Records tumble for Wests
9 Year old Sydney Brown, Female Age Champion and record breaker.Sydney Brown.jpgWests Illawarra Aquatic Swim Club claimed a third straight Area Premiership and won the inaugural overall relay title at the 2014 South Eastern Swimming Area Championships at Ulladulla this month.
The championships featured 364 swimmers from 22 clubs from Corrimal in the north, to Eden in the south and across to Cooma, plus visiting clubs from Tuggeranong and Crookwell.
The team of 41 aged eight to 19 swam 159 personal best times with 11 swimmers setting new records.
Riley Powell broke the Boys 8 and Under 50m Butterfly record with Sydney Brown setting a new mark in the Girls 9 Years 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle.
Sian Bourke broke the 100m Backstroke record in Girls 11 Years, with Aria Bacic-Johnston setting a new record for the Girls 10 Years 50m and 100m Backstroke.
Brendan Eastman broke the Male 12 Years 200m Individual Medley record, Justus Bacic-Johnston set a new Male 13 Years 100m Breaststroke mark and Niamh Bourke a new record for the Women 15 & Over 200m Backstroke and Women 16 Years 100m Butterfly.
Other records were set by Joshua King (Men 16 Years 50m & 100m Butterfly, and 100m Backstroke), Kaitlin McKeon (Women 15 & Over 400m Individual Medley and Women 16 Years 100m Backstroke), Wesley Roberts (Men 15 & Over 200m Freestyle) and Madeline Martinoski in the Women 17 & Over 50m and 100m Breaststroke.
Wests Illawarra’s five Age Champions were Riley Powell (Boys 8 Years), Sydney Brown (Girls 9 Years), Justus Bacic-Johnston (Men 13 Years), Emily Rosskelly (Women 15 Years), Niamh Bourke (Women 16 Years).
The team entered 16 relay teams and took the gold in the Girls 11 & Under 200m Freestyle and Medley, Girls 12 & Over 400m Freestyle and Medley, and Boys 12 & Over 400m Medley.
Wests’ Boys 12 & Over 400m Freestyle relay team won the silver medal.
The team was indebted to coaches James Greathead and Anthony Jurak for their support and hard work.
“We are really proud of the team, their efforts and congratulate them on their success,” Greathead said.
Wests swimmers are preparing for the NSW Country Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on February 22-23.
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