Tuesday, 27th August, 2013
The Silver City Swim Club has just returned from its most successful state championship meet ever.
With just four swimmers competing at the South Australian State Age Short Course Championships in Adelaide, the club won five state titles, twelve medals, achieved 27 personal best times, and brought home one of the major overall trophies.
Seventeen-year-old Ellysia Oldsen was awarded the Swimming SA Development Trophy for Female Swimmer of the Meet, while the Marion club’s Kyle Chalmers took out Male Swimmer of the Meet.
Ellysia competed in the 17-18 years division, winning a total of 10 medals - four gold, three silver and three bronze.
She also recorded nine personal best times and 10 national open qualifying standards.
Ellysia claimed four gold medals in the 50m butterfly (27.78), 50m freestyle (26.00), 100m butterfly (1:02.54) and 100m medley.
She was on state record pace, just 0.3 of a second from the 50m butterfly record, as well as only 0.68 of a second from the 50m freestyle state record set back in 2001 by Sophie Edington.
Ellysia’s three silver medals came in the 100m breaststroke (1:14.71), 50m backstroke (29.30) and 50m breaststroke (34.18), with three bronze medals in the 100m freestyle (57.37), 100m backstroke (1:03.34) and 200m backstroke (2:19.56).
Fourteen-year-old Jesse Cochrane-Adolfson claimed his first state gold medal in the 400m medley.
Jesse was ranked fourth, but smashed his best time by an astonishing 39.99 seconds to claim first place in a time of 5:12.52.
He also won bronze in the 200m butterfly (2:33.14), again bettering his previous best time by a massive 17.67 seconds.
Jesse achieved 11 substantial personal bests and also nine other top 10 placings, including 5th 100m breaststroke (1:20.67), 6th 100m butterfly (1:08.76), 6th 50m breaststroke (36.87), 7th 50m backstroke (33.18) and 7th 200m backstroke (2:31.35).
Kai Pressler (13) put in a mighty effort to achieve personal bests in all of his five events, even though not feeling well.
In the 100m butterfly Kai swam a best time by 5.12 seconds, and improved his 50m breaststroke time by 1.61 seconds.
He also broke his 100m backstroke time by 1.35 seconds to record a 1:19.78.
Eleven-year-old Kiara Pressler competed in the 12 years and under age-group in two events, recording PBs in both.
In the 400m medley Kiara improved her best time by a huge 38.35 seconds, to finish ninth overall, and was also the fastest 11-year-old in the state.
In the 400m freestyle, she again broke her time by 5.79 seconds, and was the second fastest 11-year-old.
Silver City Swim Club coach Ricky Shore said he was “very proud” of his swimmers’ achievements.
The club has also just recently received notification of its success in gaining funding under the Swimming Australia - Equipment Grant Program.
“It is a key priority of Swimming Australia to ensure that clubs continue to develop and excel,” said Community Sport Coordinator of Swimming Australia, Andrew Twigg.