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WA swimmers set their sights on Hawaii

Swimming WA - 17/02/2014
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Western Australia looks set to make up three quarters of the Australian open water team at this year’s Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii.

Sacha Downing, Grace Hull and Brett Fielding have met the selection criteria for the event, which takes place from 28th August to 1st September, after exceptional performances at the National Open Water Championships in Geelong at the weekend.

As the first two finishers overall from both the girls’ and boys’ 10km events, Downing, Hull and Fielding – along with Queenslander Lachlan Colquhoun - will be nominated to represent Australia in August. The team is expected to be confirmed later in the year.

Downing finished just behind Australian World Championships representative Chelsea Gubecka to win the girls’ 16 years 10km open water event in 2:09:47.07 ahead of Suzanne Ryan (2:11:29.95) and Renee Holdstock (2:14:16.39).

Downing added to her medal haul by taking out the women’s open 5km – and girls’ 16 years – 5km title in 1:05:27.42.

Meanwhile Hull looks like she will be sitting alongside Downing on the plane to Hawaii after finishing second in the girls’ 15 years 10km event.

Hull clocked 2:09:51.02 to finish behind Gubecka (2:09:17.37) – who has already qualified for Senior Pan Pacs - and ahead of Queenslander Sarah Thompson (2:10:55.93).

Hull also finished third in the girls 15 years 5km clocking 1:08:28.64 behind Thompson (1:08:24.34) and Queenslander
Phoebe Hines (1:08:25.99).

And Brett Fielding took out the boys’ 16 years 10km in (2:02:40.83), finishing second overall behind Colquhoun (2:02:11.57).

Colquhoun won the 17-18 years title ahead of Fielding’s Perth City team-mate William Rollo (2:02:40.85) and Ethan Owens  (2:02:55.03).  Fielding was also second in the boys' 16 years 5km, finishing in 1:01:49.28, behind Queenslander Cody Paterson (1:01:17.58) and ahead of Victorian Dean Wilson (1:01:55.88).

WA’s other medallists in the 5km in Geelong included Guy Harrison-Murray, who was second in the men's multi class (1:06:22.04), Alexander Freeman, second in the boys' 15 years (1:03:54.13) and Callum Lauriston, second in the boys 14 years in (1:03:59.85).

For full results from the Australian Open Water Championships in Geelong visit http://www.swimming.org.au.

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More than 60 swimmers from WA seized on the chance to take their swimming to a new level at squad development camps in Perth last week. Gold and Silver squad members came together for a three day/two night training camp led by acclaimed Queensland-based coach Matt Brown, with the assistance of Nudgee Brothers swimmers Jack McLoughlin (World Junior team member), Buster Sykes (2013 Australian Open 200m breaststroke champion) and Jared Gilliland (2013 Australian Open 400m individual medley silver medallist).

 

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Conference brings Swimming WA community together

Clubs, officials and coaches came together at the University of WA at the weekend for Swimming WA’s inaugural combined conference. More than 120 people attended the two-day gathering, which was held in conjunction with the SwimWest Coaches and Teachers Conference, an Officials Forum and incorporated Swimming WA’s Annual General Meeting.

 

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