Stingrays enjoy Sunraysia success
Friday, 3rd January, 2014
The Broken Hill Swimming Club was represented by 11 swimmers at the Sunraysia Meet held over the weekend of December 28 and 29 at the Mildura Aquatic Centre.
All swimmers represented the club with distinction in their final lead up to the SA Country Championships to be held in Murray Bridge this month.
Amber Grose was once again outstanding, bringing home 12 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal in individual events as well as finishing third in the 50m Dash for Cash. Amber also achieved nine State and Country Qualifying times over the two days as well as setting a PB in the 100m
Butterfly and is in great form heading towards the SA Country Championships.
Isabella Morris was also in great form, achieving seven Country Qualifying and 6 State Qualifying times from her seven individual events contested. She won 5 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal as well as winning the Dash for Cash over 50m.
Not to be outdone, her younger sister Savannah was also in excellent form throughout the event. Savannah achieved a PB in the 100m Butterfly on her way to winning 5 Gold and 2 Silver medals. In all, she swam in 8 individual events and achieved State & Country Championship Qualifying times in all races she contested.
Georgie Kuerschner was another swimmer who excelled, winning 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal. Georgie achieved 9 Country and 4 State
Championship Qualifying times from her 9 events as well as recording PBs in the 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle as well as the 100m Backstroke.
Maighan Mashford also had a successful weekend, achieving Personal Best times in the 200m Individual Medley (by 37 seconds), 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly (by 3.6 seconds). Maighan also collected a Bronze medal in the 50m Backstroke.
Jade Scott, in only her second Interstate carnival, swam impressively winning 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Jade also swam a PB in the 50m Butterfly taking 4.92 seconds from her previous best time.
The club’s final female swimmer over the carnival was Lauren Kuerschner. Lauren contested the 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke events each day and although not winning any medals she showed continued improvement in her strokes and confidence.
The boys’ events saw only 4 swimmers representing the Stingrays. Harrison Campbell swam Country Championship qualifying times in all 8 events contested as well as achieving 6 PBs including an improvement of 4.76 seconds in the 200m IM as well as 2.55 seconds in the 100m freestyle.
Will Campbell collected 2 Bronze medals from his 8 individual events including a PB in the 50m Breaststroke by 0.73 seconds.
Brett Morris and David Kuerschner both lined up in the Blue Riband 30 and Over 50m Freestyle. In a very close finish Brett took the Silver medal with David finishing a fast finishing 4th.
The Stingrays were also well represented in the relays. Amber Grose, Isabella Morris, Savannah Morris and Georgie Kuerschner won gold in the
Open 200m Medley Relay and the Open 200m Freestyle Relay.
Maighan Mashford, Jade Scott, Georgie Kuerschner and Savannah Morris won Bronze in the 15 and Under Medley Relay. This was a great result as the girls are aged between 10 and 13 and were swimming against 15-year-olds.
Harry and Will Campbell teamed up with Danyon McLachlan-Menz and Jesse Cochrane- Adolfson from the Alma Swimming Club in the 15 and under 200m Medley Relay winning Bronze and the 200m Freestyle Relay winning Silver. Again these boys were swimming against much older boys and did a fantastic job as a team to collect medals in both events.
The club now is aiming its sights on the SA Country Championships in Murray Bridge on January 10 to 13. With many swimmers gaining valuable competition in the past 2 months, we look forward to a strong showing from the team at this prestigious event.