The Somerset Swim Club is proud of all our swimmers and their achievements. The past season 2016/2017 was another great year for the Swim Club with many highlights, many of these being listed below. At the Clubs’ presentation evening, the following major awards were presented:
Rookie(s) of the Year: Conor Brown
Forrest Butcher Award: Daniel Hardy
Swimmer of the Year: James Roberts
State Open Water Championships 2016:
In October, at the State Open water swimming championships, Somerset had six swimmers compete with three out of the six swimmers finishing with medals. Well done to Sara Tazaki for her effort in winning a bronze medal and the Club’s two state champions Riley Clout and Adele Phillips.
Somerset had 36 swimmers attend the Queensland State Swimming Titles in December held in Brisbane. In addition, the Somerset Swim Club had 11 relay teams compete.
The relay events were on the first day of the week-long meet, with the Somerset Swim Club winning the prestigious Open Men 4 x 50m Relay in a new record time.
The team was made up of: Jeremy Badre, James Roberts, Regan Leong and CJ Licuanan. In addition to this, the Girls' 12 and Under A Relay team were second in the 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay (Millie Entwistle, Jade Sneesby, Jorja Otto and Adele Phillips) and were third in the 4 x 50m Medley Relay (Mia Collins, Millie Entwistle, Ellena Perry and Adele Phillips). From the 11 teams that Somerset entered, 8 of those teams placed in the top ten. This helped Somerset Swim Club finish third in the points score following the Relay day.
Somerset’s individual results produced 21 finalists with ten of these winning medals.
Anarnya Berlowitz – 3rd 17-18 Year Girls 100m Breaststroke, 3rd 17-18 Year Girls 200m Breaststroke
Connor Borkowski – 3rd 14 Year Boys 400m Freestyle
Conor Brown – 2nd 14 Year Multiclass 100m Backstroke, 2nd 14 Year Multiclass 200m IM, 3rd 14 Year Multiclass 100m Freestyle, 3rd 14 Year Multiclass 100m Breaststroke, 3rd 14 Year Multiclass 50m Freestyle
Olivia Collins – 2nd 13 Year Girls 100m Butterfly
Cameron Donovan – 2nd 12 Year Boys 200m Breaststroke, 3rd 12 Year Boys 100m Breaststroke
Sebastian Du Preez – 1st 12 Year Boys Multiclass 100m Breaststroke
Regan Leong – 3rd Open Men 100m Butterfly
Ellena Perry – 1st 12 Year Girls 800m Freestyle
James Roberts – 1st Open Men 50m Freestyle and 2nd Open Men 100m Freestyle
Leon Shirayama – 3rd 15 Year Boys 100m Butterfly
Other finalists included Jeremy Badre, Riley Clout, Millie Entwistle, Freya Jetson, CJ Licuanan, Ashaya Morgan, Hugh Munro, Brooke Otto and Adele Phillips.
Overall, Somerset finished 12th out of more than 100 swimming clubs and had three individual State Champions. This is the Club's best result to date and Somerset is now verging on becoming one of the strongest Clubs, not only in the State, but as Queensland swimming dominates the National Swimming titles, in the Nation as well. Congratulations Team Somerset and a big thank you to the squad coaches, Graeme McDonald, Ashley Callus and Taylor Durso in preparing our swimmers for this event.
Somerset’s Riley Clout and Sara Tazaki both continued their Open Water success from the State Championships earlier in the season at the National Open water titles in January in Adelaide. Sara finished 7th in the 5km event while Riley won the silver medal in the 7.5km event. Well done swimmers.
The National Age Championships were held in Brisbane between Sunday 16 April and Sunday 23 April. The Somerset Swim Club managed to finish 33 on the points score out of nearly 200 swim clubs with the following swimmers making it through to finals and scoring points. Some of these swimmers were extremely close to winning medals with a number of close fourth place finishes:
Anarnya Berlowitz (18 years) – 7th 100m Breaststroke, 8th 200m Breaststroke
Connor Borkowsky (14 years) – 4th 400m Freestyle, 4th 200m Freestyle
Conor Brown (14 years Multiclass) – 4th 50m Freestyle, 4th 100m Backstroke, 1st 50m Breaststroke, 3rd 100m Freestyle, 1st 50m Backstroke, 1st 100m Breaststroke
Riley Clout (16 years) – 5th 1500m Freestyle
Cameron Donovan (13 years) – 8th 100m Breaststroke
Brooke Otto (14 years) – 4th 200m Backstroke, 6th 100m Backstroke
Andrew Parkinson (15 years Multiclass) – 9th 50m Backstroke
Leon Shirayama (15 years) – 9th 100m Breaststroke, 6th 200m Freestyle, 4th 100m Butterfly
The National Open Swimming Championships which doubled as the World Swimming Championships selection event was held in Brisbane from Sunday 9 April to Thursday 13 April. Somerset had 5 swimmers compete through the week; Yolane Kukla, Carlos Licuanan, James Roberts, Anarnya Berlowitz, Regan Leong and Ben Treffers.
James Roberts placed second in the 50m Freestyle in an outstanding race with Cameron McEvoy and James was selected onto the Australian team for the World Championships in Budapest. Ben Treffers won the 50m Backstroke and placed fourth in the 100m Backstroke. Although the 50m Backstroke was not a selection event for the World Championships, Ben was selected onto the Australian team for the World University Games later this year. Well done James and Ben.