16 December 2017
Age championship wrap up!
Though well covered on Facebook throughout the event by coaches Gus and Jack, we thought we’d take the opportunity to wrap up and summarise Swimming Victoria’s biggest Age based event on the season calendar.
Conducted over six days between the 10th & 15th December 2017, the age championship is a test of speed and endurance as the swimmers not only battle competitors in morning heats followed by night finals, there are early starts and late finishes and the ever-changing elements and conditions in which they compete. The swimmers endured cold days, extreme heat and a pool malfunction that delayed one night’s finals until very late into the evening.
The Flyers were well represented by 13 female swimmers Hope Backx, Tegan Backx, Bella Dew, Helena Herman, Charlee Lycett, Lauren McCauley, LilidhRuth McDonald, Mia Miles, Lily Newman, Charlotte Simmons, Cordelia Sweeney, Katrina Ward & Mia Yeo and 7 male competitors William Bowden, Jackson Lazzar, Ryan Longden, Logan Marshall, Brayden Miles, Callum Miles & Timothy Nguyen across all strokes and distances and a range of relay swims.
With the changing of time the Flyers familiar names of Howgate, Waterfall & Howe have been replaced by a new generation keen to retain the Flyers tradition of a top ten Victorian points finish and they didn’t let coaches Gus and Jack down.
There were many swimmers competing in their first LC Age championships, lots of PB’s, some inspiring relay swims and numerous finalists and medallists. The Flyers Club finished 10th overall on aggregate points and 9th Victorian club which is a great effort and congratulations go to coaches Gus and Jack considering the changing demographic of the club.
While points and medals are great, it is important to acknowledge the PB’s of our swimmers and make mention of some great and courageous efforts over the week. Two of our swimmers Jackson & Charlotte returned from a heavy & successful week of competition at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide in the week prior to Age Championships and it was a mighty effort for them to return and to compete so well for the club. Helena Herman is a great improver who goes from strength to strength and backed up her short course & sprints performance by reaching another state final in the 100 fly. Mia Miles provided the biggest shock of the meet in the 11&U 100 backstroke swimming a huge PB and making the state final at only 9 years of age.
Flyers relay Teams
Girls 12 & U 200 medley: LiliydhRuth, Bella, Mia Y & Lily.
Girls 12 & U 200 free: LiliydhRuth, Bella, Mia Y & Lily.
Girls 14 & U 200 medley: Hope, Helena, Charlee & Lauren.
Girls 14 & U 200 free: Hope, Helena, Charlee & Lauren.
Girls 16 & U 400 medley: Katrina, Cordilia, Charlotte & Tegan. Girls 16 & U 400 free: Katrina, Cordilia, Charlotte & Lauren. Boys 14 & U 200 medley: Brayden, Logan, Ryan & William.
Boys 14 & U 200 free: Brayden, Logan, Ryan & William.
PB swims (non-finalists)
Hope Backs 100 free, Bella Dew 50 free, Helena Herman 50 free, Ryan Londen 200 IM, Lauren McAuley 200 free, LilidhRuth McDonald 200 back, Callum Miles 100 back & 200 free, Mia Miles 200 back, Timothy Nguyen 400 free, Charlotte Simmons 200 back & Mia Yeo 50 free & 200 back.
State Individual Finalists (top 10 finish)
William Bowden (14): 1500 free 9th, 400 free 8th.
Helena Herman (13): 100 fly 9th.
Jackson Lazzar (15): 200 back 4th, 200IM 4th, 100 fly 5th
Ryan Londen (13): 200 free 9th, 100 free 8th, 50 free 10th
Logan Marshall (14): 100 breast 9th, 200 breast 5th
Lauren McAuley (14): 800 free 7th
Mia Miles (9): 100 backstroke 10th
Timothy Nguyen (11): 200IM 6th, 200 fly 7th, 200 back 6th
Charlotte Simmons (15): 100 free 10th, 100 back 7th,
State Individual medallists (top 3 finish)
Jackson Lazzar (15) 5 x medals
2 x Gold – 400 freestyle & 200 freestyle
3 x Bronze – 100 freestyle, 200 butterfly & 400 IM
Ryan Longden (13) 2 x medals
1 x Silver – 100 butterfly
1 x Bronze – 200 butterfly
Lauren McAuley (14) 1 x medal
1 x Silver – 400 freestyle
Brayden Miles (13) 9 x medals
6 x Gold – 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 400 freestyle & 800 freestyle
3 x Silver – 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle & 200 IM.
Swimming Victoria Awards - Brayden Miles
# 1 - Swimming Victoria 13YO Male Age Champion
# 2 - Swimming Victoria Henry (Hicks) B-Ive trophy winner for 13&U best swimmer across all strokes and highest aggregate points scorer