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Sydney Esat School Swimming Report 29-30th March 2006

Matt Spence, Andrew Kennedy, Jack Cullen and Elise Newman attended the Secondary Schools meet on 29 March. Whilst official results are not yet available we are happy to report that Andrew Kennedy finished in 1st or 2nd position in all his events and swam 2 PB's on the day. Matt Spence also swam 2 PB's on the day and finished 3rd in the 100m Back which will see him joining Andrew at State next week. Matt was also a member of Woolooware High School's 1st placed 14 yr boys relay team. Jack and Elise were there representing Endeavour and Port Hacking High Schools and we will report on their results when they become available.

On 30 March our younger swimmers attended to Sydney East Primary Schools meet.

 The huge news of the day is that 8 yr old Joel Walker has broken the 8 yr 50n Free record -  a record which has stood for 12 years!

Joel then joined Jack Harrison in the Gymea Bay Junior relay team which qualified in 2nd fastest place for the final. Izaak Smith won the 10 yr 50m Free and Fly in PB swims and came 2nd in the 10 yr 50m Breast. Kurtis Smith qualified 8th fastest for the 8 yr boys 50m Free final. Nicholas Jackson swam a PB 37.97 50m Free and Rebecca Kennedy came 4th in the 11 yr girls 50m Breast and 7th in the 11 yr girls 50m Back. Taylah Felice swam in the 12 yr girls relay from Lilli Pilli PS.

This report willl be updated when full results become available.


hampionship Night No 1 Report - 25th March 2006

What a fantastic night. 57 swimmers attended and amassed an amazing  32 freestyle, 44 Breaststroke and 26 IM PB's. he results were incredible as heat after heat swam out of their skins - wow - our kids really do like ribbons and certificates!

8 records were broken on the night. Alex Cox broke his own 50m Breaststroke mark. The duel between Alex and Andrew Kennedy saw Andrew go on to break all 3 13 yr old records on offer on the night - one of them being the existing 50m Freestyle mark which was lowered from 29.34 to 27.69! Izaak Smith swam 3 PB's on the night and set a new record in the 9 yr 50m Breast. Nicholas Garland lowered the 8 yr old Breaststroke record by .01 sec! Jedd Felice had a scorcher where he chased Izaak  down the pool in their 8/9 Free event and finished by breaking the 8 yr 50m Free record in a sensational 35.28. Kurtis Smith broke the 7 yr old Breast record. This record, which withstood quality challengers for 5 yrs -  has now been broken 3 times by 3 different swimmers in the last 9 months!

But it was not just about record breakers on the night. There was real movement on the Top 5 list and we hope to publish this on the website soon. The following all swam 100% PB's - Anna Boland, Kyle Druery, Barbara Efremova, Jedd Felice, Hannah Goman, Rebecca Kennedy, Cameron Libro, Rohan Hurst, Nicholas Jackson, Luke Macauley and Kurtis Smith.

The following swimmers swam 2 PB's on the night - Izaak Smith, Cassandra Blake, Belinda Bertovic, Alex Beilby, William Boland, Curtley Duncan, Aidan Fisher, Sheldon Fisher, Nicholas Garland, Taleisha Garland, Grace Goman, Andrew Kennedy, Ross Hickman, Jack Macauley, Jeremy Pagluica, Matt Spence, Joel Walker, Nicholas Wiles and Timothy Weston.

A special congratulations to Anna Boland and Matt Spence for returning to the IM event, and also to Rebecca Kennedy for 3 huge PB's including swimming her first ever 33 in Freestyle. It was also nice to see Sean McFarlane-Bentley back in the pool on a club night.


Club Night report - 17th March 2006

The 2 weeks off has certainly allowed our swimmers to recharge their batteries and come back firing, Tonight our swimmers swam 16 Fly PB's, 22 Backstroke PB's and 21 Freestyle PB's.

Congratulations to the following swimmers who swam a 100% PB rate on the night - Tim Boland, Aidan Fisher, Sheldon Fisher, Ross Hickman, Anton Nikulin, Jeremy Pagluica, Adam Verrender and Nicholas Wiles.

