Recently, Somerset Team members Olivia Collins, James Roberts, Leon Shiriyama, Andrew Newling, Matt Flaherty, Tom Nowakowski, Thomas Elliott, Cameron Donavon, Jack Taylor and Tom Gallagher all competed at the Olympic Trials in Adelaide. This meet comes around traditionally once every four years and showcases the best of the best that Australia has to offer. Athletes competing at this meet also have to meet the highest time standards to be eligible for selection on the very limited spots on the Olympic and Junior Teams.

Somerset had great results at this year’s Olympic Trials with Jack Taylor, Thomas Elliot, Tom Gallagher, Olivia Collins, Andrew Newling and Tom Nowakowski all Swimming personal best times.

Stand out performances were recorded by: 

  • James Roberts - 6th 100m freestyle and 3rd in 50m freestyle
  • Olivia Collins - 8th in 100m butterfly
  • Tom Nowakowski - 8th in 50m freestyle
  • Tom Gallagher - 1st in 400m freestyle (Multiclass)

The Somerset Swim Club then had three athletes (and a coach) selected on Teams chosen from the Olympic Trials: 

  • Tom Gallagher - Para Olympics (August)
  • Olivia Collins – QLD to race in NZ (August)
  • Tom Nowakowski - QLD to race in NZ (August)
  • Ash Callus (Coach) - QLD team NZ (August)

Congratulations to all. Also, a big thank you to the Club’s assistant coach Leif Lyons who helped prepare the athletes for the Meet. We wish the athletes well in their preparations for their respective teams and trips away.


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