St Edmund's impress with swag of medals and fast times
A TEAM of CYMS St Edmunds swimmers have gained a confidence boost for the Brisbane championships in August.
The St Edmund's contingent impressed with 18 medals and a spate of personal bests at the ACT titles.
Eleven members of the swim club were joined by two fellow St Edmund's students for the competition at the Australian Institute of Sport pool in Canberra.
"There was a huge air of anticipation as most swimmers had not competed since the end of school swimming back in March,'' coach Stephen Critoph said.
"After a day of travelling, with many enjoying their first flight and a visit to Questacon, our swimmers hit the pool on Saturday, ready for a solid two days of competition.
"What happened then could best be described as amazing.
"From the first event it was obvious that all swimmers had come ready to race, as the PBs began to be shattered in each event, not just in little bits, but in huge amounts.''
Josh McIntyre took 18 seconds off his best 200m backstroke effort.
Aiden Tuihalalangingie improved his personal best by 10 seconds in the 100m backstroke.
Brittany Summerville took six seconds off her previous best in the 100m freestyle.
"The results were outstanding over the weekend, contesting 80 events and recording 71 PBs (88%),'' the new St Edmund's coach said.
St Edmund's swimmers won seven gold, six silver and five bronze medals.
Hayden Rae, 16, led the way winning three gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
Ryan Smith, 15, claimed two gold and three silver medals.
Gold medals were also won by Harrison Rae, 14, and 15-year-old Aiden Tuihalaningie.
Brittany Summerville, 12, won a silver medal.
Tom Gray, 11, and Bethany Smith, 13, collected bronze medals.
Critoph said most pleasing was that all 13 swimmers qualified for the Brisbane Short Course Championships in August.
Seven swimmers qualified for the Queensland Short Course championships in September.
State qualifiers were Hayden Rae, Max Roche, Dylan Smith, Nat Smith, Ryan Smith, Brittany Summerville and Aiden Tuihalalangingie.
These swimmers will join state qualifiers Lachlan Bilyj (five events), Tom Gray (4), Harrison Rae (3), Beth Smith, Tahnee Summerville and Josh McIntyre at the Brisbane Short Course Championships.