation of total points and new record holders. Many parents from all of the supporting schools jumped into time keeping roles as needed and without this willingness to be involved, the event would not be possible. It was also great to see a number of senior West Coast Swimmers assisting with marshalling, time keeping and school team support roles.
From the results of these championships a SAPSASA Target Squad is announced. Swimmers who are not registered members of the West Coast Swimming Club are invited to then register with Swimming SA for insurance purposes and commence training with the club without requiring the payment of coaching fees until after the State Final event is run. Final selection into the regional SAPSASA team is made based upon personal best performances recorded in either short or long course pool events, including club point score evenings, up until and including the Whyalla Short Course event on Saturday 7th of March. The final team announcement is made on Monday 9th of March. The State Final is held on Friday 27th of March 2015 at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide.
Please note : Due to permission policies for children on the internet all photographs made available from the LEP Primary Championships are of existing members or siblings of members of the West Coast Swimming Club. Other photographs of children from representative schools have been made to available to individual schools for publishing via school newsletters as per school policies.
Kyle Chalmers who has been swimming with the Marion Swimming Club (previously from Port Lincoln) for the past two years won this age division in a 22.70 breaking the South Australian All-comers Record for this age group. His time was well under the Australian Open Short Course Qualifying standard of 23.80. Henry also had outstanding swims in both the backstroke almost breaking the 30 second barrier in the 50m race (30.18) and breastroke knocking 6 seconds off his previous 100m personal best (new time - 1.14.87). His open mindedness and willingness to test his talents against South Australia’s best, bought out an excellent level of personal performance. Achievement against National Age Standards is well within Henry’s abilities and the club looks forward to supporting further progress over the summer long course season.
Backstroke specialist Tommy Ford competed in all available distances for this stroke and recorded some excellent personal best times in the 13 year old male division. He finished the 50m backstroke in 35.56, the 100m backstroke in 1.17.59 and the 200m in 2.43.21. These results placed him 9th, 11th and 6th overall.
Following an unfortunate accident the day prior to attending the meet, Harrison Adams still managed a personal best performance of 1.10.57 in the 12 year old 100 freestyle. Whilst supporting his team mates, Harrison also competed in a further 4 events during the championships recording personal best times in the 50m butterfly (36.68), 50m backstroke (39.42) and 200m freestyle (2.36.05). This was his first opportunity to compete at State Championship level and he managed all of the technical requirements of competing at this level to the best of his ability.
Also competing at State Championship level for the first time was Chris Bawden. Chris has clear talent in breastroke and made significant improvements in both the 50m (38.44) and 100m (1.24.22) events. Impressively Chris finished as South Australia’s 6th fastest 13 year old in these races. With continued work on the finer points of competitive racing including the importance of streamlining, quick acceleration from the block and technically proficient turns, Chris will be hard to beat in this age group at Country Championships in January. It’s great to see a young Tumby Bay swimmer with such significant support from his family to pursue his sporting ambitions.
Fresh from a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Jade Calverley walked away with a clean sweep of personal best times together with her highest ever multiclass point score. Jade was thrilled to achieve a number of National Open Short Course Qualifying times and received a great deal of support from the crowd when she requested permission to swim a special time trial for the 100 freestyle. Jade proved again that she has what it takes to compete at the elite level in swimming, managing a full event program over four full days of competition. She was crowned multiclass State Champion in every one of her races walking away with an incredible 8 gold medals. Perhaps her greatest improvement was in the 200m Individual Medley - a race which she is yet to consider as a serious strength. Amazingly Jade knocked almost 13 seconds off her previous best and is within 8 seconds of performing at National Open level. Jade’s next competition is just around the corner at the Australian National Short Course Championships to be held in Adelaide in early November.
Brooke Traeger (15 years) is also edging closer to National Age Standards. She came into this competition having a winter season of light training but still proved she has got what it takes to be amongst the state’s best swimmers. The proudest moment of the meet for Brooke was her bronze medal and personal best performance in the 50m butterfly (30.66) having overcome three previously frustrating 4th placings. Brooke’s smashed a number of personal best performances including the 100 freestyle where she almost cracked the 1 minute mark (1.01.54), the 50m freestyle (28.39) and the 50m backstroke (33.18). Swimming in six B finals Brooke had her first taste of Open State level competition and thrived on the opportunity to swim against competitors that have raced at national level and gone on to represent Australia at major meets.
For 11 year old Jamie Ford this was her first attendance at a State Championship after qualifying in 9 individual events following consistent improvements in performance over the winter competition season. Jamie’s most competitive performance was in the 50m butterfly where she equalled her previous best of 36.03 to finish as South Australia’s seventh fastest 11 year old female. She made some great headway on her backstroke personal bests knocking two and a half seconds off her 50m time to finish in 8th place (37.29) and a massive 6 seconds off her 100m time to record a 1.22.98. Jamie will be working hard to utilise her versatility across all strokes to put together a 200m Individual Medley in preparation for the 2015 Country Championships and State Age Long Course Meets both in January. Jamie will be hitting the pool hard at the forthcoming Primary Championships and has her eyes set on rewriting a number of existing pool records.
Ellie McInerney was in high spirits for the championships and competed across a large number of events. She also reconnected with a number of athletes with whom she has struck up special friendships following her travel to Melbourne as part of the SA Team at the School Sport Championships. Ellie’s best performances were in the 200m freestyle (4.16.00) and 50m backstroke (1.01.68). She was awarded three bronze medals, for the two events listed previously as well as in the 50m butterfly (1.30.01). At 12 years of age Ellie competes in Multiclass Competition which gives swimmers with physical disabilities the opportunity to benchmark their personal performances against swimmers with a similar degree of disability. She has built her race repertoire considerably and also competed in the 200m Individual Medley for just her second time during these championships.
The competitors expressed their thanks to Team Manager Nardine McInerney and Coach Sonia Ford for supporting the team throughout the meet. Thanks also to each of the parents who donated their time as time keepers during each session.
Jade has again been invited to an intensive training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra next week, where she will have a demanding schedule of two-hour training sessions twice a day, gym work and massage, and attend presentations on nutrition, recovery and psychology.
Jade will be the right age for the Rio Paralympics in 2016 but selection will depend on her times and she will be under the extra pressure of Year 12 that year. As her Paralympic dream comes closer to becoming a reality she knows her preparation will continue to step up.
"Lots of training and probably watching what I eat, physio work and competitions."
With five training sessions a week, some starting at 5am, Jade said that the feeling she got after every training was what kept her motivated and on track to her Olympic goal.
As published in the Port Lincoln Times - Journalist Billie Harrison (11th September 2014)
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.
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.
Sonia Ford is our publicity officer and would love to hear of noteworthy news items from our swimming community!