NSW Country short course swimming
DUBBO City Swimtech had four swimmers compete at NSW Country championships held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in Homebush.
Between them Bianca Fuller, Darcy Wood, Hamish Wood and Taliyah Lovett achieved a total of 16 Short Course Personal Bests (PBS) across the three days of competition.
“There were six top-10 finishes between the four of them and coach Dennis Valentine, who travelled with the squad, was pleased with the results considering the limited amount of training the swimmers have completed,” according to Swimtech Dubbo publicity officer, Cath Osbourne.
“The championships were a fantastic opportunity for the athletes to race against competitors from some of the best clubs in New South Wales as well as being a great way of catching up with fellow swimmers from around the state. Everyone in the club is excited with the re-opening of Dubbo RSL pool and the recent competition has reinvigorated enthusiasm for the upcoming season,” Cath added.
Of course, it has to be remembered that when the local pools closed last winter and the RSL Pool was undergoing unexpected renovations, those who had ambitions for national championships were forced to train outdoors and travel to other centres just to keep up their times.
“Swimming is usually run as long course, competing in 50-metre pools in the summer months and in short course (25m) during winter. The short course events have more turns and therefore faster times, and advantage swimmers who are strong pushing off the wall. In Sydney they move the “bulkhead” of the pool from the end to the middle and turn the 50m competition pool into two 25m pools for short course competitions,” Cath explained.
Congratulations to our four lap-and-turners on some impressive performers.
Bianca Fuller, Hamish Wood, Coach Dennis Valentine, Darcy Wood and Tahliyah Lovett swimmers from Dubbo City Swimtech who competed at the NSW Country Short course *25m pool) championships July 5-7 2019. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Second place getters, Terry Mckenize, Steve Ryan and Brendan Emery with Ross Tighe (Men Of League)