Curran having smashing time

THE renaissance in Tasmanian swimming continued at the Victorian age championships in Melbourne.

South Esk swimmer James Curran continued his demolition of the Tasmanian records for 12-year-olds.

In the 100-metre backstroke heats, Curran set a state record and national age qualifying time, finishing fourth in the evening finals.  In the 100m freestyle heats, another state record, finishing with the bronze medal in the evening finals, rebreaking his heat's state record and obtaining a national qualifying time.

In the morning heats of the 200m freestyle, a state record, qualifying for the evening final, where again he broke his own record, obtained a national qualifying time and finished with a silver medal.

 Curran qualified for the final in the 100m butterfly but rules stipulate that only two visitors can contest the final, and as the third fastest visitor he was ruled ineligible. 

However, he did secure a massive four-second personal best time in the heats.

The 800m freestyle was a straight-out final, where Curran established a Tasmanian record and national qualifying time, in finishing sixth. Despite finishing outside his personal best time in the heats of the 200m backstroke, Curran qualified third fastest for the final, where he obtained the bronze medal.

The two limit visitor rule dashed Curran's chances of a medal in the 50m freestyle, where he finished third in the heats in a personal best time.

Curran's final event was the 200m individual medley, setting a state record and national qualifying time in the heats, and finishing third in the final.

Curran's outstanding achievements included one silver medal, three bronzes, 10 personal best times, seven state records and five national qualifying times.

Hobart Aquatic swimmer Jacob Vincent, 14, secured five gold medals and three silvers at the same championships, establishing multiple Tasmanian records and a Victorian all-comers record in the 400m individual medley. 

Will Harmsen, 17, became the fastest Tasmanian man over 100m in history, with his silver medal performance, smashing Ray Winstanley's record by a second.



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