From the 28th of March to the 4th of April the Australian Age Swimming Championships were held at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide. Ethan Daws represented The Kilmore Swimming Club at the Championships on the last two days of the meet in the Multi-Class events. Supported by his family, Head Coach Jennifer Lonie and Performance Coach Lynton Pyle, Ethan produced some fantastic swims in a very tough competition.
Session one of the met saw Ethan compete in the 100 freestyle, swimming a strong first half and an equally strong second, Ethan completed the event in 1:09.99 placing him forth with a 3.26 second PB.
In session two Ethan competed in the 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke. Ethan swam two strong swims in his fly and back posting a new PB in the fly of 35.88 ranking him forth and a 43.28 in the back just on his PB ranking him fifth. The breaststroke was the last event for the session and Ethan definitely saved the best for last. Exploding off the block and powering down the pool Ethan stormed home to stop the clock at 42.81, a 1.69 second PB! The swim earned Ethan 502 points which was enough to place him third on the podium.
Session three saw Ethan compete in the 50 freestyle. Ethan again exploded off the blocks and powered down the pool in a very competitive heat. Ethan hit the wall in a new PB time of 30.92 taking 1.13 seconds off his previous best, this earned him 561 points and third place on the podium.
In session four, the last session for the Championships Ethan competed I the 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. Swimming in the 100 back first Ethan swam a very competitive swim in his least favourite event to finish in a new PB time of 1:35.86 ranking him fifth in his age group. Next up was the 100 breast where Ethan swam a strong swim equalling his previous best, ranking him fourth in his age group. The last event for the session and the Championships was the 200 IM, Ethan swam a very strong fly leg, dropping off a bit in the back then bringing it home strong in the breast and free.
“Olympic years always bring out the best, Ethan has swum incredibly well in this competition, swimming five PB’s and bringing home two medals is a tremendous achievement” performance coach Lynton Pyle said.
Ethan will now be taking a short break then getting back in the pool with the rest of the club to train up for the short course season.