Day 4 unfortunately brought
about some illness to the team but thankfully all those swimmers
except one had finished racing.
On day 4 there were some PBs
during the heat sessions, but no Surrey Park individual finalists
for the night.
However the last event of the
evening saw the boys 17-18 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay
represented by Sam Warrick, Tom Wood, Hamish McDougall and Lachlan
McLeish all swimming under their entry time and finishing 12th
Lachlan McLeish 5th 200
Jemma Schlicht GOLD 100
Tom Wood 7th 1500
William He (11th) 1st
emergency 50 freestyle. Unfortunately for Will he didn't manage to
trip anyone up to get a swim in the final!
Hamish McDougall 8th 200
Sam Warrick 12th 200 butterfly
2nd emergency and once again Sam didn't manage to trip two people
up to get a swim in the final
Lachlan McLeish 6th 100 metre
The last event for Surrey Park
at Age Nationals 2014 was the boys 17-18 4 x 100 medley relay and
saw the boys finishing a very respectable 11th.
With the swimming out of the
way for the week it was time for a little fun. The team went for a
late dinner to the Outback Steakhouse followed by more competitive
fun at laser challenge!
A special mention must go to
Emma Smithson who was
to have her Age Nationals debut with an impressive 3 individual
swims. Unfortunately Emma injured herself in the week of departure
which necessitated her withdrawing from the trip. The team sadly
missed her but know that she will be there bigger and stronger
representing Surrey Park next year.
Special mentions also to those
other first time qualifiers, William He, Alice Mason and Georgina
Shugg. Probably the biggest meet that these guys have ever
experienced and a great effort by all.
Sadly, there are three
farewells from the Age Nationals scene. Next year Lachlan McLeish,
Evan Tsirapidis and Sam Warrick will be "too old". Wishing them the
best of luck for the future in Open
I personally would also like
to thank the swimmers for a great week! They were a great
bunch of well mannered kids, a credit to the parents; and only
the occasional "clean up your room" was
Raelene McLeish, Team