Merrylands' team of nine swimmers had fantastic results at the Metro South West Area Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
Our team contested 29 individual events and ended with 22 new personal best times, 4 finalists and 1 bronze medal.
Joseph achieved 5 new personal best times across his 4 swims, including a new 50m Freestyle PB split in his 100m Freestyle. Joseph further reduced his 200m Breaststroke time after only just beating it at a meet last weekend. Joseph also achieved new personal bests in his 50 and 100m Breaststroke, with his first Long Course 38 seconds in the 50m.
Laura-Belle took a break from HSC studies to scoop up a Bronze medal in her 50m Breaststroke in a new personal best time. Laura-Belle was also a finalist with 7th place in her 100m Breaststroke which was an excellent achievement for an Open event, and was 0.02 outside her best in the 50m Freestyle.
Alison was a finalist in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, with 6th and 4th respectively. Her butterfly sprint was her fastest time in over 4 years. Alison's 100m Freestyle was also her fastest in 2 years.
Jay was just a fraction off his personal best in his 100m Freestyle with only 0.1 seconds outside his mark.
Lisa had a great result in her 100m Backstroke with a 4-second personal best time and was just outside her 100m Freestyle time.
Daniel achieved 3 new Backstroke personal bests in his 2 Backstroke swims with a PB split in the 100m and then reduced it the following day in the 50m event, taking a further 2 seconds off his time. Daniel also took over 2 seconds off his 100m Freestyle personal best.
Matthew contested 6 events and came away with 5 new personal best times. Matthew started with a personal best in his 200m Butterfly and continued to fly with personal bests in his 100m and 50m Butterfly. Matthew was a finalist in the 100m Butterfly and his 50m Butterfly was his first time under 30 secs in a Long Course event. Matthew also achieved new personal best times in his 50m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke.
Leo had some fast 50s with new personal bests across his 3 swims. Leo achieved sub 35 seconds in his 50m Breaststroke, sub 28 in his 50m Freestyle and took 0.5 off his 50m Backstroke.
Lillian achieved 2 new personal bests in her 100m Breaststroke, taking a huge 6-second chuck off her existing time. Lillian also took over 9 seconds off her 100m Backstroke later that afternoon.
Congratulations to all our swimmers on their wonderful performances!