23 Apr 2014
April 23, 2014

2014 Australian Age Swimming Championships

Last week the summer swimming season culminated with the 2014 Georgina Hope Australian Age Swimming Championships being held in our very own backyard at SOPAC. A Carlile team of 32 strong were a force to be reckoned with as they competed against the top age group talent that Australia has to offer.

Carlile Swimming Club competed in 114 individual events and 16 relays events throughout the week and our results placed us 6th overall on the point score, scoring more points than last year. We were the top NSW club and finished only a narrow 36 points behind the 3rd placed club, the closest we have been in years.

Every year the Carlile Team show their spirit and camaraderie and every year other swimmers, coaches and officials comment on the fantastic support and culture they see from the Carlile Club. Whether it is cheering for our swimmers in the morning heat sessions, or stomping and letting our voices be heard under the bright lights of the night finals, the endless support that is given by the Carlile Team is second to none.

Wednesday was a night to remember this year with over 30 junior Carlile swimmers catching a bus to the pool to watch and support our team. Dressed in outrageous Carlile costumes with face paint, wigs and eccentric clothes being worn they were a sea of orange and blue. The night could not have been better with Carlile winning 6 medals.

Making a final or winning a medal at Age Nationals is a tremendous achievement and we had 11 swimmers achieve that mark. Congratulations to our finalists Georgia Miller, Ming Fen Ong, Jayke Rees, Jasen Winny, Nick Robertson, Matt Georgevits and our medal winners Ami Matsuo, Brittany Barnes, Nick Jennens, Leon MacAlister and Callum Sherington. A full list of all our National Age Swimmers and their achievements can be found below.

An important part of Carlile’s success at every meet we compete in are our relays. Age Nationals was no different with 8 out of 16 relays achieving a top 10 placing and 4 of those relays winning medals. Every finals sessions finishes with relays and the Carlile Club had plenty to cheer about with these exciting results.

With the meet finishing on Saturday night we held our national after party on Sunday Night at Belrose Hotel where all national pool and open water swimmers and parents attended to celebrate and reflect on what was an outstanding summer season for Carlile. Special tribute was paid to our 18yr old team members who competed in what will be there last Age National campaign for the club.

A final congratulations to all swimmers who competed last week at Age Nationals. Regardless of their results, simply qualifying to swim at Age Nationals is a tremendous achievement placing those swimmers in the top 99.99% of all age group swimmers in Australia. An outstanding feat that should not be forgotten.

The Carlile Swimming Club Australian Age National Swim Team: 

The Boys: 

Nick Jennens – a truly remarkable week of racing. Nick competed in 11 individual events making finals in all but 1 and winning a remarkable 6 medals as a 12yr old racing boys a year older than himself. He also broke 6 NSW Age Group Records.

Leon MacAlister – 12months ago Leon competed as a 12yr old and this year went back full of confidence. He is the new Australian Age Champion winning Gold in the 100 and 200 Back. He made a further 2 finals and was a member of the medal winning 4×50 Relay Teams

Jasen Winny – Jasen’s first age nationals was a tremendous success making a final in his pet event the 100 fly. He will look to improve on his results next year

Justin Lee – swimming in 2 medal winning relays Justin was a vital part of the boys 14U 4×50 Freestyle Gold medal winning team and the Silver medal winning 4×50 Medley Relay Team

Andrew Newling – one individual event and one relay and what a performance in both for Andrew swimming huge PBs. He is hungry to build on this year’s achievements

Tom Lockhart – Swimming in 5 individual events Tom grew in confidence throughout the week and improved greatly on last year’s performances

Nathan Taplin – a first time age national swimmer, Nathan battled sickness early in the week but showed his resilience swimming in the 4×50 Freestyle relay later in the week

Ben Blakeney – 6 individual events, 6 PBs. 2 Relays swims, 2 Medals. Quite simply it was a great week for Ben capped off with him anchoring the 14U 4×50 Free Relay Team to win Gold.

