Results have now been posted for the Lower Eyre Peninsula Primary Schools Carnival.
4 Records were broken on the day - congratulations to Jamie Ford, Indiana Copland and the St Josephs 12 year old girls and 11 year old boys.
Girls 11 years 50m Breaststroke; Old Record-Natasha Hammond 51.96 / New Record - Indiana Copland 51.33
Girls 10 years 50m Backstroke; Old Record-Natasha Hammond 49.38 / New Record - Jamie Ford 47.63
11 years Boys Freestyle Relay; Old Record 3.00.81 / New Record St Joseph's 2.58.60 (Kasper Cummings, Kalani Coleman - Smith, Cooper Perham and Harrison Adams)
12 years Girls Freestyle Relay; Old Record 2.48.47 / New Record St Joseph's 2.42.29 (Kellie Dennis, Brooklyn George, Lauren Nicholls and Yemaya Coleman - Smith)
For the 7th year running St Joseph’s School have produced the highest overall points score at the Lower Eyre Peninsula Primary Schools Swimming Carnival to win the Sarin Group Shield. Lock Area School took out the Chris Wareing Memorial Handicap Shield for the second year running in a close tussle with Navigator College. In a magnificent display of our school communities love for the sport of swimming, approximately 200 children participated in the day’s events with many experiencing their first taste of competitive racing.
Through the support of Swimming SA, Swimming Australia and corporate sponsor Energy Australia the West Coast Swimming Club were able to register the occasion as a Come and Try ‘GOSWIM’ event, leveraging a visit from Australia’s most successful Paralympian, Matt Cowdrey and State Performance Coach, Paul Dennis. Swimmers were thrilled to be able to interact with Matt; have ‘GOSWIM’ swimming caps, posters and even shoes signed by him as well as posing for special photos holding one of his 13 Paralympic gold medals.
Records tumbled during the day with two individual and two team records being rewritten. Congratulations to Indiana Copland from Tumby Bay Area School who set a new 11 year old girls 50 metre breastroke record in 51.33 seconds and Jamie Ford whose backstroke time of 47.63 seconds saw a new record for the 10 year old girls. In fact this time was also faster than the current 11 year old girls’ record of 48.07.
Monster swims from two of the St Joseph’s School teams made new records in the 11 year old boys and 12 year old girls categories. We are all super proud of boys Kasper Cummings, Kalani Coleman-Smith, Cooper Perham and Harrison Adams and girls Kellie Dennis, Brooklyn George, Lauren Nicholls and Yemaya Coleman – Smith.
James Andrews competed in his final Primary School Carnival and in stella style won every individual and team event that he entered –walking away with seven first place ribbons. His stand out swim was his 50 metre
freestyle where he blitzed the pool in 31.24 seconds.
Closest tussle for first place on the day goes to 13 year old girls Stella Reidy and Maddy Izzo who finished every 50m race within half a second of one another. Maddy topped Stella in the freestyle, breastroke (by 100thof a second) and backstroke with Stella out touching Maddy in the butterfly.
In the 13 year old boys Max Lambert was an impressive performer with first placings in freestyle (32.88 sec), breastroke (45.09) and backstroke (41.31) with an upset in the butterfly event with powerhouse Coen George
declaring victory in 41.35 seconds.
The 13 year old girls category saw a different winner in each stroke. Freestyle was won by Rose O’Donnell (38.28 sec). Breastroke winner was Lila Watson (51.55 sec), backstroke was Alleigh Hamnett (48.85 sec) and
butterfly was Chloe Hall (45.64 sec). 12 year old girls events were all taken out by champion of the future Yemaya Coleman-Smith who also went on to represent St Joseph’s in three winning relay teams walking away with 7 first place ribbons in total. She swam impressive times on the day; freestyle (35.93 sec), breastroke (50.33 sec), backstroke (44.54 sec) and butterfly (43.37 sec).
Tommy Ford dominated the 12 year old boys events with long time breastroke rival Issac Grimma pipping him at the post in his pet event (56.70 sec). The 11 year old girls saw a fantastic winning freestyle swim from Isabella Scott (40.77 sec), a record breaker in the breastroke by Indiana Copland (51.33 sec) and confident wins by Victoria Henderson in the backstroke (49.69 sec) and butterfly (51.92 sec).
Energy and enthusiasm for the sport of swimming overflowed from our 11 year old boys with Harrison Adams taking out he butterfly (53.65 sec), backstroke (47.78 sec) and freestyle (37.00 sec) while Cameron Akehurst secured his victory in the breastroke (57.18 sec) from Max Black of Cummins.
10year old girl Jamie Ford followed her record breaking backstroke swim with wins in the freestyle (42.34) and butterfly (58.63) with 9 year old Sophie Traeger edging out Jamie by three tenths of a second in the breastroke (Sophie – 1.03.17). Finally the 10 year old boys saw Zac Kenny and Taj Edwards take out the honours. Taj won the freestyle (50.00) and backstroke (1.02.53) while Zac won the breastroke (1.02.29) and butterfly (1.03.71).
The West Coast Swimming Club would like to thank those spectators who took time out of their busy schedules to support our swimmers –the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre was filled to its capacity and overwhelmingly demonstrated the value that the wider Eyre Peninsula Community put on a facility like this. We look forward to hearing the announcement from the Port Lincoln City Council as to its firm financial commitment to a new centre so that a spectacular event such as this can continue to inspire our young athletes
towards a lifetime of health and fitness. The atmosphere on the day was electric and the dedication and patience of school staff in preparing and organising their respective teams on the day was to be admired. We would also like to thank the volunteer time keepers from Port Lincoln High School whose assistance was highly valued and senior swimmers from the club who helped in the smooth running of the race marshalling process.
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