SWIMMERS from Launceston's three clubs were among Tasmania's top performers at the School Sport Australia championships in Adelaide.
The state team achieved 158 personal best times, eight state records, five national standard qualifying times, reached 20 finals and won one individual silver medal and one relay gold.
Launceston Aquatic's Angus O'Toole was the silver medallist in the 15-16 50-metre long-course butterfly in a state record time of 25.91 seconds.
``It was a big shock. I didn't expect to win any medals, so I was pretty happy with that,'' the 15-year-old said.
The boys' vice-captain also made the final of the 100m long-course butterfly in which he finished a credible fifth in the national standard qualifying time of 58.82.
Twelve-year-old James Curran, of South Esk, swam personal best times in all his six events.
In the 200m freestyle, Curran swam a 7.3-second PB in a new state record of 2.12.55 and in the 200m individual medley clocked a 6.59-second PB in a state record of 2.29.94.
``It was a really good experience and lots of fun. It felt good because all my hard work paid off,'' he said.
On the fourth day of competition, Curran achieved more state records in the heats of the 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle and backed up in the finals by again breaking the record times and finishing fourth in each event.
Competing as Tasmania's only multi-class swimmer, Riverside Aquatic's Sophie Taylor swam a 12-second PB in the 100m backstroke and a 14-second PB in the 100m freestyle.
Taylor returned home with two gold medals and a new School Sport Australia record. The 13-year-old teamed up with swimmers from New South Wales to win the 13-15 mixed 4x50m freestyle relay in a new record time of 2.09.81 and featured in Tasmania's only gold medal in the 10-19 (9x50m) long-course handicapped medley relay.
Two awards were presented to Tasmanians at the end of the meeting with Curran earning the SSA encouragement award and Taylor named the state's most outstanding swimmer during the competition.