Sawtell swimmers, Leah Bird, Geoff Eastwood and Candice Brown take a short break in training after some strong performances
Sawtell swimmers, Leah Bird, Geoff Eastwood and Candice Brown take a short break in training after some strong performances

Swimmers buzzing



THERE is a little buzz happening around Sawtell Pool that is sure to grow into a big roar as the swimming eason gets into full swing.

Squad training at all levels are starting to fill up and the depth of talent beingdisplayed is really starting to emerge.

Sawtell recently hosted adevelopment camp which was open to NSW swimmers who had not qualified ontimes for a start at NSW State Swimming Championships.

Mentor coach for the weekend was Peter Freney, a highly regarded coach with NSW Swimming who putsthe State squad 'Sharks' through their paces.

Peter was able to offer loadsof advice and suggestions to all swimmers over the weekend, which many ofthem have now taken on board.

After the development camp, a team was thenselected throughout the state to compete at a specoial development meet at Homebush.

Candice Brown and Leah Bird recently spent time in Sydney and to say they had a superb meet would be an understatment.

Candice who is such a workhorse at training showed the field that she is one to watch with a 30.15 first placing in 50m freestyle, 35.98 2nd place in backstroke, also second place in 50m but- terfly with a time of 34.28 and breaststroke 40.02 to finish fourth.

Leah Bird has continued where she left off last season with a series of swims close to her personal best times.

First placings in her freestyle and backstrokes events with 31.07 and 35.96 respectively.

Another member to have a great start to the season is Geoff Eastwood.

Attending the NSW State age Short Course Championships recently, Geoff came home with two gold medals for the 17/18 yrs Boys 50m backstroke and 100m backstroke.

He also made the finals in 50 and 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

Rounding off a great meet, Geoff also recorded personal best times in 50m, 100m back and 50m free.

One to definitely watch at the World School Swimming Champs later in the year.

Sawtell Swim Club season kicks off on Friday with first race at 5-30pm.



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