2 PB's on the night were swum by Josh Antonich, Nicole Bertovic, Curtley Duncan, Jedd Felice, Taylah Felice, Ebony Green, Rohan Hurst, Nicholas Jackson, Rebecca Kennedy, Hayden Lohman, Tyler Nott, Amy Walker, Joel walker and Harrison Wiles.

Speedo Sprint Finals

Last weekend Jack Cullen, Kyle Druery, Barbara Efremova, Jedd Felice, Andrew Kennedy, Elise Newman and Izaak Smith attended the Speedo Sprint State Finals at SOPAC.

All our swimmers enjoyed the morning heats and swam well in a very strong field of competitors.

Izaak and Andrew then stayed to compete in the grand finals in the afternoon.  Izaak had a wonderful meet with 3 very exciting races finishing with silver medals in both his 50m freestyle and butterfly and a bronze medal in his 50m breaststroke. Andrew swam a great 50m backstroke PB finishing 2nd for the silver medal.

Jedd and Elise were both placed just outside the top ten and were therefore reserves for their breaststroke finals. Elise managed to leave Homebush and get to Penrith just in time to get in her Kayak and compete at the national titles where she then went on to win gold!!! She then hurried back (to the airconditioning!) just in case she got a swim in the finals.  Unfortunately neither she or Jedd got their finals swim.


Summer Metropolitan Championships SOPAC 4-5 March 2006

Andrew Kennedy, Rebecca Kennedy, Elise Newman and Sherrie Eadie competed at these championships. (Matt Spence was entered but unable to compete due to injury).

To qualify to swim at this meet is an achievement in itself and we congratulate all our swimmers who made the qualifying times. Unfortunately, due to  NSW Surf Championship commitments, a few of our team were unable to attend the meet.

There were some great swims by our swimmers. The biggest achievement was Andrew Kennedys huge 4 sec PB in his 200m freestyle event in which he swam another National Age qualifying time. Andrews butterfly also continues to improve with a 4 sec L/C PB.

Elise Newman had a great start to her day when she swam a huge 3 sec PB in her 100m breaststroke and then dashed away to compete at Kayaking championships. Sherrie Eadie continued her good run and received a silver (freestyle) and a bronze (breaststroke) medal in the MD events. Rebecca Kennedy, who qualified for 3 events which is a great achievement, swam close to her long course PBs.

We would also like to thank Terry who gave up his weekend to be at Homebush to support  our swimmers.


Club Night Report 24th February 2006

Once again, we had a quieter night than usual. Many of our swimmers are in the final preparations for the State Surf Lifesaving Championships and we have seen little of them!

Please Note that, due to these Championships being held in Cronulla over the first 2 weekends in March and the impossible parking situation it will cause, club nights will not resume until Friday March 17th

Tonight was the second last Pointscore night of the season and our swimmers swam 21 Breaststroke PBs, 20 IM PBs and 8 Freestyle PBs. 100% PBs were achieved by Kyle Druery and Adam Verrender. These 2 boys have been swimming some sensational times week after week.

2 PBs were swum by Anton Nikulin, Kelly Hickman, Izaak Smith, Taylah Felice, Travis Jemmeson, Harrison Wiles, Ebony Green, Nicole Bertovic, Aidan Fisher, Belinda Bertovic, Tim Weston, Tyler Nott, Aidan Hurst, Joel Walker, Anna Boland and Lachlan Hurst. Congratulations to all these swimmers.

Special mentions go to Hayden Lohman, who swam a 7 sec PB in his 100m IM even though he had just stepped off the bus after being at camp all week, and to Izaak Smith who breaststroked his way into the Top 5 list as well as swimming  a PB in his  200m IM

Also, welcome back to Amy Walker after a bout of pneumonia and a visit to hospital and to Katelyn Kishawi who has just been busy :)

We are getting some wonderful feedback on our swimmers results at their school swimming carnivals. We will try and compile a special report on your achievements for the next newsletter.

