Power: Ebony Story swims butterfly on her way to a 50-metre bronze medal at the Murray Bridge swimming carnival.MURRAY Bridge Amateur Swimming Club recently hosted what was probably the largest country carnival open for anyone to enter.
There were 31 local swimmers competing, with their families manning various stalls all meet to make for a successful day with almost ideal weather conditions.
Dylan Vandenbrink was the most successful local swimmer, claiming four medals for the day from all strokes and distances, with personal bests in fly and breaststroke.
Jenn Van Berkel was overwhelmed to win her first gold medal in 15 and under 50-metre freestyle.
She recorded personal best times in the 50-metre breast and 50-metre fly.
Ebony Story was able to pick up two medals: a third placing in the 50-metre fly and 50-metre freestyle.
She also competed in 100-metre swims for the backstroke and freestyle.
Savannah Story has steadily improved and recorded five personal best times, in the 50-, 100- and 200-metre breaststroke and 50- and 100-metre freestyle – a great day of achievement.
Zoe Underwood competed well in the 50- and 100-metre freestyle, 50- and 100-metre fly and 100-metre breaststroke, working on new techniques developed recently.
Lucy O’Neil has stepped up her training and has two new personal best times.
She achieved her goal of swimming under 40 seconds in the 50-metre freestyle and also reduced her time in her favourite stroke, fly, by one second more.
Gracie Appelbee must have been training in secret – she was able to take five seconds off her 50-metre backstroke and an amazing six seconds off her 50-metre breaststroke.
Zoey Lee Roberts had a slight improvement in her 50-metre backstroke but massive improvements of four seconds in her 50-metre freestyle and breaststroke – a very good day.
Annabelle O’Neil has been showing consistency in her swims, ready for big improvements at her next swim meet.
Georgia O’Neil has just been getting back into swimming and taking on four shorter swims until her form returns fully.
Gabby Huxtable has been concentrating on her freestyle with improvements in both her distances.
Buddies: Georgia and Annabelle O’Neil at country carnival.
Her personal best was just into the 38-second barrier and an impressive two seconds off her 100-metre freestyle times.
In the leadup to the carnival, Jody Martin had a bout of poor health which affected her training and her times, although she was not too far off the pace.
Chloe Roberts has trained when she could in between netball commitments and was still able to record a personal best in her 50-metre fly, reducing it by three seconds.
Her other swims were very close to her best.
Tahli Allen has been finding her strengths in the distance swims.
She had a slight improvement in her 50-metre freestyle and a big six seconds off her 100-metre freestyle.
In the 100-metre backstroke she slashed 15 seconds off her previous best time.
Holly Vandenbrink improved in three swims, taking two seconds off her 50-metre fly, three and a half off her 50-metre freestyle and four off her 100-metre freestyle time – a great day’s results.
Little Peyton Allen took a huge number of seconds off her times.
Her 50-metre freestyle was reduced by seven seconds and her 50-metre breaststroke by three seconds with correct technique shown.
Maddi Martin’s strength has been getting results.
She recorded a slight personal best in the 50-metre freestyle, with more than a second each coming off her 100-metre breaststroke and freestyle swims.
Avril Herbertson had her best swim in the 50-metre freestyle, slashing six seconds off her time.
She also swam in the breaststroke.
Alexandra Appelbee virtually stepped off the plane to make it in time for two swims, her favourites: freestyle and breaststroke.
Kate Sherman started her competitive swims with 50-metres in breaststroke and freestyle, showing determination.
Swimmers: Lucy O’Neil, back, Savannah Story, Tahli Allen, Jennifer Van Berkel, Dylan Vandenbrink, Georgia O’Neil, Zoe Underwood, Ebony Story; Jordana Martin, middle, Chloe Roberts, Zoey Roberts, Ophelia Neumann, Alistair Neumann, Holly Vandenbrink, Gabby Huxtable; Sophie Roberts, front, Annabelle O’Neil, Grace Appelbee, Madison Martin, Alys Bockman and Peyton Allen.
Sophie Lee Roberts did her best in her scratch swims, gaining good times in both her freestyle and breaststroke swims.
Jack Stolarski, who has been away competing in athletics and squeezing in some swim training, reapt the benefits.
In the 50-metre freestyle he dropped seven seconds and, even more impressively, a massive 14 seconds in the 50-metre breaststroke.
He also set times in the 100-metre freestyle and breaststroke.
Malcolm Appelbee could hold his head high after competing with young men more than 20 years his junior and finishing each swim just out of the medals.
Rick Stefaniak was kept extremely busy officiating during the day but managed to squeeze in a couple of swims.
Most impressive was a four-second personal best in the 100-metre freestyle.
Rebecka Pudney also fit in two freestyle swims while helping out with food preparation for the day.
Alistair Neumann competed in the handicap events and did well, making the finals in both freestyle and the BBB event.
Ophelia Neumann was busy manning a stall all day but managed to squeeze in a couple of swims as well.
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