Ellysia the standout as locals excel
Monday, 24th January, 2011
The Silver City Swim Club performed exceptionally well at the biggest swimming event held in the city for 30 years - the SA Country Swimming Championships.
One of the club's swimmers broke four records set by an Olympic Games competitor more than 10 years ago.
The team was awarded three major perpetual trophies, won a stack of medals (mostly gold), and claimed numerous records over the three days of competition.
Many personal best times were also achieved by the members of the team.
The stand-out swimmer of the championships was Silver City's Ellysia Oldsen who won 13 individual gold medals.
She also claimed a staggering 19 records, including nine SA Country Allcomers Age Records, seven SA Country Age Records, and three SA Country Allcomers Open Records.
Ellysia's record performances include breaking four of Olympian Sophie Edington's records which had stood for 10 to 11 years.
She also achieved 11 National qualifying times (six Australian Age and five Australian Open). Ellysia also won the Fairweather Trophy for the best female 14/15 years performance (accumulating 104 points) and the Van Keulen Trophy for the fastest female 100m freestyle swimmer of the meet, with a time of 1:01:26.
Eleven-year-old rising star, Indianna Paull, was in great form, winning four gold, a silver and a bronze medal. Indianna set two records in breaststroke and won the Braendler Trophy for the best female 11 years & under performance.
In addition, she achieved two further fourth placings in the finals, and attained Silver Junior Excellence (JX) standards. Both Indianna and Ellysia were awarded Swimming SA towels for their support, teamwork and outstanding efforts.
Jordie Kappe (16) was also impressive, winning a gold and two silver medals. Jordie set a SA Country record and qualified for four other finals.
Jesse Cochrane-Adolfson (11) swam very strongly in the 50m and 100m butterfly events to claim a gold and silver, and set two records. Jesse achieved Silver JX standard, and qualified in five other finals, finishing with a further 4 x 4th and 1 x 5th placing.
SCSC's oldest swimmer, Angela Oldsen, won two bronze medals in the 19 and over age-group, and finished 4th and 5th in two more finals.
Other individual finalists (top 8 swimmers) included Caitlin Evans-Mercieca (Silver JX), Courtney Evitts (Bronze JX), Clarice Carroll (Bronze JX), Kai Pressler (Green JX), Alexis Lenton, Kirstie Lenton, Brogan Whitelaw, Joshua Hands and Chelise Kappe.
The youngest swimmers of the championships, Tom Fleming (8) and Kiara Pressler (9) attracted much attention. At just eight years old, Tom qualified for two individual finals and achieved an outstanding Gold JX time in the 50m Backstroke. Kiara impressed in the 11&U 100m backstroke event, producing a 4.31 second PB.
Silver City's 15&under girls relay team, consisting of Indianna Paull (11) Alexis Lenton (14), Kirstie Lenton (14) and Ellysia Oldsen (15) were initially ranked 3rd and 5th, but with much determination, lifted to win two silver medals.
The 16&over male relay team (Jordie Kappe, Josh Barrett, Codey Barrett and Brogan Whitelaw) achieved a very creditable 4th placing, while the 16&over female relay team (Jessica Carnie, Sarah Carnie, Janice Cochrane and Angela Oldsen) also showed great team spirit to finish with two 4th places.
Other relay finalists include Elliott Slater, Tom Fleming, Kai Pressler, Jesse Cochrane-Adolfson, Lachlan Cutting, Rohan Cutting, Joshua Hands, Jacko Barrett, Bowen Vincent, Tyler Hicks, Jack Burke, Declan Turner, Cailtin Lee, Alanna Hands, Courtney Evitts and Chelise Kappe. All SCSC relay teams performed particularly well, considering the majority of them swam well under age.
"We are very proud of our results. We are a relatively new club, with a wealth of promising junior swimmers emerging," said SCSC President, Peter Oldsen.
Competing at only its 3rd SA Country Championships, the club finished in the top five (out of 21 teams) in the overall point score.