Swimming Western Australia
Published: Oct 11, 2012 07:31:05 PM Updated: Oct 11, 2012 07:39:26 PM
Opponents could only describe the arrival of the West Australian team to the State Team Short Course Championships as a rush of gold to the AIS Competition Pool. Western Australia made their intentions clear from the start, claiming a meet record in the second event of opening night. A fierce battle for bragging rights continued for four sessions but unfortunately Western Australia was forced to contend with dejavu and settle for fourth position as they have done for the last four years.
The final scores saw Queensland claim victory with Victoria in second place ahead of third placed New South Wales and fourth finishing Western Australia. South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
The superstar from the Western Australian State Team Damian Fyfe has picked up a an almost perfect clean sweep of his events winning multiple titles and records to take home the award for best individual male performance in the 14/15 age category.
Fyfe set a standard from the opening night that couldn’t be matched despite a gutsy effort from the maroons and Vics. In what was only the second timed final of the night, a meet record fell with Perth City’s Damian Fyfe showing no signs of fatigue as he stormed to the wall in the boy’s 14/15yrs 400m freestyle.
The Australian Age champion from this event looked strong throughout the 16-lap race, eventually hitting the wall a body-length ahead of his closest rival in 3:55.31, to take just 0.28 off Jordan Harrsion’s 2010 record.
Following his wins in the 14/15yrs 200m butterfly, the 14/15yrs 100m butterfly and silver in the 14/15 years 200m backstroke, Fyfe collected his fourth title in a record breaking performance in the boy’s 14/15 years 200m freestyle final. Fyfe’s time of 1:50.37 erased the 2010 record set by Junior Pan Pacific representative Alexander Graham and clinched Fyfe the title of boys 14/15 age champion.
Swimming WA would like to congratulate the West Australian State Team on their efforts in Canberra.
Photos from the event are now available on the Swimming WA facebook page