Swim­mers make gold medal haul

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Tari Jef­fers

THREE mem­bers of the Man­jimup Marlins Swim­ming Club have come away from the Swim­ming WA Ju­nior Short Course Championships with gold medals and per­sonal bests.

Brielle Krispyn, 11, Wil­low Collins, 10, and Tai­z­ley Krispyn, 8, rep­re­sented the club after achiev­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the event.

Brielle broke the coun­try res­i­den­tial record which was set 13 years ago in the 50m freestyle for 11-year-old girls and she also came away with seven gold medals.

The 11-year-old’s golds came in the 50m, 100m and 200m back­stroke, the 50m but­ter­fly, the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 100m med­ley.

In ad­di­tion to her wins, Brielle set new per­sonal bests in all her gold medal win­ning races ex­cept for the 50m back­stroke and 50m but­ter­fly.

Tai­z­ley came away from the championships with gold in the 100m back­stroke and sil­vers in the 100m back­stroke and breast­stroke and bronzes in the 50m freestyle and 100m med­ley. She also set per­sonal bests in all her six races.

Wil­low qual­i­fied for three events and while he did not come away with medals, he set per­sonal bests in all three races. Across the to­tal of 18 races the three swim­mers par­tic­i­pated in, they set 14 per­sonal bests – a great achieve­ment.

“Brielle had a mas­sive 17.43 sec im­prove­ment to win the gold in the 200m back­stroke,” club reg­is­trar Denise Krispyn said.

“We have to give special thanks to our com­pet­i­tive swim­mers’ coach Hy­o­jin “Sharky” Son for ev­ery­thing she does.”

The club’s new swim­ming sea­son has just opened and ju­niors in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved are en­cour­aged to come along to the Man­jimup Re­gional Aqua­cen­tre at 4.30pm on Tues­days or Fri­days.

“We run com­pet­i­tive and recre­ational swim­ming pro­grams, it’s a good way to im­prove swim­ming tech­niques,” Krispyn said.

Brielle Krispyn, 11, Tai­z­ley Krispyn, 8, and Wil­low Collins with swim­ming coach Hy­o­jin "Sharky" Son.

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