District Development Meet Sans Souci 25th February 2006

Tim Boland, Anna Boland, William Boland, Kelly Hickman, Ross Hickman, Sherrie Eadie and Sheldon Fisher represented our club at this meet. Our swimmers had a very successful afternoon winning 6 Gold, 6 silver and 7 Bronze medals.

Sheldon Fisher had a dream start to his competitive swimming career winning 4 medals from 4 swims! Congratulations to Tim Boland and Ross Hickman who were each awarded Level 1 certificates in I event.


Speedo Heats Report Saturday 18th February 2006

A team of 17 swimmers represented our club at this meet. They were Kurtis Smith, Jedd Felice, Jack Harrison, Kyle Druery, Ross Hickman, Nicholas Jackson, Rebecca Kennedy, Izaak Smith, Anna Boland, Kelly Hickman, Tim Boland, Matt Spence, Jack Cullen, Cameron Libro, Barbara Efremova, Elise Newman and Andrew Kennedy.

Our swimmers had a great afternoon with 7 going through to the State Finals in March Jedd, Kyle, Izaak, Jack, Andrew, Barbara and Elise. Izaak was our most successful swimmer of the day winning the 9 yr 50m Free and Breast, 2nd in the 9 yr 50m Fly by (.02 of a second!) and 3rd in the 9yr 50m Back.

Congratulations to all our swimmers for the wonderful support they gave each other on the day. There were some amazing PBs eg Kyle (50m Fly), Jedd (50m Free and Breast), Barbara (50m Back), Andrew (50m Fly), Jack Harrison (50m Back), Jack Cullen (50m Breast), Tim (50m Free), Elise (50m Breast) and maybe the most notable of all PBs, Izaak (50m Breast).


Club Night Report 17th February 2006

A smaller turnout tonight meant an early finish! This was also a bonus for Tim Boland who was able to swim a time trial at the end of the evening and swim into the top 5 13 yr old 100m IM swimmers list. This was in addition to his PB swims which saw him top 5 in the 50m Back and Fly. Jack Harrison also swam PBs to make it into the top 5 8 yr olds in the Back and Fly.

Tonight our swimmers swam 13 Freestyle PBs, 13 Backstroke PBs and 16 Butterfly PBs. Congratulations to the following swimmers who swam 100% PBs on the night Jack Macauley, Tim Boland, Cameron Libro, Hayden Lohan, Jack Harrison and Adam Verrender. The following swimmers swam 2 PBs on the night Renee Druery, Curtley Duncan, Kelly Hickman, Lachlan Hurst, Anton Nikulin, Izaak Smith and Joel Walker.

We are delighted to welcome 2 new members Ebony Green and Tyler Nott.  We hope you enjoy the rest of the season with us. It was also great to have 3 visitors on the night and we hope they enjoyed themselves.

Engadine Meet Report 11th February 2006

Elise Newman, Barbara Efremova and Cameron Libro all aged 13 attended this meet. Our swimmers had a sensational day with many PB swims. Cameron and Barbara won 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.  Elise unfortunately missed out on medals as she swam faster than the Level 2 time!

SLCA Double Shot Meet Report 12th February 2006

Andrew and Rebecca Kennedy and Sherrie Eadie represented our club at this meet. It was a great format and it enabled the swimmers to have an extra hit out for those times they have been seeking to achieve. Andrew came close to achieving another 2 National qualifying times and Rebecca swam LC PBs in her 100m Free and Breast


Club Night report - 11th February 2006

Another great turn out  for club, and this time we had hot dogs at the end of it!

Tonight our swimmers swam 15 Freestyle PB's, 21 IM PB's and a huge 31 Breaststroke PB's. Congratulations to the following swimmers who swam 100% PB's on the night - Liam Bielby, Tim Boland, Curtley Duncan, Aidan Fisher, Kurtis Smith and Adam Verrender. Tim had a great night and swam into the Top 5 in the 13 yr Breast and 100m Free. Kurtis, who still has all year to go before he turns 8, swam into the top 5 (7 yr olds) 50m free. There is no club record that will be safe by the time Kurtis and big brother Izaak celebrate their next birthdays!

