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