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State Age Championships - Day 2

 Having survived Day 1 despite protests, broken lane ropes, defective starting systems, the introduction of the ‘orange people’ and first day tears (mostly parents) it was time to bring on Day 2.  Coming into Day 2 Finals, nestled into 3rd position on the Club points score, it was time to test the mettle of our athletes and they stood up to the challenge.

First cab off the rank for Surrey Park was the ‘lean machine’ Hamish McDougall who swam tough to secure a silver medal as the second Victorian in the Boys 16 years 400 Free.

In the next event, the Girls 15 years 100 Free, quality swimming by quality athletes Jemma Schlicht and Sian Whittaker saw them grab the quinella with a gold and silver finish.

The Girls 14 years 200 Backstroke, saw the ever reliable and tireless Alex Good snap up a gold medal with Millie (aka Skipper) Simpson swimming well in the same final to post a National Age qualifying time.

After some surprise finals results on Day 1, Leo Wong returned to his favourite stroke to win a bronze medal as the third placed Victorian in a highly competitive Boys 14 years 200 Backstroke.

The Girls 13 years 200IM saw Adelaide (aka ‘Private’) make the first of her two final appearances for the night achieving a credible 9th place and keeping some fuel in her tank for later in the night when she swam on for gold in the Girls 13 Years and under 800m Free.

Carlos (‘the Man’) Berbia, still riding high from a great 200 Free on day 1, grabbed a 7th place in the Boys 13 years 200IM and then later in the night backed up with a 6th place in the 100 Fly..

The big boys came out to play for the Boys 17-18 years 100 Backstroke and our own ‘Big Fella’ – Lachie McLeish did more than hold his own for a great 4th place.

In the Girls 15 Years 200 Fly, Jemma was back, with a nervous mum and dad watching from either end of the pool, to add another gold to her collection.

The Girls 12yrs 100 Fly, saw a very nervous Emma Smithson takes the blocks and 1 minute, 10.56 seconds later she touched the wall as a new State Age Champion.  A big smile finally emerged on Emma’s face when the gold medal was place around her neck.

In her last State Age Championships, Beth Robertson achieved a 5th place in the Girls 17-18 Years 400IM.

In the Boys 17-18 Years 400IM, Sam Warrick improved on his morning heat swim time to secure 7th place.

The Girls 16 Years 100 Breast, saw Emily Zukic, the newest member of our National Squad, who earlier in the night swam a 9th place in the 50 Free, on the podium to receive a gold medal as the first placed Victorian.  In the same final, Emily Crawshaw, coming off a relay silver medal from Day 1, swam a good time to bring in more points for a 7th place finish.

The evening wrapped up with some exciting relays that provided a great opportunity for many swimmers to experience finals atmosphere for the first time.
The Boys 14 Years & under 4 x 50 Free relay saw both our A team (Josh Holding, Carlos Berbia, Jim Bian and Leo Wong ) and B team (Max Warrick, Jess Nalder, Patrick Brenchley and Nicholas McFarlane) improve on the entry times and achieve a 4th and 27th place respectively.

Similarly our Girls 14 Years & under 4 x 50 Free relay teams swam under their entry times with the A team (Georgia Lloyd, Alice Mason, Adelaide Wood and Alex Good) placing 5th and the B team (‘Skipper’ Simpson, ‘Private’ Wood, Anna Drake and Georgie Hawkins) placing 19th.

The older boys (Cam Crabb, Sam Warrick, Sebastian Cumins and Lachlan McLeish) gave their 18 Years and under 4x100 Free relay a real crack and with a great finish by the ‘Big Fella’ leapt into 2nd Place.

In the last relay event of the night, the more mature (?) ladies of club tried their hand at the 18 Years and under 4x100 Free relay.  Our team (Morgan Khan, Lucy Smithson, Beth Robertson and Bec Elson) swam under their entry time to a credible 11th place.

Day 2 ‘done and dusted’- let’s see what Day 3 brings!!