This was actually a huge night as we had many swimmers qualify to go up to the next distance. Our younger swimmers especially had a great evening with Harry Ashford-Cox, Renee Druery, Curtley Duncan, Aidan Fisher and Tim Weston all moving up from 12.5m to 25m in one (or more) events. New member Luke Macauley continues to improve and smashed his IM time now that he knows the sequence of strokes. Hannah Goman, who won all her events at her school swimming carnival this week, had  a sensational night with 2 huge PB's in her 50m Free and 100m IM.

2 PB's on the night were swum by William Boland, Jack Cullen, Kyle Druery, Michael Eadie, Taylah Felice, Hannah Goman, Jack Harrison, Jared Hickel, Luke Hickel, Nicholas Jackson, Travis Jemmeson, Cameron Libro, Luke Macauley, Tim Weston and Nicholas Wiles.

A highlight of the night was one of the first swims of the program where Alex Cox - one of our senior swimmers and now Junior Coach -  once again went head to head with rising star Andrew Kennedy in the 200m IM. Andrew swam a club PB and won the race!!! Gotta watch out for those ankle biters Alex - they grow up!

Welcome also to our visitors, Ebony, Tayla, Brendan and Tyler - we are so glad you enjoyed your night at swim club.

Cronulla Swim Meet Report - 4th February 2006

22 swimmers represented our club at this met. They were Joel and Amy Walker, Jedd and Taylah Felice, Timothy Weston, Alex and Liam Bielby, Jack Harrison, Kyle and Renee Druery, Nicholas Jackson, Timothy, Anna and William Boland, Cameron Libro, Kelly and Ross Hickman, Matt Spence, Andrew Kennedy, Sean McFarlane-Bentley and Izaak and Kurtis Smith.

Our swimmers had a great afternoon of swimming with the unofficial medal count at 7 Gold, 9 Silver and 7 Bronze medals. Joel Walker and Kurtis Smith (aged 7) took out the Gold and Silver in all their age events. Izaak Smith won 5 medals (2 Gold, 3 Silver). Once again their were some great PB swims. Nicholas Jackson, Jack Harrison and Liam Bielby swam great Freestyle PB's. Taylah Felice and Kelly Hickman had great Backstroke PB's. Andrew Kennedy swam a fantastic Fly PB from lane 1.

Some highlights of the meet include

 3 of our 8/9 yr old boys screaming their encouragment to Kelly so loudly during her Backstroke that we were surprised she didn't stop and tell them to sshhh!- she went on to swim a PB so it was a real team effort.

Nicholas Jackson's breastroke start was superb!

Jack Harrison winning his first ever medal - Gold - and running so fast to collect his medal that he was probably at the announcer's desk before he had finished reading his name

Alex Bielby winning 2 medals at her first swim meet, one of them in the 50m Fly which she only entered after being encouraged to do so

12/u relays had a life of their own1 Our 3 teams were SOOO excited about swimming this event. We let the kids work out their order of swimming with the "A" team changing their's about 10 times! In the end, our teams swam a fantastic race with the "A" team finishing in a hard fought 3rd position. Congratulations to all 12 of our relay swimmers - "A" Izaak, Kyle, Liam, Kelly , "B" Ross, Anna, Jedd, Nicholas, "C" Taylah, Joel, Kurtis, Jack, - for working so well together and for all their enthusiasm.

Club Night Report 3rd February 2006

Welcome back to Swim club everyone. This is such an exciting time of the year and tonight there were an enormous number of PB swims!  We would also like to welcome Jack and Luke Macauley who have joined our club after a couple of visitor swims before Christmas. Welcome back also to  Nicholas Wiles, Harrison Wiles and Adam Verrender who have all returned from their distant travels and to Cassie Blake who has returned following a lengthy break through illness.

