Over the weekend of the 23rd January 2016 Ethan Daws from the Kilmore Swimming Club competed in the Victorian Championships. Being an Olympic year the competition was fierce, attracting swimmers from Wales, Singapore, New Zealand and all across Australia, including a number of swimmers from our Dolphin team. Ethan competed in six heats over the three days and qualified for three finals.
First up on day one was the 50 backstroke, Ethan swam a strong swim to finish with a new Pb of 41.88, nearly three seconds faster than his Country swim the week before. Next up was the 50 breaststroke heat where Ethan again Pb’ed touching the wall in a 46.09. Finishing in eighth place and qualifying for the final that night Ethan was very pleased with his swim. Competing in the finals session for day one Ethan swam another Pb (44.50) to finish in fifth place behind Paralympian and former Kilmore swimmer Ahmed Kelly.
Day two saw Ethan compete in the 50 freestyle, finishing in a time of 32.35 just outside of his PB. Up next was the 100 breast where Ethan swam a time of 1:43.74 qualifying him for that evening’s final in eighth place. In the final of the 100 breaststroke Ethan Pb’ed again swimming a 1:42.39, again finishing in eighth place. In the same finals session Ethan competed in the final of the 50 butterfly, landing on the wall just outside of his Pb Ethan was pleased with his results for the evening.
Day three; the final day of the competition and two final events for Ethan. First up was the 100 backstroke, not one of Ethan’s favourite events he pushed hard and swam a whopping five and a half second Pb! This placed Ethan in contention for the final as second reserve, unfortunately nobody withdrew from the final so Ethan did not get to swim it. Lastly was the 100 free, Ethan swan a strong effort to finish in a time of 1:14.39, just over his Pb.
“Overall it was a very successful weekend for Ethan” Performance Coach Lynton Pyle said “swimming multi day events is hard work, made even harder this year with more than 20 elite multiclass athletes in the mix. Ethan put in a tremendous effort and making three finals at this level is something to be very proud of”.
Ethan scored the club 28 points placing Kilmore in 46th position out of 67 clubs.