Silver City the top country club at State Championships
Monday, 31st January, 2011
After a highly successful Country Championships, 14 swimmers from the Silver City Swim Club (SCSC) have risen to the next level.
Competing at the State Championships in Adelaide, the team won two state titles and nine outright medals in both age-group and open events.
The club also achieved 14 national qualifying times and was the best performing local and SA country club in the overall point score, ahead of Onkaparinga, West Coast and the Broken Hill Swimming Club.
Ellysia Oldsen (15) won nine medals in total - two gold, four silver and three bronze, and also broke five SA country records.
She claimed her two State champion titles in the butterfly events. In the 50m fly her time of 29.1 was only 0.23 of a second outside the State record, and her 100m fly time of 1.04.84 was the fastest overall of all female age-groups. Ellysia won silver in the open 200m backstroke, behind a 17-year-old SA Sports
Institute swimmer. She also dead-heated for silver in the 50m freestyle, recording a very fast time of 27.84 seconds.
She also proved the high quality and versatility of her swimming by achieving 14 national qualifying times - seven Australian age and seven Australian open times.
In the six days of racing at the championships, 608 athletes represented 42 different swimming clubs from all over Australia.
Other SCSC individual finalists (top eight in the state) were Indianna Paull and Jesse Cochrane-Adolfson.
"This was a terrific result as both are only 11 years old, competing in their first state championships," sai da club spokesman.
"Jordie Kappe, Joshua Hands, Kai Pressler, Clarice Carroll, Caitlin Evans-Mercieca and Alexis Lenton also swam exceptionally well in their individual events."
Relay finalists and first time state representatives included nine-year-old Rohan Cutting, and 11-year-olds Kai Pressler, Lachlan Cutting, Jesse Cochrane-Adolfson, Clarice Carroll, Caitlin Evans-Mercieca, Courtney Evitts and Indianna Paull.
The boys 11 and under team finished 4th and 5th in their relays, while the 11 & under girls team achieved two 6th placings. The girls 15 and under relay team (Alexis Lenton, Kirstie Lenton, Chelise Kappe and Ellysia Oldsen) also greatly improved their times.
SCSC was proudly represented by Jordie Kappe, Kai Pressler, Indianna Paull and Chelise Kappe at the official opening ceremony march-on.
Head Coach Ricky Shore took the opportunity to attend the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) workshop presented by Vince Raleigh, National Youth Coach of Australia.
At this forum, Ellysia received a special mention from Mr Raleigh for her exciting potential, and she was also acknowledged by Australia's Head Coach, Leigh Nugent, on pool deck at the finals session.
Coach Shore said he was was very proud of all his swimmers and the club's overall results.
"It was the first State champs for 12 of our 14 team members, and nine of these swimmers reached the finals. In total we received 31 finalist ribbons, and with significantly less entries than other country teams, we still managed to come out on top."