A special mention to Sherrie Eadie who is competing at the Australian Open this week. Sherrie qualified for the 50m free final with a PB swim and also swam a PB in her 400m Freestyle.

Tonight we had 25 Butterfly PB's, 23 Backstroke PB's and 28 Freestyle PB's.  We also had our largest ever number (12) swimmers who swam 100% PB's on tthe night. They were Kyle Druery, Nicholas Wiles, Jared Hickel, Harrison Wiles, Sheldon Fisher, Kurtis Smith, Taleisha Garland, William Boland, Aidan Hurst, Belinda Bertovic and Cameron Libro. 

The following swimmers all swam 2 PB's on the night - Kelly Hickman, Liam Bielby, Jack Macauley, Brayden Antonich, Amy Walker, Renee Druery, Jeremy Pagluica, Jushua Antonich, Aidan Fisher, Curtley Duncan, Timothy Boland, Jack Cullen, Taylah Felice and Luke Macauley.

Travis Jemmeson made it onto our Top 5 for 8 yr old Butterfliers even though his arm only came out of a cast last week and he narrowly missed the backstroke Top 5. Joel Walker improved his Top 5 Free PB and Tim Boland continues his great form with a Pb swim to make him our 3rd fastest 13 yr old 50m freestyler.

Thank you again to our coach Terry Noel for his support and encouragement of our swimmers on club nights. Good luck to everyone at the Cronulla Meet.


BSC Rockdale Australia day Meet Report - 26th January 2006

Andrew and Rebecca Kennedy, Kelly and Ross Hickman, Matt Spence and Timothy Boland attended this meet. It was a great opportunity to get a LC hit out before school swimming starts and it certainly shook out some cobwebs!

Our swimmers had a great day with many LC PB's. Tim Boland had a spectacular meet recording 100% all time PB's. Andrew Kennedy (13) had a very successful day winning 1 Gold and 2 Silver medals which is impressive considering the strokes were in 13/14 dual age format. Rebecca Kennedy won 1 silver and 2 Bronze medals and Matt Spence won 1 silver and 1 Bronze medal.

Kelly and Ross swam 100% LC PB's today which is a great return to swimming after a month off over Christmas.

Goodbye Tomas

On the last day of State Tomas took the kids aside and let them know that he had decided to leave. Tomas explained to them that there were lots of things he wanted to do away from the pool and, when put this way, it is simple to understand.

Tomas fell into the role of senior coach at the tender age of 21.Since then he coached swimmers to State and National level. For many of our swimmers he has been their only coach and he will be very sadly missed. Tomas has assured us that he will continue to visit us just like Gary does and that he will come back to say goodbye to all the kids when club returns.

Terry Noel remains there for our swimmers so we still expect a huge summer season with business as usual.

Thanks for everything Tomas - just make sure you send lots of postcards!

State Championships 13-18 yrs January 2006

To date the big news is that Andrew Kennedy smashed his 200m Breast PB by 5 sec, finished in 5th place in the final, and qualified for the National Age Championships!

Andrew has also swum 8 LC PB's this week which is a fantastic achievement. One of those PB's was in the first leg of the 13/14 yrs Free relay. Andrew set the pace with a fantastic 28.8, and was then followed by Justin Riley, Matt Spence and Sean McFarlane-Bentley. This team of 13 yr olds finished with a creditable 28th placing.

On the last day of the meet Andrew and Matt were joined by Cameron Libro and Tim Boland. These 2 boys were came into the team when 2 of the original team members withdrew. There was a minor reshuffle and it was all systems go! The boys knew that their placing would not be great with a team of 13 yr olds and using 2 reserve swimmers but were all very happy to see what they could do. The result was fantastic! Cameron led out in a 36.59 PB backstroke swim, followed by Andrew and Matt with near PB swims in the Breast and Fly. Tim then swam a PB 31.4 Freestyle leg to bring us home. To their credit, the boys went in knowing they may finish dead last in the event....but they didn't!