Swimmers achieve personal bests at Sydney event

KIAMA Swimming Club had seven members attend the recent NSW Country Championships at the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre.

This is a prestigious event hosted by NSW Swimming, and entrants must meet rigorous qualifying times to be eligible to compete.

Liam Williams had a superb swim in the 13 years boys' 100-metre breaststroke, where he took more than three seconds off his personal best time to achieve a top 10 finish in this hotly contested event.

Liam Hinchcliffe competed at his first country championships and swam a great race in the 10 years boys' breaststroke.

Not to be outdone, the Kiama girls also swam well.

Taylah Boese scored a personal best in her 50-metre 11 years' breaststroke.

Sarah Williams completed improved times in the 11 years girls' breaststroke and backstroke, while Grace Mahon swam well in her favoured butterfly events, the 11 years girls' 100 and 50-metre butterfly.

Grace and Sarah both achieved personal best times.

Madeline Bakker also qualified for the 13 years girls' 100-metre freestyle, but an unexpected injury meant she was unable to compete.

Finally, the awesome Kiama girls' 12-and-under medley relay team, comprised of three 11-year-olds and a 12-year-old, swam a fast race and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

The team consisted of Sarah Williams, Taylah Boese, Grace Mahon and Kristen Scotti, who swam a personal best in a fast freestyle leg.

Kiama swimmers love competing at Homebush and look forward to the upcoming Speedo Sprint series to be held there in March.

Join the swimmers on Friday nights, 6.30pm at the Kiama Leisure Centre.

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