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A week with the best

Friday, 23rd March, 2012

HAPPY TO SHARE: Kenrick Monk lets Ellysia wear the medal he won in the 200m freestyle. HAPPY TO SHARE: Kenrick Monk lets Ellysia wear the medal he won in the 200m freestyle.

Ellysia Oldsen has spent the past week at the pinnacle of Australian swimming, competing in the Australian Open Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

The Silver City Swim Club member was one of 834 athletes at the event which doubled as selection trials for the London Olympic Games.

Although Ellysia missed out on Olympic selection on this occasion, she gained valuable experience on the national stage and competed against the cream of the nation’s swimmers.

Her best result came in the 50m butterfly where she was only 0.49 of a second from making the semi-finals.

Ellysia’s time makes her the fourth fastest 16-year-old in the country in the event and placed her equal 25th out of 112 competitors in the overall open age division.

In the 100m butterfly she was the sixth fastest 16-year-old and 38th overall, with the swimmers ages ranging from 13 to 31 years.

The solid results should form a strong foundation from which to build for future Olympic, Commonwealth and national campaigns.

SC Swim Club coach, Ricky Shore, was very proud and said Ellysia had gained a lot from rubbing shoulders with the best.

“This was Ellysia’s first open nationals and a great learning experience for her,” he said.

“Just to make the qualifying times to be eligible to compete at the Olympic trials is a huge achievement in itself, especially for a young swimmer from Broken Hill.”

Ellysia’s efforts also attracted media attention, with the Advertiser featuring her in an article alongside Ian Thorpe, and the Adelaide ABC broadcasting a live pool deck interview with Ellysia.    

“Swimming at the trials against Olympians like Steph Rice, Jess Schipper, Libby Trickett and Emily Seebohm was an awesome experience,” Ellysia said.

“I got to meet so many champions such as Magnussen, Huegill, Sullivan, Thorpe, and even wear Kenrick Monk’s medal!

“I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful support I received from so many people in Broken Hill, and in particular the Silver City Swim Club.” 

Ellysia will travel to Sydney next weekend to represent West Darling at the NSW Combined High Schools State Swimming Championships at Sydney Olympic Park.

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