Six swimmers from the West Coast Swimming Club competed at the South Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide from July 18 to 22.
Eleven-year-old Bryce Hammond, demonstrated his strength of character and resilience, finishing the meet having raced in 11 individual events.
Bryce was named age group South Australian Short Course Champion in both the 50 metre butterfly (32.09) and 100 metre butterfly (1.13.65).
He took home five silver medals in the 50 metre and 100 metre freestyle, 50 metre and 100 metre backstroke as well as the 100 metre individual medley (1.16.32).
His two bronze medal placings were in the 50 metre breaststroke (41.19) and the 200 metre individual medley (2.48.39).
His remaining two swims were also personal best performances.
In the 200 metre freestyle he wiped off 5.81 seconds (2.30.45) and in the 100 metre breaststroke he improved his previous best by 8.96 seconds (1.30.49).
Bryce is also competing in the National School Sport Swimming Championships in Tasmania, as part of South Australia’s 12 and under team.
Ellie McInerney, who is 16-years-old, swam a brilliant 400 metre and was named South Australian Multi-Class Champion in this event, finishing the race in a time of 7.22.58.
Ellie also competed in the 50 metre (49.44), 100 metre (1.48.53) and 200 metre (3.41.13) freestyle with her best placing here being in the 200 metre event where she came fourth.
She performed well in both the 100 metre (2.21.64) and 200 metre individual medley recording a personal best time over the longer distance (4.41.36).
Twelve-year-old Arjay Isle, had a number of opportunities in the 12 and under finals, alongside a series of personal best performances.
Arjay’s most competitive results in his age group were in the 50 metre (35.45 - sixth) and 200 metre backstroke (2.45.71 - seventh).
His 400 metre freestyle was exceptional, recording a new personal best of over 13 seconds (5.26.46).
His 50 metre freestyle was quick (31.62) as was his 50 metre butterfly (36.44).
Fifteen-year-old Jamie Ford raced extremely well over the four days.
All of Jamie’s 50 metre results were Victorian Open Short Course qualifying times.
Her 50 metre freestyle was a 29.38, 50 metre backstroke was a 32.71 and her 50 metre butterfly was a 30.88.
She narrowly missed the cut (.06 of a second) in the 50 metre butterfly open B final.
Her focused 400 metre freestyle training paid off with a 13-second personal best of 4.59.59.
Jamie also had personal bests in the 200 metre backstroke (2.39.96), 100 metre butterfly (1.12.26) and 100 metre freestyle (1.04.88).
Thirteen-year-old Bridie Mickan – who was named Junior Sportsperson of the Year – created new personal best times in all but two of her events, with her most competitive placing being in the 100 metre breaststroke (1.23.37), placing fifth.
She improved both her 50 metre (30.65) and 100 metre freestyle (1.07.32), 50 metre breaststroke (38.49 -seventh), 100 metre individual medley (1.17.90) and all three backstroke distances, with her results being 35.32 for the 50 metre event, 1.17.02 for the 100 metre event and 2.47.74 for the 200 metre event.
Bridie’s willingness to improve her butterfly is also paying off with her 50 metre time dropping by 1.66 seconds (34.01) and her 100 metre time down 2.58 seconds (1.20.63).
Club captain, 14-year-old Max Rogalski’s general athleticism is exceptional and Max created new personal best performances in each of his races.
Max recorded times of 35.42 in his 50 metre breaststroke, 1.18.00 in the 100 metre event and 2.53.84 in the 200 metre event.
He smashed out his butterfly recording a 30.99 in the 50 metre race and 1.14.67 in the 100 metre event.
His individual medley continues to be a strength and he wiped four seconds from his 100 metre time (1.11.66) and more than six seconds from his 200 metre time (2.38.45).
He recorded a 1.03.96 in the 100 metre freestyle race which was an improvement of 2.64 seconds.
Max has consciously made an effort to work on his backstroke and saw a 1.37 second improvement over the 50 metre event (34.11).
Nineteen-year-old Sportsperson of the Year, Jade Calverley, had a brilliant meet setting five new South Australian Multiclass Short Course S6 records.
Her performance in the 100 metre breaststroke was exceptional.
She bettered her previous best by exactly four seconds to record a 1.56.68.
Jade secured two South Australian Short Course Champion titles in both the 50 metre and 100 metre breaststroke, three silver medal placings in the 50 metre freestyle, 100 metre freestyle and 400 metre freestyle and three bronze medal placings in the 100 metre individual medley, 200 metre individual medley and the 50 metre butterfly.
Jade has just returned from a week of training in Sydney and continues this term as part of the coaching team supporting junior swimmers at West Coast Swimming Club in Port Lincoln.
More information on the activities of West Coast Swimming Club can be found at the clubs website: www.westcoastswimmingsa.com.
Pictured above in the team photo are: Arjay Isle, Max Rogalski, Bryce Hammond, Jamie Ford and Bridie Mickan.