2017 Australian Age Championships


Overall Point Score and Team Selection

At the conclusion of the meet, the Nunawading team was awarded 3rd place in the overall point score.

The final night also saw the selection of the Australian team for the World Junior Championships which will be held in August in Indianapolis, USA. Congratulations to Kayla Costa and Molly Batchelor for making the team.

Well done to all Nunawading swimmers on your fantastic efforts and a successful meet.

MC Events

Nunawading swimmer Alex Kirchner stayed on to compete in the Multi-Class events which ran from Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd April. Alex continued his great form claiming 2 gold medals in the 11-14 yrs 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Well done Alex.

Day 6

The last night of finals saw the Nunawading team step up yet again with a number of athletes back on the podium.

Bowen Gough got the night underway adding a gold medal to his growing tally in the Boys 17-18yrs 200 butterfly taking out the event in 2:00.02. Bowen was joined by fellow team mate Matthew Temple in the final who finished 5th overall (4th Australian).

Kayla Costa showed her speed and strength in the girls 15yrs 100 butterfly dominating from start to finish to claim the gold medal by more than a second finishing in a time of 1:00.93.

Molly Batchelor topped off an incredible meet finishing with the Silver medal in the girls 16yrs 800m in 8:41.99 behind World Championship team member Ariarne Titmus.

To finish off the final night of the Championships Nunawading had both girls and boys 4×100 Medley relay teams up on the podium, with the girls taking bronze and the boys picking up the silver medal. Congratulations to Rosemary Addison, Mikayla Smith, Kayla Costa, Julia Hawkins, Andrew Rice, Adam Wildes, Bowen Gough and Caiden Gill

Other Finalists on night 6;
Matthew Temple – Boys 17-18yrs 200 butterfly (5th overall, 4th Australian), and 100 freestyle (10th)
Yanning Zhang – Boys 12-13 100 backstroke (6th)
Julia Hawkins – Girls 17-18yrs 100 freestyle (5th)
Caiden Gill – Boys 17-18yrs 100 freestyle (4th)
Rosemary Addison – Girls 16yrs 200 backstroke (5th over all, 4th Australian)
Hamed Afshin Azar– Boys 16yrs 200 backstroke (7th over all, 5th Australian)
Reidel Smith – Girls 14yrs 200 breaststroke (7th over all, 6th Australian)
Anna Li – Girls 14yrs 200 breaststroke (10th over all, 9th Australian)
Jack Gurrie – Boys 14yrs 200 breaststroke (4th)
Girls 18 &U 4×100 Medley relay – Shino Walsh, Sophie Caldwell, Taegen Coxhill, Ruby Pewtress (9th)
Boys 18 &U 4×100 Medley relay – Ronan Keating, Morgan Dendle, Matthew Temple, Benjamin Gough (7th)


Day 5

It was the boys turn to shine on night 5 of the Australian Age Championships as they stepped up onto the podium 4 times throughout the evening.

In one of the most thrilling events of the night where the first 5 swimmers were separated by just 0.42 seconds,  Anthony Ngo swam a great PB to touch the wall equal second to secure a silver medal in the boys 12-13yrs 100 breaststroke final.

Ryan Bicknell added a silver to his gold won earlier in the meet in a tightly fought boys 15yr old 200 breaststroke final. Ryan’s time of 2.21.31 was a 3sec PB.

Bowen Gough continued a big few weeks of racing winning a silver medal in the boys 17-18yrs 200 backstroke in 2.02.28.
Bowen was joined by Andrew Rice in the final who finished in 5th place over all (4th Australian) and;

Alex Kirchner swum under the minute for the first time in the boys 14yrs 100 backstroke final (59.69) to win a bronze medal.

Other finalists on night 5;

Hamed Afshin Azar– Boys 16yrs 100 fly (6th over all, 5th Australian) and 200IM (6th)
Jack Gurrie– Boys 14yrs 400IM (10th over all, 9th Australian)
Keilani Trewavis– Girls 15yrs 200brst (7th)
Molly Batchelor- Girls 16yrs 200IM (5th over all, 4th Australian)
Brendon Smith– Boys 16yrs 200IM (4th)
Sophie Caldwell– Girls 17-18yrs 800 free (6th)
Boys 14/under 4 x 50 free relay- Alex Kirchner, Anthony Ngo, Ernest Chow, Yanning Zhang (8th)

Tonight (Friday) is the last day of the 2017 Australian Championships, with the multi class section of the meet concluding on Saturday.

We wish all Nunawading athletes the best of luck in their final swims.

Day 4

On night 4 of finals the Nunawading team won a further three individual and 2 relay medals, continuing a successful Age Championships for the group.

Molly Batchelor was again on the podium winning a silver medal in the girls 16yrs 200 free final. In what has been an extremely successful first major meet as a Nunawading athlete, Molly’s time of 2.00.31 was a PB by over 3 seconds.

In one of the closest races of the meet where 0.77sec separated 1st and 4th place, Bowen Gough picked up a silver medal in the boys 17-18yrs 100 fly in 53.48, just 0.02sec behind the gold medalist. Matthew Temple placed 4th in the same race in 54.23.

To win her first individual medal of the meet, Sophie Caldwell swam a great 4sec pre-meet PB to place 3rd in girls 17-18yrs 200IM in 2.17.27.

