Na­tion­als re­lay bid

Albany Extra - - Classifieds - Tim Ed­munds

Al­bany Swim Club will push for their first na­tional re­lay team af­ter the boys 14-and-un­der 4x50m freestyle re­lay team claimed bronze at the SunS­mart WA State Age Long Course Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships this week.

The re­lay team of Jacques Swarts, Jake Shep­herd, Luke Wallinger and Tom Gawned broke the WA coun­try all-time and res­i­den­tial record for the 14 and 15 un­der­age groups in the process to cap off a great cham­pi­onships for the club.

Al­bany Swim Club coach Mar­shall McAleese said the team were only one sec­ond off qual­i­fy­ing for the na­tional cham­pi­onships.

“They were out­stand­ing, we have never taken a re­lay team to the na­tion­als,” he said.

“They will have a few more op­por­tu­ni­ties to qual­ify and it would be a great feather in their cap.”

McAleese said the Al­bany team which also fea­tured Jac­inta McFar­lane, Coco Smar­giassi, Zac Wells, Molly Bowles and Cairo Smar­giassi broke a num­ber of per­sonal bests while Gawned led the way with six medals.

The young swim­ming sen­sa­tion fin­ished with three gold medals in the 50m freestyle, 200m back­stroke and 100m back­stroke, sil­ver in the 100m but­ter­fly and 100m freestyle and bronze in the 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

In the process he broke the WA coun­try all-time and res­i­den­tial record in the 100m back­stroke, 100m freestyle, 100m but­ter­fly, 50m back­stroke and achieved his sixth na­tional qual­i­fy­ing time in 100m fly.

McAleese said it was pleas­ing the club was able to fin­ish third over­all out of re­gional clubs in the cham­pi­onships which saw al­most 500 swim­mers com­pete from clubs in WA, Sin­ga­pore and In­done­sia.

Pic­ture: Al­bany Swim Club

Head coach Mar­shall McAleese, Jac­inta McFar­lane, Luke Wallinger, Jake Shep­herd, Jacques Swarts, Coco Smar­giassi, Zac Wells, Molly Bowles, Tom Gawned and Cairo Smar­giassi at HBF Sta­dium.

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