Pressler makes a splash
Friday, 12th January, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Last weekend the Broken Hill Aquatic Swimming Club and the YMCA Aquatic Centre hosted the SA Country Swimming Championships and the locals put up a fantastic showing over the four days.
There was a whopping 462 events from Friday, January 5 to Monday, January 8 including the ‘Superfish’ events held for the younger swimmers on the Friday night.
Silver City Swim Club’s Kalyce Pressler was outstanding. The 13-year-old torpedo stepped on to the podium an astonishing 23 times and took home 11 gold medals as well as breaking her five records along the way.
Pressler admitted that while she thought she’d do well, her results surprised her.
“I was confident going in to the competition but didn’t think I’d do that well,” she said.
Pressler will now move on to the State titles next week, followed by Nationals in May but in between the family are taking a holiday in the USA.
Despite her success, she said that one of best things about swimming is the social aspect.
“These carnivals are fun because you get to meet people and see old friends. That’s the best part.”
Swimming runs in the Pressler family. Kalyce’s older sister Kiara also competed at the championships and won five golds including a couple of successful relay efforts alongside Kalyce.
Their Silver City teammate Lydia Hinton-Neal also enjoyed a great championships with five golds and another 11 top three finishes.
Sixteen-year-old Rohan Cutting, of the Broken Hill Aquatic Stingrays, took home five gold medals while appearing another nine times on the podium.
The visiting competitors, parents and coaches were full of praise for Broken Hill and the Aquatic Centre. The city’s economy would have also received a boost with visitors spending up on food, accommodation and fuel during their stay.
The carnival was hampered by the extremely hot weather leading to the afternoon sessions on Saturday and Sunday being called off but that did allow visiting families to check out some of our many tourist attractions.
(Full results of the championships can be found at sa.swimming.org.au).