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Swimmers shine

Thursday, 4th December, 2014

The Silver City Swim Club shone at carnivals in Irymple and Red Cliffs last weekend. The Silver City Swim Club shone at carnivals in Irymple and Red Cliffs last weekend.

The Silver City Swim Club enjoyed outstanding success at two Victorian swimming carnivals on the weekend. 

A small but strong team of 12 firstly competed in Irymple, and then nine team members went on to swim at Red Cliffs. The teams’ combined individual medal and relay ribbon tally was an exceptional 96 - 56 gold, 24 silver, and 16 bronze. Other clubs included Mildura, Nyah Two Bays, Irymple, Red Cliffs, Murray Darling, Alma, and Merbein.

Highlights from day two included 13-year-old Kiara Pressler winning the female feature skins event where the fastest 12-16 year olds swim five times, with one swimmer being eliminated after each lap. Fourteen-year-old Ethan Bartlett was also selected for this honour in the male feature skins event. 

On day one, Kiara finished a very close second in the dash for cash invitational swim-off, just 0.48 of a second behind the 17-year-old winner. 

Kiara Pressler was the standout swimmer from all clubs on both days, competing in age and open events, and winning 16 gold and 3 silver. Kalyce Pressler (10) and Lydia Hinton-Neal (11) both dominated the junior girls’ events. Kalyce collected 11 gold and 1 bronze, while Lydia gathered 8 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze in an open event. 

Nine-year-old Talon Zammit-Harvey, although injured, still swam strongly to win 6 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze. Max Trask (10) continues to go from strength to strength, particularly in the backstroke and freestyle events. Max claimed 5 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Kai Pressler (15) was impressive to win 3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze in age and open events. Fourteen-year-old twins Angus and Ethan Bartlett both excelled, with Angus winning 1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze, while Ethan won 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.  

Six-year-old twins Caitlyn and Sharna Kochaniec-Pollard starred among the youngest girls, both each winning the complete set of gold, silver and bronze. Aalisha Kochaniec-Pollard (11) was outstanding, particularly in the freestyle, winning silver behind teammate Lydia. Aalisha’s progress is exceptional considering she hasn’t been swimming long. Five-year-old Crawford Hinton-Neal displayed excellent skills for such a young age. Crawford helped his relay team attain bronze in the 9 years and under.

Andrew Pressler showed his ability, joining his children Kiara, Kai and Kalyce in taking out the family relays on both days, as well as convincingly winning the father and daughter relay. Phil Neal also joined in the team spirit by competing very commendably with his children Lydia and Crawford. 

The club’s swimmers, as young as nine years, challenged themselves by swimming in not only their age-group, but in the open events as well. The Silver City Swim Club was pleased to win both the junior and senior relays at Red Cliffs, and is very proud of all its swimmers.

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