We had a great turn out with 16 kids participating at 2015 NSW Country Championships held last weekend in Sydney, including Amanda, Chelsea, Elijah, Ethan, Grace, Jake, Jarrod, Jasmine, Jess C, Jess L, Kiara, Luke, Mason, Ollie, Patrick and Sarah. There were those who were veterans to this championship but we also had three swimmers participating for their very first time (Sarah, Kizzy & Jess C), all of who were in good spirits and pumped for a weekend of racing and fun.
The meet started on a high with three of our Silver squad swimmers in the 200m Breaststroke. Mason was first up producing an amazing 11 second pb! Next were Ollie and Jake…. both boys putting on an incredible show. Ollie came away with the Silver medal with Jake and Mason making the Top 10, Jake 5th and Mason 8th.
The Woden Valley Sharks Cheer Squad had set themselves up on the balcony to cheer on their fellow swimmers. They were very loud and proud!
Ethan was up with his 200m Backstroke placing second in his heat and 11th place overall. Ethan medaled in his 100m Backstroke achieving Bronze and Silver for 100m Breaststroke. He also achieved Top 10 results for 200m IM and 200m Breaststroke.
Jarrod achieved Top 10 results in all of his 7 races, medaling Gold in 100m Backstroke; Silver in 100m Butterfly and Bronze in 100m Freestyle. His powerful swim in the 100m Butterfly earned him a 1 second PB breaking Hugo Morris’s longstanding Woden Record for 13 yr boys 100m Butterfly.
Luke swam a fantastic 100m Breaststroke achieving a 4 second pb making the Top 10, placing 4th.
Other Top 10 results were achieved by Jake for 200m IM; Mason for 200m Freestyle, 50m Freestyle and 200m IM; Ollie for 200m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke and 50m Breaststroke and Elijah for 200m IM, 200m Breaststroke and 50m Breaststroke.
We had three relay teams: 12 & Under boys starring Ollie, Luke, Jake and Mason; 12 & Under Girls starring Sarah, Kiara, Chelsea and Jess L; and 13-14 Year Girls starring Jasmine, Jess C, Grace and Amanda. Each team competed in the 4 x 50m Freestyle and the 4 x 50m Medley. These relays were fantastic and the team work was wonderful to watch.
Everyone swam really well in their races, whether it be an individual race or in their relay team. There were many medals won and numerous pb’s made during the weekend. Both Luke and Sarah achieved 100% PB rates. Well done to everybody.
It was a very long weekend and all of our swimmers should be extremely proud of their efforts. I would like to congratulate you all, and Bill, for your wonderful achievements throughout this championship meet.