KIAMA Swimming Club has shone at the NSW Country Swimming titles held at Sydney Olympic Pool at Homebush recently.
To compete at these prestigious titles, swimmers must meet rigorous time criteria for each event that they plan to swim, ensuring the best swimmers from NSW Country areas are competing against each other for championship titles.
On day one of the titles, Nick Bamford swam the 50-metre freestyle in a fast personal best time and Liam Williams and Madeleine Bakker also swam personal bests in their 50-metre freestyle events.
After lunch, Maddie Bakker swam the 100 backstroke and the 12 years girls' freestyle relay team of Grace Mahon, Sarah Williams, Kristen Scotti and Marlo Lewis showed they are a force to be reckoned with and significantly reduced their personal best time.
Taylah Boese, Lori Miller and Marlo Lewis then swam the 50-metre breaststroke, all performing personal bests.
Day two of the titles saw Madeleine Bakker compete in the 200-metre freestyle event and Liam Williams swam in his favourite event, the 100-metre breaststroke. He took a very impressive fourth place, slashing four seconds off his previous best time.
The very enthusiastic 12 years girls' medley relay team of Sarah Williams, Taylah Boese, Marlo Lewis and Grace Mahon took an amazing five seconds off their PB and hopefully qualified for the upcoming State Age Championships. After lunch Marlo took three seconds off her PB in the 50-metre butterfly, Liam Williams took 2.5 seconds off his 100-metre freestyle PB and most impressively, Maddie Bakker swam her heart out in the 100-metre freestyle, winning bronze.
The squad is now training for the ACT championships and then, hopefully, there will be a contingent at the State Age winter championships in late August.