The National Age Swimming Championships were held in Adelaide during the Easter holidays. The Somerset Swim Club had its largest contingent of swimmers to date attend the National Age Championships with 17 swimmers qualifying for the meet as well as three Relay teams.
The team was made up of a mixture of first time and experienced National level swimmers being Olivia Collins, Georgia Ellwood, CJ Licuanan, Jade Mansell, Brooklyn Steele, Ieuan Watkins, Jordan Wilson, Jacob Hales and Callum Moloney. While the following swimmers achieved outstanding results at the National Championships making finals:
Leon Shirayama (14 years): 5th - 100m Butterfly, 4th - 200m Butterfly, 4th - 200m Freestyle
Lleyton Morgan (15 years): 8th - 200m Freestyle
Connor Borkowsky (13 years): 10th - 50m Freestyle
Riley Clout (15 years): 5th - 1500m Freestyle
There were two swimmers from Somerset that won National medals both in backstroke events. Congratulations to the following swimmers on their impressive swims:
Brooke Otto (13 years): 3rd - 200m Backstroke, 2nd - 100m Backstroke
Freya Jetson (16 years): 3rd - 200m Backstroke
Overall, Somerset finished 30th out of over 150 swimming clubs that had swimmers attend the meet, which is the highest finish for the Club at this elite level.
National Open Swimming Championships (Olympic Trials)
Somerset had three swimmers and Coach Ashley Callus attend the National Open swimming championships held in Adelaide, following the National Age Championships, being Hayden McEvoy and previous Olympians Yolane Kukla and James Roberts. Both Yolane and James have only recently returned to the pool after breaks from training due to illness and injury giving them limited preparation. The swim meet doubled as the National Championships as well as the selection trials for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics.
Given Yolane’s limited preparation, her talent and skills saw her finish 7th in the 50m Freestyle with impressive swims throughout the heats, semi-final and the final. James Roberts, returning from double shoulder surgery in 2015, had an amazing meet swimming a personal best in the 50m freestyle finishing 6th and placed 3rd in the 100m Freestyle. Although James swam under the qualifying time for the 100m event, Australia can only select 2 individual athletes for this event. James has been provisionally selected in the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay for the Rio Olympics which will be ratified by FINA on 31 May. This is a great comeback for James and an amazing result for him, coach Ash and the Club.