To finish off the evening, the boys and girls 4 x 200 free relay teams both raced to bronze medal wins. Congratulations to Sophie Caldwell, Molly Batchelor, Kayla Costa, Julia Hawkins, Caiden Gill, Bowen Gough, Matthew Temple and Brendon Smith.

Other finalists on night 4;

Alex Kirchner– Boys 14yrs 50 free (5th over all, 4th Australian)
Keilani Trewavis– Girls 15yrs 400IM (4th)
James McBride– Boys 15yrs 400IM (9th)
Anna Li– Girls 14yrs 100 brst (7th over all, 6th Australian)
Reidel Smith– Girls 14yrs 100 brst (10th over all, 9th Australian)
Jack Gurrie– Boys 14yrs 100 brst (7th)
Girls 18/u 4 x 200 free ”B” team- Ruby Pewtress, Lily Hall, Taegen Coxhill, Rosemary Addison (10th)
Boys 18/u 4 x 200 free ”B” team- Ben Gough, Andrew Rice, Dylan Knight, Elliot Rogerson (9th)

Day 3

15 year old Ryan Bicknell started the third night of competition off on a golden note as he raced to victory in the boys 15yrs 100 breaststroke. Ryan’s 1.05.38 was a stand out swim on a night where the Nuna team picked up 5 medals.

Brendon Smith continued his excellent run of form at the meet winning his second silver medal in the boys 16yrs 400IM in a PB time of 4.32.26.

Not to be outdone by her little brother, Mikayla Smith fought off a fast finishing challenger over the last 50 meters of the 17-18yrs 200 breaststroke final to claim her second silver medal of the meet in a time. Her time of 2.32.97 was just 0.05sec ahead of the 3rd place swimmer.

Hamed Afshin Azar swam a big PB in the boys 16yrs 100 backstroke to finish in 57.91 and win a bronze medal as 3rd Australian.

In the boys 14yrs/under 4 x 50 medley relay, Alex Kirchner stormed home over the final freestyle leg to get the boys team up into the bronze medal position. Alex was joined by Yanning Zhang, Anthony Ngo and Ernest Chow in the medal winning team.

Other finalists on night 3;

Rosemary Addison– Girls 16yrs 100 back (9th over all, 8th Australian)
Hamed Afshin Azar– Boys 16yrs 400IM (7th over all, 6th Australian)
Sam Willgoose– Boys 16yrs 100 back (7th over all, 6th Australian)
Adam Wildes–  Boys 17-18yrs 200 breaststroke (9th)
Kayla Costa– Girls 15yrs 50 free (10th over all, 9th Australian)
Boys 16/u 4 x 100 free relay- Brendon Smith, Hamed Afshin Azar, Dylan Knight, Sam Willgoose (10th)

Day 2

Night two of finals saw the Nunawading team earn 5 more medals on another successful night.

The 18yrs and under freestyle relay teams were in action at the end of the evening, with both teams picking up a silver medal.

In the boys event Caiden Gill stormed home making up almost 2sec over the last 100m to finish just 0.13sec behind Saint Peters Western. Congratulations to Matthew Temple, Andrew Rice, Bowen Gough and Caiden Gill for their silver medal winning effort.

Not to be outdone the girls team of Julia Hawkins, Molly Batchelor, Kayla Costa and Sophie Caldwell also picked up a silver medal in their relay event.

In individual events, Molly Batchelor added to her gold from night one winning a silver medal in the 16yrs 400 free final. Racing World Championship qualifier Ariarne Titmus, Molly’s time of 4.09.23 was a PB by almost 8 seconds, a great effort.

Kayla Costa also swam a big PB on the night. Her 2.17.18 in the girls 15yrs 200 fly final was 4 seconds faster than her entry time and earned her a silver medal.

The final medal winner on the evening was Brendon Smith who won a bronze medal in the Boys 16yrs 400 free final in a time of 4.02.35.

Finalists on night 2 were;

Alex Kirchner– Boys 14yrs 200 back (5th)
Julia Hawkins– Girls 17-18yrs 100 back (7th over all, 6th Australian)
Andrew Rice (4th) and Bowen Gough (5th) Boys 17-18yrs 100 back
Sophie Caldwell– 17-18yrs 400IM (4th)
Hamed Afshin Azar– 16yrs 100 brst (7th)

Day 1

The first night of finals of the Australian Age Championships began with great success at the Nunawading team won 5 individual medals.

Molly Batchelor claimed her first medal of the meet storming to a gold medal in the Girls 16yrs 100 free final in time of 55.64.
Caiden Gill won the second gold of the evening with his 23.07 time in the Boys 17-18yrs 50 free final securing him a place on top of the podium.

Siblings Brendon and Mikayla Smith both won silver medals on the night with Brendon’s coming in the 16yrs 200 fly (2.06.06) and Mikayla’s in the Girls 17-18yrs 100 breaststroke (1.10.16)

Julia Hawkins was our 5th medal winner of the evening winning a silver in a closely raced 17-18yrs 50 free final. Julia’s 25.97 was just 0.05sec behind the gold medal winner.

Other finalists on night one were;
Andrew Rice (8th) and Matthew Temple (10th) Boys 17-18yrs 50 free
Anthony Ngo- Boys 12-13yrs 200 brst (4th)
Sophie Caldwell- Girls 17-18yrs 400 free (7th)