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Eight swimmers including Sam Custance, Madeline Edwards, Dewald Geldenhys, Matthew Hancock, Mitch Schwerdt, Sarah Stirling and Dominic Tidswell all jumped at the opportunity to represent Whyalla against other country primary school age children Saucony Kineta Relay Black
With not long until the end of the competition season team manager Sarah Wilson said she had nothing but praise for the senior squad's performance:
bests at the end of the season is a credit to the effort that they put in throughout the year and to their coach Tony Hall.
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Matthew took a huge two seconds off his 100m backstroke time.
Stingers buzzes to champs
The competition, which throughout the year compromises three long course (50m pools) and three short course (25m pools) races, was the last chance for many of the swimmers to qualify for the Australian National Championships.
The SAPSASA champions were Matthew Hancock in the 12 year old boys 50m breaststroke, Mitch Schwerdt in the 13 year old boys 50m breaststroke and Sarah Stirling in the 11 year old girls 50m butterfly.
"It was an absolutely fantastic performance and everyone did marvellously well," she said.
Hannah accomplished three personal best times, taking three seconds off her 50m backstroke.
"The senior squad have proved that they are Reebok Kamikaze 4 great ambassadors and role models to our younger generation of swimmers."
Again the Stingers led the way in the pool with Sarah winning the 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and the 50m breaststroke and getting silver in 50m freestyle and the 50m butterfly with personal best times.
Finally the SAPSASA championship was also on at the weekend, capping off a busy weekend for the swimmers as well as their families and supporters.
Personal times for the team's swims continue to get faster with personal bests being achieved by Rianne Barlow (1), Simon Geldenhuys (1), Jamie Matsen (1) Mitchell Schwerdt (6), Taylah Stirling (2), Cameron Wilson (4) and Georgina Wilson (4).
Both Cameron and Georgina both received an invitation to the youth performance squad, a part of the junior excellence program which rewards young swimmer's performance in the pool.
Cameron came within 0.2 seconds of his national time.
Silver medallists were Mitch Scherdt in the 50m backstroke and Sarah Stirling in the 50m freestyle and the 50m breaststroke.
The youngsters travelled home with three golds, three silvers and three bronze medals.
"I know we had trained really hard and now I'm looking forward to the short course season and trying and qualify for the Australian age championships," he said.
Simon Geldenhys, who came within 0.23 seconds of the national qualifying time, said he went into the meet feeling confident.
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"I loved doing the JX, I got to do butterfly which is my favourite stroke, I'm going to work hard at my swimming and train as much as I can so next year I can do even better and one day swim butterfly for Australia," she said.
The squad delivered results worthy of champions and some of the swimmers came agonisingly close to Swimming Australia's times.
Simon Geldenhys, Cameron Wilson and Georgina Wilson came within hundreds of a second of qualifying to swim for a national title later in the year.
Stingers' Ethan Barlow and Alana Hancock also delivered great performances in their races.
"I had a great times and really enjoyed meeting other swimmers from across the state, next year I hope to beat my main rival as I'm only one second behind her at the moment," she said.
"It just goes to show you if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. I had great fun and I'm hoping for better luck next year" he said.
"I've been injured for the last two weeks so have been out of the pool, so I'm really pleased with how I swam," he added.
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