It was a big weekend for our team of four representing Merrylands at the NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships at SOPAC this weekend.
This was the first time that all members of the team have competed at this level of competition. While there were nerves, the team performed exceptionally well.
Matt was flying solo on Saturday and swam the 11 Years 100m Freestyle in a personal best time. Matt returned on Sunday for the 11 Years 100m Butterfly and achieved his second fastest time, after having already PB'd in this event a week ago.
Niushka was up next and after having taken 5 seconds off her time to qualify for Metrops in the first place, took another 4 seconds off her time in the 9-10 Years 50m Butterfly. This achievement also means Niushka has qualified for her first State Age Championships, to be held in 4 weeks time.
The 11 Years 50m Freestyle followed with Merrylands being represented by three swimmers. Matt chipped away at his PB, taking another 0.1 off his time. Summer achieved her second fastest official time in this event and Helen took almost a full second off her previous mark, achieving her first time in the 33s.
The final event for our swimmers was the 11 Years 50m Butterfly and there were solid performances after a big weekend. Matt and Helen again swum their second fastest times and Summer broke the 40 barrier for the first time with a PB.
Overall from the 9 swims our team achieved 5 PBs with the other 4 swims their second fastest times ever.
Congratulations to all our swimmers on these wonderful achievements.