The Tumut Swimming Club will send five swimmers to Sydney today as the first day of the 2020 NSW Country Championships dives off the blocks.
Competing at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Eddie and Andy Dodds, Jacob Ambrose, Duncan Smallwood and Daniel Castle will be in action, competing in individual and relay events.
Eddie, Andy, Daniel and Duncan make up the formidable 4x50m freestyle and medley relay team and Eddie is expecting a competitive showing.
“We are definitely aiming to go as close to a top 10 finish as possible but mainly we all want to swim personal bests,” he said.
“It should be good fun and hopefully we can swim some fast times.”
Eddie will also be busy in individual events, competing in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle and the 100m and 200m backstroke races.
Eddie is primarily known as a sprinter and is currently pushing hard to qualify for nationals.
“I would say the 50m freestyle is my best event,” he said.
“Every time I go to Sydney, I want to break personal bests but there is added pressure this year to make the qualifying time for nationals.
The 14-year-old currently has a 50m freestyle personal best of 26.82 and needs to break 26.46 in order to achieve a national qualifying time.
“At the moment I would be pushing for a top-ten finish but if I can get my time down to the low 26s, I could push for a medal,” he said.
“I really want that national qualifying time.”
Additionally, Smallwood has four individual events on the cards and will be swimming in the 50m freestyle and the 100m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events.
Ambrose, who has been swimming well at Southern Inland Swimming Association events, is also busy with individual events.
The 14-year-old takes on swimmers in the 100m freestyle and butterfly and 200m freestyle and butterfly events.
TSC coach Max Hargreaves was happy to have a strong contingent of Tumut swimmers on show
“We haven’t had this many swimmers going away for Country Champs for a while and in recent memory, we haven’t sent two relay teams away,” he said.
“It’s a really good result for a small town like Tumut”
In addition to Tumut Swim Club members, Tumut swimmers Kade Knight and Lillian Holtorf will also be in action at the NSW Country Championships, representing Wagga Swim Club.
Lillian will compete in the 15-16 age group and will line up in the 100m freestyle and backstroke, 200m backstroke and in the 4x50m freestyle relay.
Kade Knight has a huge card of swimming with the 16-year-old qualified for 14 events across the three days.
Competing in the 15-16 years age group, Knight will contest the 50m, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle, 100m and 200m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m and 200m breaststroke, 200m and 400m individual medley and the 4x50m freestyle and medley relays.