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BH Swimming Club returns victorious

Friday, 18th January, 2013

The Broken Hill Swimming Club left the South Australian Country Swimming Championships in Gawler with a swag of medals. The Broken Hill Swimming Club left the South Australian Country Swimming Championships in Gawler with a swag of medals.

The Broken Hill Swimming Club has returned as a team of champions after four days of competition at the South Australian Country Swimming Championships in Gawler.

They held their ranking as the most successful local club for the fifth year in a row, finishing in overall 4th place on 860.5 points, 298.5 points clear of Silver City in 6th place on 562 points and Alma Broken Hill on 59 points.

This makes the city of Broken the most successful town at the Country Championships with the three clubs totalling a winning score of 1481.5 points, 42.5 points clear of the championship winning club, Onkaparinga.

The BHSC team of 16 swimmers amassed a total of 152 finals appearances to come away with 91 medals: 41 gold, 37 silver, and 13 bronze, along with two new country records, four perpetual trophies and eight SA Country Championship title holders, several of them in multiple events.

Every team member made a final and came home with a medal, making it a truly successful "team effort".

Broken Hill dominated the relay events, with every team making finals and gaining medals in 13 events. BHSC Open ladies relay Team of Amber Grose, Hannah Pryor, Isabella Morris and Jessica Thomas were victorious in all five Open Female Relay events, which is a first for any Broken Hill club.

In the process they came home with the City of Whyalla Trophy for the fastest female 4 x100m Freestyle relay, and the Faux Trophy for the fastest female 4 x 100 Medley Relay.

The female relays also took gold in 16/u freestyle and medley relays, and silver in the 14/U freestyle and medley Relays.

The male relays won silver in the 14/u freestyle and medley and the 18/U males took out silver in the freestyle and bronze in the medley.

The club's youngest competitors, Will Campbell, was its first competitor into the pool in the superfish competition and is now the fastest 9yr-old in SA Country for the 50 back and fly events.

He also came second in the freestyle, and fourth in the breaststroke.

Zoey Gasmier, in the very competitive 10 years Superfish division, swam well gaining a PB for the 50 breast. Tobias Thomas gained a second in the 12yr
superfish 50 breast.

Club Captain Amber Grose won the Fairweather Trophy as the best female 14/15yrs and the Rachel Cowan Memorial Trophy for the fastest female 400m freestyle.

Amber gained 16 gold medals, 6 silver, after 22 finals appearances.

Male Club Captain Ben Mills set a new SA country record and in the 1500m freestyle and was also named the Swimming SA best team person award.

Ben made 13 finals, gaining one gold, two silver and three bronze.

Ethan Thomas also set a new country record in the 17yr male 50m breaststroke, making nine finals with one gold, a silver and two bronze.

Isabella Morris showed outstanding form, appearing in 13 finals and finishing with eight gold, three silver and two bronze.

Hannah Pryor swam in the breastroke, including the open events, making 15 finals, and winning seven gold and two bronze. Jessica Thomas showed her mettle with five gutsy relay swims and making 15 finals for five gold, four silver and a bronze.

Mikayla Mills made three finals for two gold and a bronze. Savannah Morris made eight, winning one gold, three silver and was awarded JX gold in the 50 fly.

Bailey Stubing was in 14 finals for two silver and two bronze. Connor Esling made 10 finals for a silver and a bronze. Luca Napoli showed consistent effort making eight finals for two silver, with a PB in every swim.

Lachie Grose swam in seven finals, winning three silver medals. Georgie Kuerschner made seven finals winning three silver.

Harry Campbell was in three finals and won two silver medals.

Jessica Pryor in 50m freestyle made three finals and collected two silver medals.

Tobias Thomas swam his heart out in both 14/u relays making the finals and winning two silver medals.

Head Coach Marisa Webb was thrilled with the team's performance.

"I'm so impressed with the team's efforts over the four days. They gave their all in every event and the results they achieved are the proof of their hard work and dedication."

Team manager Dave Kuerschner also praised their efforts.

"I'm proud to have managed such a great team.

It was truly a whole team effort. They have all represented their club and Broken Hill with pride and true sportsmanship."

A small group of six swimmers from the BH Swimming Club are now looking forward to competing in the SA State Age Championships (January 22-25) at the SA Aquatic Centre in Marion.

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