CY's swimmers making fast start for state bid
IT'S always a good sign when the head coach is "very happy'' with his team's early season progress.
But for CYMS St Edmund's mentor Steve Critoph, two recent meets have been especially satisfying.
His talented group has impressed in Toowoomba and Brisbane, providing a positive foundation for next month's state championships.
"It was how fast everyone was swimming given the time of year and the amount of work that they are doing at the moment,'' Critoph said.
"They are in a period of hard training and they are still swimming faster than probably what you would normally expect.''
In their latest competition in Toowoomba, CY's swimmers contested 42 events and recorded 28 personal bests, collecting two gold, four silver and four bronze medals.
"Our senior swimmers have continued to perform above expectation each time they race,'' Critoph said.
"It is extremely difficult to maintain peak performance each time you race yet our swimmers have managed to achieve this and even improve on their PBs.''
Julian Cruice, the club's youngest competitor, swam two PB's and won a bronze medal.
Not to be outdone by his younger brother, Will Cruice swam five PB's, including a massive 10 second improvement in his 100m breaststroke.
That time qualified him for the Junior Mets in March.
Dakota Norbury qualified for two events at Junior Mets despite recovering from recent illness.
Older brother Trae recorded two PB's and won a silver medal.
Ryan Verrenkamp had a massive day with six PB's, including a nine second improvement in the 100m backstroke.
After a pleasing Senior Mets competition, Grace Chandler, Tahnee and Britney Summerville continued to improve.
Chandler produced three personal bests from four events, including silver and bronze medals.
Tahnee had three PB's from four events, collecting one gold and a bronze medal.
Sister Britney had the perfect day with three PB's from her three events. She collected one gold and two silver medals.
The Ipswich-based club's success in Toowoomba followed the Brisbane Swimming championships the previous weekend where CY's were represented by 10 competitors. They achieved 16 PB's at the meet.
"These are arguably the highest standard provincial championships in the country so qualifying for this meet is difficult by itself,'' Critoph said.
In his last hit-out before the Pacific School Games, Aiden Tuihalangingie had a terrific workout in the 15-18 years 100m freestyle.
Still in hard training and not rested, he went within 0.4 of a second of his best time.
Tuihalangingie qualified for the final and placed fourth.
Elly Burling and Britney Summerville were successful in qualifying for their first final at this level.
Burling swam a PB in the 15 years 100m freestyle to qualify for the final. She improved in the final.
Summerville qualified for the 15 years 100m backstroke final as part of her big program of seven events. She bagged seven individual personal bests.
The other swimmers to contest the championships were Tahnee Summerville, Nat Smith, Trae Norbury, Josh McIntyre, Jordan Harton and Grace Chandler.
The next major meet will be the Gatton Multi-Distance competition on November 21. This will be the last opportunity to qualify for individual events at state championships.