Dol­phins in out­stand­ing fin­ish

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

HAV­ING its most suc­cess­ful sea­son in re­cent years, The South Lake Dol­phins Swim­ming Club achieved out­stand­ing re­sults in the WA State and Ju­nior Short Course Open and Age Cham­pi­onships last month.

Eleven swim­mers at­tended the ju­niors cham­pi­onships.

Aakashi Ranaweera won sil­ver in the 12-year-old girls 50m breast­stroke, break­ing the club record set by Ade­laide Hart in 2007.

Kate Walling­ton won three gold medals for the 11-year-old girls 50m, 100m and 200m breast­stroke, break­ing the club records set by Amanda Hutchens in 1999, Ade­laide Hart in 2006 and Me­gan Vowles in 2001.

She also won bronze in the 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley, break­ing the club record set by Grace Jones in 2010.

“All our swim­mers per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well,” records of­fi­cer Erika Walling­ton said.

“We are the only club with more than two swim­mers to have a PB rate over 80 per cent.”

At the state cham­pi­onships, swim­mers won six medals as well as break­ing 13 of their own club records.

Club records were bro­ken by Lach­lan Belke, Marnie McKenna, Kevin Kalem­ber and Han­nah Palelei.

Ms Walling­ton said there were a lot of fac­tors con­tribut­ing to the sea­son’s highs in­clud­ing the teams new train­ing fa­cil­i­ties at Cock­burn ARC and its in­volve­ment with WAIS.

Kate Walling­ton, coach Do­rian Gandin and Aakashi Ranaweera.

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