Shaun Champion and Emily Washer raced strongly in Melbourne. The 3 day meet offered many opportunities to practice skills and improve race plans. Both Shaun and Em made substantial improvements from heats to finals each day. Learning from their heat swim and applying themselves more effectively in finals. It sounds pretty simply in theory to make these changes in your process however under pressure it is very difficult. It was very pleasing to see them both present and determined to be better. Em came away with a bonus, a Bronze medal in the 50 fly.
Last Sunday we kicked off the Long course season at the SMNE Summer Distance Meet. Team ABB was well represented by 16 swimmers competing in 27 individual events. This was the first chance for those that had been on camp to show the work they had put in over the holidays at Camp in Nelson Bay. Great to see Team ABB challenging themselves throughout the day. With a number of swimmers racing different events for the first time. The swimmers showed how that had progressed themselves in their early season training, applying themselves to the numerous areas that they have been working on in the training pool.
Holly and Grace swam at the School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Melbourne 27-31 July. Grace made the final and placed 6th in the 15-16yrs 200IM. Holly claimed silver in both the 15-16yrs 50 Fly and 16yrs 50 Free. Great job girls!
Australia’s best open swimmers are competing for a place on the National team for the World Championships. The Brisbane Aquatic Centre is hosting aquatic visitors from around the country, including a small team from Abbotsleigh.