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Age Nationals Day 1

For Age Group athletes, the premier pool event of the season is the Australian Age Championships.  This year the Championships are being held in Adelaide from Monday 8th April through to Saturday 13th April with today being the first day of action in the pool.

The Surrey Park team is comprised of 19 athletes (Carlos Berbia, Cameron Crabb, Emily Crawshaw, Sebastian Cumins, Phoebe Dammersmith, Saskia Dammersmith, Alexandra Good, Morgan Khan, Lachlan May, Hamish McDougall, Lachlan McLeish, Jemma Schlicht, Mill Simpson, Sian Whittaker, Leo Wong, Adelaide Wood, Thomas (8 questions only) Wood, Connor Xu and Emily Zukic) that will be supported by coaching staff and team management and actively cheered on, to the point of overexcitement, by the POSPS (Parents of Surrey Park Swimmers).

The road to qualifying for the championships is often arduous and full of unexpected hurdles so all athletes are to be commended on making the team.  Those hurdles will continue for many during the week both in and out of the pool.  The week will be a great challenge to not only the athletes but to the staff as well who often go without due thanks for the contribution they make before and during the championships.

Special congratulations to Carlos Berbia, Saskia Dammersmith and Connor Xu who will be competing in their first National Age Championships.  We hope that all athletes, irrespective of their results, will be able to take a positive experience away from the championships.

Day 1 Preliminaries

A number of athletes competed during the first session and the following will be swimming in individual finals later tonight:

·         Hamish McDougall (16 yrs 200 Fly)

·         Alexandra Good (15 yrs 800 Free, 200 Back)

·         Emily Zukic (17-18 yrs 100 Breast)

·         Sian Whittaker (15 yrs 200 Back)

·         Phoebe Dammersmith (15 yrs 200 Back)

·         Lachlan May (15 yrs 200 Back – Emergency)

·         Saskia Dammersmith (12-13 yrs 200 Breast)

Relay teams for the 16 yrs & Under 4x 100 Medley will also be in action tonight.

Live Results are available at http://www.clubsonline.com.au/uploads/swimresults/National/2013AGE/