Medals, per­sonal best times show­cased in Perth

Broome Advertiser - - SPORT - Jakeb Wad­dell

Broome’s lo­cal swim­ming squad has re­turned home with medals once again after com­pet­ing at an elite meet in Perth.

Five swim­mers from the Broome Bar­racu­das took part in this year’s Han­cock Prospect­ing State Course Cham­pi­onships, held at Chal­lenge Sta­dium, pit­ting them­selves against some of the very best in WA.

Among a plethora of per­sonal best times smashed over the two days, the quin­tet picked up three medals across the 36 events, in­clud­ing a sil­ver for Fin­lay Wal­lace in the 50m but­ter­fly, a sil­ver for Gemma Kent in the 200m but­ter­fly and bronze for Jesse Evans in 200m back­stroke.

The swim­mers recorded a to­tal of 34 per­sonal best times.

Bar­racu­das pres­i­dent Naomi Findlay said the cham­pi­onships were a very suc­cess­ful meet for the team.

“This elite squad achieved well above what was ex­pected of them, de­spite the fa­tigue that comes from trav­el­ling such a dis­tance,” she said.

“This is some­thing that Perth swim­mers do not have to fac­tor in.

“We have gone from strength to strength this year, re­gain­ing trac­tion after the Broome Re­cre­ation and Aquatic Cen­tre pool was closed.”

The Bar­racu­das will host the Kim­ber­ley Open Short Course Cham­pi­onships this week­end, with the ac­tion kick­ing off to­mor­row and run­ning un­til Sun­day.

As of Mon­day, 67 com­peti­tors were reg­is­tered in 563 events, rep­re­sent­ing 12 clubs, with 37 com­peti­tors tak­ing part from Broome.

En­tries for the event are now closed.

Pic­ture: Broome Bar­racu­das

Broome Bar­racu­das squad mem­bers Jesse Evans, Gemma Kent, Daniel Ralph, Talia Wilkinson and Fin­lay Wal­lace at the Han­cock Prospect­ing State Short Course Cham­pi­onships in Perth.

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