January to March is always an extremely busy yet exciting part of the season for Redlands Swim Club and its members. Our club nights continued every fortnight allowing many of our young up and coming swimmers to practice their racing skills in a fun social environment.
In addition to several qualifying meets held around Brisbane many of our swimmers competed in seven Championship events held during this time.
In January three of our swimmers who are continuing in the sport post-school travelled interstate to the NSW Open Championships in Sydney to obtain valuable experience. Jody-Joy Davie also qualified and competed at the recent Commonwealth Games Trials which was quite an achievement.
We had 45 swimmers compete at the Brisbane Sprint Championships with 13 placing in the top 10 in Brisbane. One of our youngest members, Zoard Farkas, placed 2nd in the Freestyle, Butterfly and Breaststroke and 3rd in the Backstroke. This was followed by the Qld Sprint Championships where 18 of our swimmers competed. Jackson Murphy, Thomas Pattison and Bailey Somerville all placed in the top 10 in Qld in multiple events.
At the Junior Championships we had 23 swimmers enter. Our younger swimmers achieved seven top three placings and a further 12 in the top 10. Riley Brennan Silver 400m Free, Bronze 200m Free, Max Boultbee Bronze 400m Free and Zoard Farkas Gold 50m Breast, Gold 50m Free, Silver 50m Fly and Bronze 50m Back.
Junior Mets: Zoard Farkas, Riley Brennan, Max Boultbee, Thomas Blank, Imogen Dunstan and Thomas Pattison
22 of our Senior Swimmers competed with 49 Top 10 placings including 12 medals. Medallists were Nick Garozzo Gold 100m Back, Ben Garozzo Gold 800m Free and Silver 400m Free, Ben Goedemans Silver 800m Free, Connor Wallace Bronze 800m Free, Dom Dunstan Silver 400m IM and Bronze 200m Breaststroke, Jody-Joy Davie Silver 200m Fly, Ashleigh Eskdale Gold 200m Fly, Bailey Somerville Bronze 400m IM, Will McGregor Bronze 200m Fly, Jackson Murphy Bronze 100m Fly.
Senior Mets: Will McGregor and Dom Dunstan.
Silver Medals at Qld School Championships. Ben Goedemans 400 Free, Ben Garozzo 800 Free and Riley Brennan 400 IM.
The Australian Age Championships will be held at Sydney Olympic Park from 21 to 27 April with seven of our swimmers competing at this National Championship. They are Kai Watson, Ben Garozzo, Ben Goedemans, Connor Wallace, Jackson Murphy, Dominic Dunstan and Ashleigh Eskdale.
Two of our Multi-Class swimmers, Russell Booysen and Spencer Rabjohns have also qualified to represent Qld at the Special Olympics Australia National Games in Adelaide from 15-20 April.
Russell Booysen and Spencer Rabjohns with Coach Hayley
The Top 25 Australian Rankings for Boys and Girls from October 2017 to January 2018 were also released and we are delighted to have seven of our swimmers included in these recent rankings. They are Ben Goedemans, Jackson Murphy, Ashleigh Eskdale, Jody-Joy Davie, Dominic Dunstan, Ben Garozzo and Kai Watson. This is a wonderful achievement!
Our Club season will conclude with our Club Championships coming up in May followed by a Presentation Dinner at the Sporting Club where all our swimmers will be recognised for their wonderful achievements this season.
Wishing everyone an enjoyable and safe Easter break.