The Junior and Senior School State Swimming Titles were held in Brisbane from Monday 21 to Saturday 26 of March. Somerset College had two Junior School students – Charlie Henrison and Lachlan Talbot - swim at the titles, while there were 10 Senior School students – Leny Grigor, Martin Hembling, Tristan Song, Jake Tickle, Bessie Dear, Holly Hembling, Sasha Henrison, Milla Jansen, Olympia Pope and Aveline Rounsley - competing.

In addition to the College students at the Titles, the Somerset Swim Club also had 10 Junior School competitors as well as 16 Senior School competitors.

There were some outstanding results at the Meet. 

The following swimmers all won events:

Olympia Pope (14 years) – State Champion in 50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke breaking the Queensland record in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke.

Milla Jansen (16 years) – State Champion in 50m, 100m Freestyle breaking the Queensland record in the 50m and 100m Freestyle.

Holly Hembling (15 years) - State Champion in 50m, 100m Breaststroke

Maya Zunker (13 years) - State Champion in 50m Breaststroke breaking the Queensland record in both the heat and again in the final.

Zahri Jarrett (13 years) State Champion in 200m Freestyle

Matilda Grimson (13 years) State Champion in 100m, 200m Backstroke

Sebastine Du Preez (18 years) State Champion in the MC 100m Breaststroke

Summer Johnston (12 years) State Champion in the 50m Freestyle

There were a host of medallists from both the College and Club and these swimmers were: Leo Herbst (10 years), Maximus Truman (12 years), Summer Johnston (12 years), Bessie Dear (15 years), Anabelle Aulert (14 years), Sebastine Du Preez (18 years), Matilda Grimson (13 years), Zahri Jarrett (13 years), Isabelle Sly (15 years), Maya Zunker (13 years), Leny Grigor (13 years), Olympia Pope (14 years), Sasha Henrison (15 years) and Holly Hembling (15 years).

In addition to this, the following swimmers made it to the finals in their main events which is a great achievement: Dominic Fletcher (11 years), Amelia Hart (12 years), Makyra Melo (10 years), Charlie Henrison (12 years), Joshua Cimini (16 years), Cady Daniels (16 years), Zarah Farrington (13 years), Ciara Fay (16 years), Charlotte Gavenlock (13 years), Gisele Howard (15 years), Frankie Leonardi (14 years), Luka Leonardi (15 years), Jessica Melo (13 years), Lacey Strachan (13 years), Tristan Song (17 years), Jake Tickle (13 years) and Aveline Rounsley (16 years).  

In the Junior School, the following swimmers were selected onto the Queensland State Team to compete at the National Titles in Brisbane later this year: Leo Herbst, Summer Johnston and Maximus Truman. While in the Senior School, swimmers gaining automatic selection for the Queensland Team were: Sebastine Du Preez, Matilda Grimson, Zhari Jarrett, Maya Zunker, Olympia Pope, Milla Jansen, and Holly Hembling. Additional swimmers can/will be added to the Senior School Queensland team based on overall team size.

There is a long list of State Champions (including multiple record breakers), medallists and finalists from this years’ events and a very hearty congratulations to all swimmers for their results as well as those that have gained selection to compete for their state later this year at the National Championships. 

Well done swimmers and coaches!

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