Successful final night yields more medals for the Blues

13 April 2019

2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships: Day 6

The Mighty Blues Medal Tally

  Gold Silver Bronze Total
Day 1 3 3 5 11
Day 2 8 4 4 16
Day 3 6 6 2 14
Day 4 2 7 3 12
Day 5 4 5 4 13
Day 6 3 4 8 15
Total 26 29 26 81

On the last night of swimming at the Australian Swimming Championships NSW swimmers added another 15 medals to the tally. Over the 6 nights NSW swimmers have won a total of 81 individual medals…26 Gold, 29 Silver and 26 Bronze.

Our Gold medal run on Day 6 started with William Yang (Ravenswood – Coach Bobby Hurley) winning the Men’s 20/21yrs 50m Freestyle in a new PB time of 0:22.74. This was William's 3rdGold medal of the meet…a great achievement.

Also winning Gold was Kaea Bidois (Knox Pymble – Coach Leanne Speechley) winning the 18/19yrs 50m Freestyle in a new best time of 0:23.06.

NSW Swimmers picked up 3 Silver medals, starting with Francesca Fitzhenry (Trinity Grammar – Coach Adam Kable– SOP Hub) in the Women’s 18/19yrs 200m IM in a time of 2:18.81. Cate Campbell (Knox Pymble) was second in the Women’s 50m Butterfly in 0:26.03. Also winning her first National medal was Lucy Jones (KRB Aquatics – Coach Hamid Mobarrez) in the 17/18yrs 50m Butterfly in a great PB of 0:27.75.

In a night where opportunities were seized, NSW swimmers won 7 Bronze medals. Cameron Tysoe (Ginninderra) swam a great race in the 200m Backstroke in a new best time of 1:59.10. Lewis Blackburn (Ravenswood – Coach Mitch Falvey) and Lachlan Vane-Tempest (Abbotsleigh – Coach Amanda Isaac) won their Bronze medals in their respective age groups in the 200m Backstroke. In the Men’s 20/21yrs 200m Butterfly Zac Freuden (Macquarie University – Coach Cameron Ellicott) picked up his first medal in a time of 2:07.38… taking 1.38 seconds off his entry time. In another great swim Sarah Kemp (Carlile – Coach Misha Payne) took 2.04 seconds off her entry time to win the Bronze medal in the Women’s 19/20yrs 200 IM.

In the Women’s 50m Butterfly Natasha Ramsden (Abbotsleigh – Coach Amanda Isaac)  won the Bronze medal in a new PB of 0:27.03…terrific effort in Open company. Also securing a Bronze medal was Claudia Fydler in the Women’s 17/18yrs 50m Butterfly.

Para Swimming

In a final night where spots on the Para Swimming World Championship Team were still up for grabs NSW swimmers won 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal from the two events on offer.

In the Men’s 100m Freestyle 15-year-old Ricky Betar (S14) (Auburn – Coach Clinton Camilleri) swam another PB to take the Bronze in a time of 0:53.55…what a week he’s had!!

In the Women’s 100m Freestyle it came down to the last 5m with the 3-time Paralympian Ellie Cole (S9) (Knox Pymble – Coach Simon Cusack – Northern Hub) winning the Gold in a great time of 1:03.69. Only 20 points separated Ellie and her NSW Team mate Jasmine Greenwood (S10) (Bay & Basin – Coach Bob McEvoy) who swam an excellent PB of 1:02.33 to claim the Silver Medal.

At the end of the night Swimming Australia announced the Australian Para Swimming Team to compete at the Para Swimming World Championships. I’m delighted to see that 10 NSW swimmers made the team with 2 NSW Coaches also selected…fantastic effort and very well deserved. Congratulations to the swimmers selected:

Athlete Club Coach
Timothy Hodge Auburn Clinton Camilleri
Ricky Betar Auburn Clinton Camilleri
Jenna Jones Auburn Clinton Camilleri
Ellie Cole Knox Pymble Simon Cusack
Matt Levy North Sydney Steve Badger
Taylor Corry Nelson Bay Tom Davis
Tiffany Thomas Kane Monte Jon Bell
Jasmine Greenwood Bay & Basin Bob McEvoy
Jade Lucy SLC Aquadot Gavin Stewart
Ella Jones Springwood Nick Robinson

Coaches selected were Clinton Camilleri (Auburn) and Jon Bell (Monte).

Well at the end of 6 days of swimming NSW Swimmers performed extremely well with a lot of breakthrough swims. Congratulations to all the Coaches, swimmers and staff…you have done your State proud…GO THE MIGHTY BLUES!

Bring on the Australian Age Championships starting on Monday 15th April.


Jon Shaw, Swimming NSW Coaching Director

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