Nunawading Swimmers Successful

Nunawading Swimming Club has enjoyed a week of success at the 2012 Victorian Age Swimming Championships held last week at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre.

At the Championships, the Club’s swimmers won 67 medals including 25 gold, 22 silver and 20 bronze in an outstanding display of speed swimming. The Club finished in second place on the club point score behind the strong Melbourne Vicentre club.

Leading the charge for Nunawading was Mitcham resident Nicholas Groenewald who won 6 individual gold medals, 3 silver medals and 1 bronze medal. Nicholas won gold medals in the 100m and 200m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 100m butterfly and the 200m and 400m individual medley.  At the conclusion of the Championships, Nicholas was named as the Male 14 year old Swimmer of the Meet by Swimming Victoria.

A further four swimmers won 2 gold medals each.  Alanis Olesch-Byrne won gold in the 15 year girls 100m butterfly and 200m backstroke events, Jack Currie won gold in the 15 year boys 50m and 100m freestyle events, Mikayla Smith won gold in the 13 year girls 100m and 200m breaststroke and Liam Fisk won gold in the 15 year boys 200m Individual medley and the 100m breaststroke, where he finished equalled first for the gold medal with team mate Elijah Martin in a very exciting race.

Elliot Rogerson won gold in the boys 12 years 200m freestyle, Kimberley McDonald won her first state title winning gold in the girls 17-18 years 200m breaststroke, Libby Forbes won gold in the girls 17-18 years 100m breaststroke and Stephanie Moore won gold in the girls 15 years 100m breaststroke.

The relay events at the Championships are very exciting and Nunawading swimmers performed remarkably well to win 6 gold medals in the relays against many other strong clubs from across metropolitan and country Victoria.

The Clubs open swimmers are currently preparing for the 2012 Victorian Open Championships to be held at MSAC from the 13 to 15 January 2012.  With the Olympic Swimming Trials to be held in March 2012, Nunawading swimmers including Olympians Ashley Delaney and Michael Klim will compete against many of the best swimmers from around the country as they all prepare for the Trials.

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