ANOTHER SUCCESFUL TASMANIAN MEET
I’d like to thank the team for such a fantastic weekend. We all had a great time, we performed incredibly, and everyone is going home faster and stronger than when they came.
Big thanks to my wingman Jack who made the job of coordinating 32 swimmers(a record number) a lot more manageable. To our fantastic parents, particularly the amazing Melissa Courtney and Ann McAllister, thank you for all your organisation with team functions, food, and making sure Jack and I were well cared for. An extra big thanks to Greg Langford and Adriene Moloney for their work as officials over the weekend.
Final tally: 32 swimmers 139 PB’s 9 new national times 20 medals
Well done to everyone on such a successful weekend. But the season isn’t over! Australian Age Championships is only 34 days away. Final preparation begins this week. It’s time to buckle down and focus. Every time you hit the water, every time you step into the gym, every moment of the next 5 weeks is an opportunity to be better. Make the most of it.
Coach: Jayden Brian
Day 1 Awards:
Tonight we kicked off the meet with 1500’s and 400 IM’s. tough events to start with, but our four swimmers for the night did a fantastic job.
Riley Mitchell -1500 4th Ella Robertson-Brown -1500 4th Jasper Subramaniam -400 IM 13th Jack Boesley -400 IM 2nd
Congratulations to Jack for picking up a silver medal in his 400 IM. Jack swam a pb with a really gutsy effort that left him seeing spots towards the end.
Swim of the day goes to Riley Mitchell for an outstanding effort in his 1500 free. This was Riley’s second ever 1500. Riley finished with a 37 second pb, picking up a new 1500 national time and an 800 national time along the way.
Day 2 Awards:
Biggest PB of the day: Kate Lewena. This is Kate’s first interstate competition, and she started off with a bang. A 14 second pb in her 200 free earned Kate this award for the day.
Swim of the day: Domi Moloney - 200 free final. Domi qualified fastest for the 200 free in the heats session, with a Pb time of 2:11.10. It’s always nerve wracking going into a final seeded first, but Domi stepped up. A real gutsy effort saw Domi leading start to finish, touching the wall in a huge Pb and a blistering time of 2:08.97.
Swimmer of the day: Georgie Moloney. It’s not easy picking an overall swimmer of the day when everyone swims so well, but Georgie really went above and beyond. 5 swims, 4 pbs, and 3 new national times. Hard to argue with those numbers. Well done Georgie, very well deserved.
Day 3 Awards:
PB of the day: Mitch Nel. Mitch clutched this award with a whopping 13 second Pb in his 100 fly. Mitch earned himself a swim in the final, where he dropped another second.
Swim of the day: Ciara Walsh. Ciara had been looking forward to her pet event 200 back for days, and was determined to make this a performance to remember. But as many of us have learned, things don’t always go the way you hope. Ciara ripped her suit before her heat swim, but managed to calm herself and get through, qualifying second. Fate was not on her side, and a second suit was ripped minutes before her final. Not one to be discouraged, Ciara stepped up and raced her heart out anyway, finishing with her second fastest time ever, under the national time, and a bronze medal.
Swimmer of the day: James Lewena. 2 events, 4 Pb’s, and 2 medals. Jimmy had a ripper morning session, pbing both his 100 back and 100 free, and earning a place in both A finals. But as I’ve said before, there is always another level. There is always another rung on the ladder, another skill to tweak, another second to drop. Jimmy dropped two more pb’s in the finals session, earning himself a gold in the 100 back and a bronze in the 100 free
Day 4 Awards:
Pb of the day: Jasper Subramaniam. Often it’s the events we don’t stress about - the events we do for fun, that we find ourselves the most successful in. Jasper went into the 200 breast with no expectations and a great attitude, and came out the other side with a 13 second Pb.
Swim of the day: Jack Boesley. Jack couldn’t believe it when he found himself in the final for his 100 free. Nervous but excited, Jack stood on the blocks in lane 1, metres away from a roaring MLC crowd, and rose to the occasion, finishing with a time almost a full second under his previous best.
Swimmer of the day: Isabella French. The Tassie load of events can be a lot to handle for anyone. This gutsy 11 year old raced her 5th and 6th events in the heats session, PBing both and qualifying for both finals. Races 7 and 8 came in the finals session with yet another two second PB to top it off. Most impressively, Frenchy did this while being sick and exhausted.
Final day’s awards:
Pb of the day: Will Lewena. Will earned this award in his 800 free yesterday morning. I don’t know if Will was super excited when I told him afterwards that he would need to start racing more 800s, but a 29 second Pb says otherwise.
Swim of the day: Ella Robertson-Brown. At the end of the day, you can’t ask for any better than a new Pb. To swim faster than you have ever swum before is an accomplishment. Ella’s 800 last night saw not one, not even two, but three pb’s. Ella pb’d the 200, 400 and 800 in the one swim, with the team standing on the side of the pool pushing her through the whole time.
Swimmer of the day: Max Boesley. Max has had an outstanding weekend, and Day 5 was such a strong finish. Max swam the 200 fly and 100 free in the heats session, pbing both and securing a final in the 200 fly. To close out the meet, Max dropped another two seconds in his 200 fly (6 seconds for the day), narrowly missing the national time.