Waterworx swimmers set PBs
WITH no Olympic Games berths up for grabs, the national age swimming championships at Chandler may have lacked the high pressure atmosphere of the recent Australian open titles.
But for Waterworx club swimmers, the focus was the same.
With no Olympic fairytale this time, the drive was the desire to do better.
"All of them swam well," coach Paul Sansby said of the Waterworx team that took to the water at the Sleeman complex.
"They all set PBs (personal bests)."
Sansby rated the efforts of Megan Gianotti winning the 200m and 100m butterfly as the best of his brigade.
"She was the fastest all week and put in a pretty solid swim," he said.
"She won her 200m by five metres and her 100m by two metres."
Sansby's daughter Montana achieved one of her goals at the championships, claiming second place in the 200m 17-18 year girls breaststroke.
"I was hoping to get a medal," Montana said. "But I'm concentrating more on open nationals now than aged."
In the open nationals, which doubled as Olympic trials in Adelaide, Montana made the semi-finals of the 200m breaststroke.
"The goal was just to make a semi and a final hopefully," she said.
Montana has been to open nationals before but none compared to this year, with Olympic berths on the line.
"It was a really big difference," she said.
"It felt like there was more pressure."
The pressure is off now and so Montana and her teammates are getting on with it.
"We've got the short-course open nationals in Perth in a couple of months," she said.
"There's the Commonwealth Games and a lot of stuff in between (Olympic Games).
"I'd like to make a team hopefully. Any Australian team."
Waterworx Swimming Club results at national age championships.
Megan Gianotti: Won 15 years 100m and 200m butterfly, 2nd in 400m freestyle, 3rd in 400m IM and finalist in 200m freestyle.
Montana Sansby: Second in 17-18 years 200m breaststroke, 5th 100m breaststroke.
Emma Essex: Finalist in 17-18 years 200m butterfly.
Sharne Tiller: Finalist in 16 years 200m breaststroke.
Kiani Tiller: Finalist in 14 years 800m freestlye.
Kyle Mason: Seventh in 15 years 1500m freestyle.