Swim stars shine at open meet­ing

Pilbara News - - Swimming - Alicia Per­era

Hun­dreds of young swim­mers from across the Pil­bara, Kim­ber­ley and Gas­coyne packed the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex 50m pool over the week­end for 25th an­nual North West Open.

This year the re­gional swim­ming event, hosted by the Kar­ratha Ama­teur Swim­ming Club, in­cluded about 240 com­peti­tors from 11 swim­ming clubs in­clud­ing Broome, Carnar­von, Ex­mouth, Hed­land, Kar­ratha, New­man, Parabur­doo, Pan­na­won­ica, Tom Price and Wick­ham, as well as an en­thu­si­as­tic sole com­peti­tor from Moora.

Broome 15-year-old Jesse Evans was the high­est-ranked in the open’s 14-and-over men’s di­vi­sion on 106 points, the most of any com­peti­tor at the meet.

Mean­while, the women’s 14-an­dover swim­mer of the meet ti­tle was won by Carnar­von swim­mer Bree Hud­son with a to­tal of 99 points, com­ing in ahead of Broome’s Belinda Cole (93) and New­man’s Brit­tany Ebert (87).

Kar­ratha Ama­teur Swim­ming Club pres­i­dent Deb­o­rah Watts said the open was a good op­por­tu­nity for swim­mers to im­prove their times with an aim of mak­ing it into State or na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“We try to in­clude as many of the qual­i­fy­ing events as pos­si­ble, so that the kids can get those qual­i­fy­ing times,” she said.

“We get of­fi­cials from Perth and they’ll ac­tu­ally come up to make this an of­fi­cial meet, so those times, the kids can take them any­where in Aus­tralia.”

Broome’s Gemma Kent (102) was named the fe­male 11-13-year-old swim­mer of the meet while LeTahlia Callaghan (85) from Tom Price won the ju­nior cat­e­gory.

Carnar­von’s Adam Clark (84) topped the male 11-13-year-olds group and Do­minic Al­geri from Hed­land won the 10-and-un­der boys’ di­vi­sion on 96 points.

Records were smashed among most clubs, with Broome swim­mers do­ing par­tic­u­larly well, break­ing 25 records.

North West Open swim­mers of the meet win­ners Bree Hud­son, 15, Gemma Kent, 13, LeTahlia Callaghan, 8, Jesse Evans, 15, and Adam Clark, 13.

Per­era Pic­tures: Alicia

Ju­nior breast­stroke com­peti­tors race to the fin­ish.

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