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SA swim success for trio

Thursday, 23rd May, 2013

Young swimming stars Isaac Stokes (from left), Bethany Stokes and Sienna Speechley of the Silver City Swim Club. Young swimming stars Isaac Stokes (from left), Bethany Stokes and Sienna Speechley of the Silver City Swim Club.

Three young swimmers from the Silver City Swim Club performed well at the Swimming SA Junior Excellence Short Course Series Meet in Adelaide this month.

Isaac Stokes, 8, Sienna Speechley, 9, and Bethany Stokes, 6, proved they are up there with the best junior swimmers in South Australia.

Isaac Stokes was on fire, producing five personal best times to win the 50m and 100m backstroke events.

He placed second in the 50m and 100m freestyle races, and finished fourth in the 50m breaststroke.

Isaac also achieved two Swimming Australia Junior Excellence (JX) times for nine year olds, both only hundredths of a second from bronze level.

His five PB’s included a huge 5.70 second time improvement in the 100m freestyle, as well as a large 4.69 second break in the 100m backstroke.

Nine-year-old Sienna Speechley also excelled, winning the 50m freestyle in a personal best time of 38.32 seconds.

Sienna placed second in the 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 100m individual medley, with another personal best by 3.51 seconds. In addition, she achieved three JX times at the meet.

Sienna already has gold JX level in butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke, and is now only 0.32 of a second from gold level in the 50m freestyle.

At just six years of age, Bethany Stokes was the youngest swimmer in the 8 years and under age-group.

Bethany competed exceptionally well in her two events, the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle.

She achieved massive personal best times in both races - a fantastic 15.31 second and a 10.43 second time improvement.

Head coaches Ricky and Neville Shore said they were proud of the swimmers’ progress and achievements.

The club will next be represented by Isaac Stokes, Bethany Stokes, Kalyce Pressler and Kiara Pressler at the upcoming JX Series Meet 2.

Kai Pressler will also compete at the Division 2 Meet on the same weekend, with both competitions being held in Adelaide in June.

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