Dominant displays by Sharks in the pool

  • Cutting through the water: Talia Thompson performs during the Schroders Spring Long Course Age Group Championships

The Sharks Swim Club continued their dominance in the pool as they not only broke records but also claimed five of the eight high points winner titles, as well as high points for individual swims, at the Schroders Spring Long Course Age Group Championships.

Luke Horan claimed the 10-and-under boys, Imojen Judd the 11-12 girls, Giulio Ligori the 11-12 boys, Logan Watson-Brown the 15 and over girls and Brian Desmond the 15-and-over boys at the aquatics facility at the National Sports Centre last weekend.

Watson-Browne also claimed the girls prize for the swim with the highest points with her 100-metres freestyle swim, and Desmond claimed the highest points swim for boys in the 1,500 freestyle.

Desmond broke the national 1,500 freestyle record in a time of 17min 11.98sec, taking 9.17 off his previous personal best.

There was great excitement in the pool as a number of additional swimmers met the qualifying standard for CCCAN selection.

These included Jaedyn Judd, Giulio Ligori, and the twins Flynn and Harlan Watson-Brown. They join Elijah Daley, Bella Howes, Imojen Judd, Daria Desmond, Elan Daley, Taylor White, Keagan Woolley, Brian Desmond, Logan Watson-Brown, Gaby Pitman, Skyler Powell, Adam Young, Jesse Washington, and Madelyn Moore who had already qualified for selection.

Howes managed to achieve an AAAA time in the 50 freestyle in a time of 28.39, thereby winning the event in the 11-12 girls category.

Nicki Horan, the Sharks president, said: “Our swimmers continue to excel in the pool, not only in terms of achieving qualifying times, but also achieving personal bests.

“Each step forward should be celebrated, whether it be a qualifying time, or swimming a new event.

“I am really proud of all of our swimmers. Special thanks must go to the sponsors, Schroders, as well as all the parents and volunteers that make these events possible.”