'Raining medals' forBroken Hill swimmers
Thursday, 20th January, 2011
The torrential rain on Thursday night appeared to have been a good omen for Broken Hill's oldest and most established Swimming Club, The Broken Hill Swimming Club (BHSC).
It was raining medals, records and finals appearances on the Stingray's Team all weekend.
BH Swimming Club's Team, made up of 14 Superfish, and 33 Country Championship Swimmers, was the most successful local club of the meet.
The youngest team members, the Superfish, endured trying conditions including the torrential rain on Thursday night. Fourteen young swimmers were entered in 52 races and posted some very competitive times for their age. Lily Eckert and Savannah Morris achieved Australian Junior Excellence times.
Clear skies and fierce competition were the order of the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Stringrays showed what their combined talent and the home pool advantage can do, with 155 finals appearances.
They won 107 Swimming SA Country Championship Medals (27 gold, 48 Silver, 32 Bronze) and set 13 new SA Country records.
After three days of competition, the race for the Advertiser Shield (for the club amassing the highest points) was clearly a two-horse race between reigning champions Onkaparinga and The BH Swimming Club.
The lead see-sawed between them throughout the meet but in the end Onkaparinga (with 47 swimmers) came away winners on 962 from BHSC (37 swimmers) on 892.5. These two clubs scored more than double the points of their nearest rivals, West Coast (21 swimmers) on 429.5, Port Augusta (20 Swimmers) on 425, and Silver City (28 Swimmers) on 369.
Two of Broken Hill SC club members were officially recognised by Swimming SA for their outstanding achievements over the competition. Bailey D'Monte (11yr) won the Bryant Trophy for the Best Male 11/U performance, and Amber Grose won the Bowen Pain Trophy for the Best Female 12/13yrs Performance after winning 11 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze and setting six SA Country records.
In addition, Amber was also awarded the McAvaney Trophy for the Best Open Female individual performance of the meet for her gold medal swim in the 13/u 200m individual medley where she broke a 16-year-old SA Country record with a time of 2.37.00.
This was an outstanding achievement for such a young athlete, who also showed her strength of character when her goggles broke on the blocks at the start of the 100m breaststroke. She swan the entire race without goggles and still won the gold medal.
The team celebrated their achievements on Sunday night, but were straight back into the pool Monday night for training for the SA State Championships in Adelaide today.
Not to be completely outdone by their children, BHSC parents were also commended by Swimming SA's development officer for their commitment to furthering their swimming education. More than 10 parents undertook the practical training components towards becoming accredited technical officials, in roles as Judge of Stroke, Inspector of Turns, Chief Time Keeper, Marshall, Announcer and Check Starter.
Many of the parents trained in several technical official positions in an effort assist in the smooth running of not only this event but all future events the club wishes hold.
BH Swimming Club thanks Country Energy, City Council, the many local businesses and the community members who so generously sponsored and supported the SA Country Swimming Championships.
BHSC team results:
- Amber Grose, 6 records, 11 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze;
- Isabella Morris 3 records, 5 gold, 3 silver;
- Ethan Thomas 1 record, 1 gold, 5 silver 2 bronze;
- Chelsea Masclet 1 record, 2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze;
- Courtney Devlin 1 record, 1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze;
- Bailey D'Monte 1 record, 2 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze;
- Hannah Pryor, 2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze;
- Claudia Napoli 2 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze;
- Lachlan Grose 1 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze;
- Bailey Stubing 1 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze;
- Jason Masclet 1 silver, 3 bronze;
- Myles Burt 1 silver, 2 bronze;
- Nick Delisio 1 silver;
- Jayden Kelly 2 silver;
- Matt Webb 8 finals
- Ben Mills 1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze;
- Hannah McNamara 6 finals; Luke Bennett 2 finals;
- Mikayla Mills 3 silver, 2 bronze;
- Danielle Toigo 1 final, Ashton Grose 3 finals; Luca Napoli 4 finals;
- Kris Toigo 2 silver;
- Jessica Thomas 3 bronze, 3 silver;
- Ruby Eckert 4 finals;
- Lachlan Tiziani 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze;
- Olivia Burt 1 silver, 1 bronze;
- Kate Baldwin 2 silver;
- Luke Baldwin 2 finals, Savannah Morris 3 finals. Luke Bennett 1 final;
- Dakota D'Monte, Georgie Kuerschner, Alex Mills represented the club with pride.
Superfish competitors: Lily Eckert, Zoey Gasmier, Maighan Mashford, Will Campbell, Lauren Kuerschner, Nikola Chrisakis, Emma Davies, Lucy Bright, Savannah Morris, Georgie Kuerschner, Neve Robins, Harry Campbell, Tobias Thomas, Connor Esling.
- 13/U male A team of Lachlan Grose, Lachlan Tiziani, Bailey Stubing, Bailey D'Monte 2 Gold
- 13/U male B Team of Luca Napoli, Harry Campbell, Tobias Thomas, Connor Esling, 1 Final
- 13/U Female A Team: Courtney Devlin, Kate Baldwin, Jessica Thomas Mikayla Mills 1 Silver, 1 bronze
- 13/U female B team: Olivia Burt, Ruby Eckert, Chelsea Masclet, Savannah Morris 2 finals
- 15/U female team: Amber Grose, Isabella Morris, Hannah Pryor, Claudia Napoli 2 gold,
- Open female A: Amber Grose Isbella