From the 4th to the 6th of September the Kilmore Swimming Club had two swimmers compete at the Victorian Age Short Course Championships held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC). The Championships bring together the best age group swimmers Victoria has to offer into one very competitive competition, all striving to achieve their best.
After a chaotic warm up on the Friday night involving over 600 swimmer in two 25 metre pool the competition was off and running. Kilmore had Alexandra Roberts and Dylan Cornish representing the club, both competing in the 50 freestyle for their age groups. One of the most highly contested events in swimming, the 50 free would be over in less than 30 seconds; with little to no room for error the swimmers needed to be on top of their game, and they were. First up was Dylan; exploding off the block he swam his first 25 in a 13.42 and brought it home with a 13.71 finishing in a time of 27.31, quite an admirable effort and only the second time Dylan has swum under 27.40. Next up was Alex who tore down the pool in a 13.90 and came back in a 14.94 to finish in a new Pb of 28.84 taking a massive 1.15 seconds off her previous best of 29.99, cementing her place as the fastest female 50m freestyler in the clubs history.
After her fantastic swim on Friday night Alex was back on Sunday morning to compete in the 100 free and butterfly. Alex swam the 100 Free first; finishing in a time of 1:04.47 just off her Pb of 1:04.31. Next up was the 100 butterfly, Alex swam a strong swim to complete the event in a time of 1:13.55, again just off her Pb of 1:13.32.
Two weeks later on the 19th and 20th of September Kilmore had Ethan Dawes compete at the Victorian Open and Multiclass Short Course Championships. Ethan’s first event for the competition was the 100 free, taking it out in 31.61 and brining it home in 36.60, Ethan finished with a new Pb of 1:08.21, 5.03 seconds faster than his previous best. If taking five seconds off his Pb was not enough, Ethan placed third in the event scoring him a bronze medal and the Australian Multiclass Record for the S16 100 free!
Next up was the 50 butterfly where Ethan placed fourth in a new Pb time of 35.91, 1.1 seconds faster than his previous best. On the Sunday Ethan competed in the 50 breaststroke and 50 backstroke. Ethan swan two strong swims in these events and finished just off his previous best and placed sixth in the breaststroke and fourth in the backstroke.
“This is a superb result for the swimmers and a great result for the club” Performance Coach Lynton Pyle said “It’s fantastic to see these swimmers representing the club at this level, they have all worked hard to get here and their results speak for themselves. We have some strong up and coming swimmers training in the squads so we are looking to have a larger team in attendance next year”.