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BH star swims with the best

Tuesday, 3rd May, 2011

Broken Hill superfish Ellysia Oldsen has competed with the country's top swimmers at the Australian Age National Swimming Championships held recently.

More than 1,500 of Australia's best young swim stars competed in the six-day event at the newly built state-of-the-art SA Aquatic Centre in Adelaide.

Swimmers aged 12 to 18 years came from all over Australia and New Zealand, as well as Hong Kong and the USA, with close to 5,000 entries, including 380 relay teams.

Fifteen-year-old Ellysia, who was Broken Hill's only representative at the championships, made it through to two finals with the top 10 swimmers in Australia.

The finishes were extremely close, with Ellysia placing as the 8th Australian in both the 100m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke events.

The Silver City Swim Club member also achieved a personal best time in the 100m freestyle (1.00.74). Ellysia's standard of achievement puts her into Swimming Australia's Youth Performance Squad (13-18 years) at Silver level for 2011. 

Commonwealth Games silver medallists Samantha Marshall and Tessa Wallace, along with Olympic bronze medallist Cate Campbell were some of the Australian swim team members who competed.

Swimming Australia National Youth Coach, Vince Raleigh, said: "The Australian Age Swimming Championships is a chance to step up at age group level against national competition, and from here we'll be looking to develop these athletes even further to see them reach their full potential in the years to come."

During the week-long championships, SCSC coaches, executive and members also took the opportunity to attend various briefings, meetings and clinics, addressing a wide range of swimming, coaching and administration topics.

Coaches Ricky Shore and Gary Werch jumped at the chance to work on pool deck with acclaimed coach/author Gary Barclay, as well as Olympian Sophie Edington.

Silver City Swim Club members Indianna Paull, Kai Pressler and Kiara Pressler were among the first swimmers to try out the new $100 million SA Aquatic

Centre as they actively participated in two Junior Excellence clinics held between the heats and finals sessions.

The club's swimmers are next gearing up for competitions in May, June and July, including the SA State Short Course Championships in Adelaide.

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