20 December 2012
On a surprisingly chilly night, Day 3 Finals action warmed the crowd.
Another big contingent of Surrey Park swimmers made their way to MSAC for both individual finals as well as the much anticipated relay events.
The first Surrey Park appearance for the night was Alex Good and Millie Simpson in the Girls 14 Years 200 Fly. Up against some tough competition from not just Victoria but from across the country, Alex took control from the get go, leaving no doubt to her resolve and determination to take the gold medal. Skipper Simpson was back in the points grabbing 7th place.
Elevated to an evening swim in the fastest heat of the Boys 13 Years & under 800 Free, Jonathan May had the opportunity to experience swimming in a finals environment. Jonathan battled hard securing 12th place overall.
The ‘Big Fella’ Lachie McLeish returned to the pool in the Boys 17-18 200 Free style. In an event which had lots of other big fellows in it, Lachie swam a personal best time and a 5th placing.
The Boys 16 Years 100 Backstroke was an exciting race where the action in the water was matched by excitable parents in the stands. Sebastian Cumins touched the wall second but was awarded a gold medal as the 1st placed Victorian.
In the Girls 15 Years 400 Free, Sian Whittaker continued to prove what a quality athlete she is touching first for gold. Phoebe (Rico not Mort) Dammersmith grabbed a podium finish with a bronze medal.
The question needs to be asked “is she GOOD or is she GOOD”, Alexandra (the Great) Good stepped up to challenge of a much vaunted opposition and scored maximum points with a gold medal in the Girls 14 Years 100 Free.
In the Girls 13 Years 200 Backstroke, Adelaide (Private) Wood won a bronze medal as the 3rd Victorian, while Saskia (sister of Rico) Dammersmith finished 7th.
Having had two finals appearances on Day 1, William He, was again in finals action achieving a fantastic 5th in the Boys 12 Years 200 Backstroke.
In the Girls 17-18 Years Breaststroke, Morgan Khan picked up a bronze medal. From one unreliable source via another unreliable source, we believe this is the first time Morgan has won a medal at State Age Championships – well done Morgs!
The Girls 16 Years 400IM saw the ‘Emilys’ in action. Emily Zukic battled through for a bronze medal and Emily Crawshaw a commendable 7th.
The Lean Machine Hamish McDougall took to the water to battle out the Boys 16 Years 400 IM. Up against some class opposition, Hamish picked up a bronze medal in what was a thrilling tactical race from start to finish.
Jemma Schlicht and Sian Whittaker were up for it when they took to the blocks for the Girls 15 Years 50 Free. Jemma powered down the pool to win gold and Sian came in in 4th place.
Sian and Jemma were soon back on the podium as part of the silver winning A team (Jemma Schlicht, Sian Whittaker, Phoebe Dammersmith and Lucy Smithson) in the Girls 16 Years and under 4 x 100 Free relay. The B team (Amelia Ellis, Bec Elson, Alice Hay, Laura Seddon) finished 15th.
In the Boys 16 Years and under 4 x100 Free relay, the A team (Sebastian Cumins, Hamish McDougall, Lachlan May and Sam Cullin) finished 7th.
Our younger athletes were in relay action as well. In the Girls 12 Years and under 4 x 50 Medley relay the A Team (Emilia Doherty, Danielle Smithson, Emma Smithson and Tori Elson) finished in the 9th place and the B team (Molly Freeman, Georgina Shugg, Zoe Choo and Rachael Thorpe) swam under their entry time to a 35th place.
In the Boys 12 Years and under 4 x 50 Medley relay, the A team (William he, Henry Good, Connor Xu and Tom Warrick) grabbed 4th place and the B team (Jacob Nalder, Lochie Noonan, Benjamin Maguire and Jonathan May) came in a respectable 15th.
A couple of points to remember, the uniform for finals night is Surrey Park polo shirts (NO excuses especially from national squad swimmers) and navy blue (NOT pink, yellow , light blue, mauve, red or polka dots) track pants or shorts.
Remember that we are an Athlete Focused, Coach Driven, Parent/Committee supported Club and the athlete-coach relationship is fundamental to our culture. State championships is foremost about the athletes, whether they are from Surrey Park or any other Club – their needs and interests come first.