After a full-on weekend of racing for our swimmers we can look back and say we performed to our best. We had a number of finalists, medalists and personal best earners over the course of the weekend and a congratulations goes out to all who participated!
Our team is looking well-conditioned as far as pre pool, warm up, pre-race, post-race and cool down routines go. The swimmers are demonstrating far better management of time and more engagement in the process of getting their bodies race ready. I hope to see continued progress in this regard from our swimmers! Keep up the good work!
In terms of performances we saw many noteworthy swims over the course of the weekend through personal bests, succeeding in hard racing moments, improved skills and well executed strategies. To name a few…:
Joe Bagley in the 14 years 100m breaststroke. He knocked 3 seconds off his prelim swim, earned a bronze medal and put together a great race.
A down to the wire finish for 1st place in the 17&O Men’s 200 IM between Greg Butler and Will Foster, and with Campbell Stephen for 1st place in the 16 year old Men’s 200 Breaststroke. Exciting swims to watch!
In the 15 year old women’s 100 Fly four swimmers qualified through to the final (Sophie Yendell, Lauren Clark, Michaela Stephen and Abbie Hulbert). Fantastic to see these girls populate what was a challenging final to qualify for!
We had a number of relays this weekend in the 14-16 age category and after observing these teams in action for the first time I have a challenge for our swimmers to embrace relay opportunities over the next 12 months to see if we can build on the foundation set this season. In a largely individual sport, relays are a means for us to work as a team. It is only through the success of each participant that we can see the true potential of that team. In many cases exciting results can happen! In this weekend alone swimmers posted times on relays that were well under their lifetime personal bests and I look forward to seeing our swimmers rise to that same level of performance next time!
There are too many racing moments to mention them all, but I hope we have all come away feeling successful or having learned something to make us better next time! Well done team!
26 medals were earned over the weekend, well done to all!
Will Foster 200 IM
Sophie Yendell 100 Fly
Campbell Stephen 200 Breast
Sophie Yendell 50 Fly – This was also the fastest overall time posted in the event
Ellie Baldwin 50 Back – This was also the fastest overall time posted in the event
Sophie Yendell 50 Free
Michaela Stephen 50 Breast
Michaela Stephen 200 IM
Amy Grant 200 Free – This was also the fastest overall time posted in the event
Michaela Stephen 100 Breast
Greg Butler 200 IM
Greg Butler 200 Breast
Guy Farnsworth 200 Breast
Campbell Stephen 50 Breast
Nadia Williams 50 Back
Amy Grant 50 Free
Joel Muir 50 Back
Michaela Stephen 200 Breast
Kieran Wheatley 400 IM
Amy Grant 100 Free
Campbell Stephen 100 Breast
Will Foster 200 Free
Amy Grant 50 Fly
Sophie Yendell 100 Free
Ellie Baldwin 100 Free
Joe Bagley 100 Breast
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