Teens dive in for na­tion­als

Southern Telegraph - - SPORT - Chloe Fraser

Two Kwinana Swim­ming Club mem­bers will com­pete against Aus­tralia’s best at the Na­tional Open Wa­ter Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide this week­end.

Si­enna Cum­mins, 13, and Max Coten, 15, will rep­re­sent Kwinana in the 5km and 7.5km events.

Com­pet­ing at the na­tion­als for the first time last year, Max said he en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was quite in­tim­i­dat­ing be­cause lots of the Queens­land and New South Wales swim­mers have re­ally fast times be­cause the con­di­tions over there are bet­ter,” he said. “But it was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence.”

While it will be Si­enna’s first time com­pet­ing at the na­tion­als, she said she was up for the chal­lenge.

“I am a lit­tle ner­vous, but I’ve done all the train­ing so it should be a good race,” she said.

Head coach Ka­reena Pre­ston said ev­ery­one at the club was proud of Max and Si­enna for achiev­ing na­tional level.

“They’ve worked re­ally hard to get were they are,” she said. “It takes a cer­tain breed to jump in the ocean and swim that dis­tance.”

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams with Kwinana Swim­ming Club's Si­enna Cum­mins, 13, Max Coten, 15, and head coach Ka­reena Pre­ston, who will travel to Ade­laide this week.

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