Coffs Harbour Swimming Club members: (back) Mikaela Hicks, Lachlan O’Reilly, Mahalia Kinsela, Sean O’Reilly, Josh Chapman; (front) Madeleine Gough, Kai Onley, Ky Kinsela, Chloe Harrington.
Coffs Harbour Swimming Club members: (back) Mikaela Hicks, Lachlan O’Reilly, Mahalia Kinsela, Sean O’Reilly, Josh Chapman; (front) Madeleine Gough, Kai Onley, Ky Kinsela, Chloe Harrington. submitted

Swag of medals for swimmers

A RECORD number of Mid North Coast swimmers represented the region at the 2010 NSW Country Championships at Homebush.

Richard Goddard swam for Sawtell club and found the keys to the gold mine, winning four events in the multi-classification 18 years division.

He took out 50m freestyle in 29.72 sec, 50m breaststroke in 42.59, 50m backstroke in 34.28 and 50m butterfly in 31.95.

Djaran Smith also won four medals in the 17 years division – silver in 100m backstroke and bronze in 200m IM, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

Eleven-year-old Jaymee Fuller won bronze in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and while they didn’t medal, Alex Sutton and Louise Stollery contested seven events in the 16 years bracket and each swam five personal best times.

Meanwhile, Coffs Harbour club swimmers have been outstanding at a variety of carnivals.

Sean and Lachlan O’Reilly attended the Armidale titles with Lachlan gaining two first placings, while Sean won six events among a collection of ten medals.

Swimming Mid North Coast also presented medals to swimmers who over the four District carnivals, recorded the fastest time in each stroke and distance of their respective age divisions.

Coffs Harbour swimmers were awarded seventeen of these medals with the club thanking coach Dean Lawrence who provided invaluable support and advice to the children.

Meanwhile, Chloe Harrington and Madeleine Gough have qualified for the Speedo Sprint Finals in Sydney later this month.

The girls competed in the Speedo Sprint heats at Wingham with Madeleine winning the 50m backstroke and butterfly as well as finishing runner-up in 50m freestyle.

Chloe won her 50m breaststroke.

Also, Josh Chapman took part in the Queensland Sprint Championships at the Chandler Complex in Brisbane, gaining a bronze medallion in the 50m backstroke and qualifying for the freestyle final of the freestyle.

The season has proved amazing for the Coffs Harbour club with 93 personal best times produced in the last three Friday club nights alone.



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