Swimmers medal at Country Regionals

Tumut Swimming Club competitors Kian Knight, Edward Dodds and William Smith did their club and region proud at the Swimming NSW Country Regionals at Griffith Aquatic Centre on Saturday and Sunday.

Tumut Swimming Club sent three swimmers to the Swimming NSW Country Regionals at Griffith Aquatic Centre on Saturday and Sunday, with Edward Dodds, Kian Knight and William Smith doing their region and club proud. 

Edward was competing up in age, with the 16-year-old coming up against the likes of James Mooney and other well-credentialed swimmers.

Still, the Tumut swimmer managed a second in the 100m freestyle, swimming 55.88 to finish second to Mooney. 

Edward also medalled in the 50m backstroke, swimming 30.04 to finish third, while he finished fourth in the 50m butterfly, swimming 27.69 and seventh in the 100m butterfly, registering 1:05.85.

Kian Knight’s breakout season continued, with the 13-year-old finishing second in the 50m breaststroke, swimming 39.8, and second in the 100m breaststroke, swimming 1:28.87 to record a 4.64-second personal best. 

In a big meet for the young swimmer, Kian competed in six individual events, swimming personal bests in each race, while also finishing inside the top 10 in the 50m butterfly when registering 36.11 and the 100m freestyle, swimming 1:12.57. 

Will Smith was also very competitive in the under 14s age group, swimming seven times and finish inside the top 10 on each occasion. 

The Batlow swimmer went agonisingly close to a medal in the 50m backstroke, finishing fourth and swimming a 1.08 second personal best when clocking 34.61.

Smith actually swum personal bests in every event, finishing 5th in the 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke, sixth in the 50m freestyle, seventh in the 100m freestyle and eighth in the 100m butterfly.  

Tumut swimmers Kade Knight and Lillian Holtorf, swimming with the Wagga Swim Club, also had a big meet.

A 17-year-old Kade swum in nine races, recording two personal bests and winning three gold medals. 

Kade won the 200m butterfly, swimming 2:18.88, the 50m breaststroke in a personal best time of 32.06 and the 100m breaststroke in a personal best time of 1:09.99.

The Tumut swimmer also finished second in the 100m butterfly when recording 59.47, second in the 200m individual medley, swimming 2:15.87 and third in the 400 freestyle, clocking 4:23.38.

Lillian was another swimmer with a big meet, swimming eight times and recording one personal best and six top 10 finishes. 

While just missing out on a medal, Lillian finished fourth in the 200m freestyle when swimming 2:22.43 and fourth in the 100m freestyle when swimming 1:04.68. 

With Country Regionals over, local swimmers will continue training ahead of bigger and better events earlier this year.

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