Daniel Ferreria – Daniel swam in 3 individual events and gained PBs in both the 50 and 100Free, however, the real highlight was his lead off swim in the 4×100 Free Relay where he smashed his PB from the day before and went under 55 seconds for the first time

Connor Wilkins – a first time national swimmer, Connor competed in two relays and got a taste of swimming at the next level and he is hungry to make it next year

Brian De Bono – another first time national swimmer, Brian swam with composure recording 2 PBs and was also a member of 2 relay teams where we swam terrifically

Evan Stratton – Evan just missed qualifying individually but was a vital part of the 16U 4×100 Free Relay team and was on hand all week to support the team

Callum Sherington – After trying for 3 years Callum won that elusive gold medal in his pet event the 400IM. It was a breakthrough for Callum and he also won a bronze in the 1500 free and made a further 5 finals

Matt Georgevits – his final year at Age Nationals Matt finished off in style achieving finals in the backstroke double – the 100 and 200m events. He was also a part of the U18 4X100 Medley Relay Team that narrowly missed a medal

Luke Bibby – Luke made his last nationals memorable as he was a part of 3 finalist relay teams and swimming in multiple individual events. He has created a Carlile legacy with his passion and enthusiasm for nationals and the team will try to carry on his tradition

Nick Robertson – has represented Carlile at this level for his 6th and final year and this year his achievements were just as significant. Yet again another 100 Fly final and integral in all relays just missing out on medals in 2 of those relays

Jayke Rees – also Jaykes final age nationals he made his second consecutive 100 free final and had the arduous task of anchoring 2 relay teams. Both just missing medals but Jayke as always swam lifted in the relays to swim extremely fast times


The Girls:

Jade Garrett – an age national rookie. Jade qualified as a 12yr old and learnt a lot from the age national experience. She will be ready and raring to go next year

Emilie Peterson – first time age national swimmer. Emilie competed in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke achieving a PB in the 200m. She also swam in the 4×50 Medley Relay

Mia Rolfe – Mia was another first time national swimmer. She competed in multiple events and also swam in 3 relay events in which she showed her relay strength swimming PB times in those events

Jemima Stratton – qualifying for only 1 event 12 months ago, Jemima showed her talent for the distance events swimming in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events this year  

Cara Sutherland – in her debut age national’s campaign, Cara swam in the 4×50 Freestyle Relay. She gave the team a strong lead and gained valuable experience

Christine Washer – Christine had a busy national campaign swimming in 5 individual events and 3 relays. Swimming season PBs in many events Christine showed her versatility swimming different strokes in every relay

Shivani Eland – Shivani finished off her summer season showing the best is yet to come. After dealing with some sickness and injury Shivani swam very strong in her favoured Backstroke events and was a part of 3 relay teams

Abby Sherington – aging up just days before the start of the meet Abby was the youngest in her age group competing in the 100 and 200 Backstroke. She swam exceptionally well achieving a PB in the 200m event

Kate Lee – swimming in 4 individual events Kate narrowly missed the final in the 100 and 200 Fly events. She was a huge part of the U16 4×100 Freestyle and Medley Relays recording fast times in both events

Sophia Brinkman – last year Sophia qualified for just 1 individual event. This year she showed remarkable improvement and qualified for 5 individual events. She was a vital member the silver medal winning 18U 4×200 Freestyle relay team

Brittany Barnes – swimming in multiple events the highlight was her 200m Fly race. After making the final in her pet event 200 Fly last year this year she stepped up again winning a bronze medal in the event.

Emily Washer – dealing with glandular fever Emily had to withdraw from many of her individual races. However, when the team needed her Emily answered the call showing tremendous fight to swim in 2 relay events and winning a silver medal in the 4×100 freestyle

Ami Matsuo – an age nationals veteran Ami showed her class winning 3 individual medals in the 50, 100 and 200m Freestyle events. She turned in very strong relay performances leading her team to two silver medals in the 4×200 and 4×100 freestyle events

Georgia Miller – competing in her last age nationals, Georgia made another 100 freestyle final. She helped lead her team in the U18 4×100 and 4×200 Freestyle Relays winning a silver medal in both events

Ming Fen Ong – Ming Fen also competed in her last age nationals and contributed to the team as always. She made a final in the 400 IM and swam terrifically in the three 18U relays events winning two silver medals in the freestyle relays

2014 Nationals After Party Photos