Swimmers off to state

Kade Knight and Lilly Holtorf (pictured) will join Tumut’s Eddie Dodds and Batlow’s Will Smith in Sydney this weekend for the 2022 NSW Senior State Age Swimming Championships.

The 2022 NSW Senior State Age Swimming Championships dived off on Thursday at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, with the big meet set to go through until Tuesday.

Four local swimmers will make their way to Sydney for the state’s premier event too, with Tumut trio Lillian Holtorf, Kade Knight and Eddie Dodds joining Batlow swimmer Will Smith.

Eddie Dodds of Tumut Swimming Club kick-started his campaign on Thursday, finishing 11th in the 100m freestyle, swimming 54.79, which beat his entry time of 55.16.

The 16-year-old still has his pet event, the 50m freestyle ahead of him, with the heats to be swam today. 

The young speedster will also contest the 50m backstroke today and the 100m backstroke tomorrow.  

Kade Knight, who isn’t known for his sprinting, commenced his state titles on Thursday, swimming a sharp 25.67 in the 50m freestyle to finish 30th and he also took on the 100m breaststroke, swimming 1:09.18 to finish fifth in his heat.

The 17-year-old Wagga Swimming Club member has a big meeting in store and takes on the 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle today and tomorrow he swims in the 400m individual medley and 200m breaststroke.

On Sunday Kade contests the 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley and on Monday he will swim in the 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle. 

Rounding out an action-packed meeting, Kade swims in the 200m butterfly and 100m freestyle on Tuesday. 

Lillian Holtorf is also in for a big meeting, competing in seven events across the meet.

On Thursday, Lilly swam 1:05.19 in her 100m freestyle before managing a top-20 finish in the 200m butterfly, swimming 2:43.27 to finish 19th. 

The Wagga Swim Club member’s busiest day is today though, with the 17-year-old taking on the 400m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.

The on Monday, Lilly contests the 200m freestyle, and on Tuesday the 100m butterfly.

Batlow’s William Smith isn’t in action until Sunday when taking on the splash and dash 50m freestyle event.

The 14-year-old, who swims with Tumut Swimming Club, is competing at his first NSW State Senior State Age Championship and he will take on other 13 and 14-years swimmers when he enters the event with a best time of 27.47.

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