Brothers outstanding at nationals

 Brothers James Curran, 13,  in the pool, and Tom Curran, 18, back from the Schools Sports Australia National Swimming  Championships.  Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Brothers James Curran, 13, in the pool, and Tom Curran, 18, back from the Schools Sports Australia National Swimming Championships. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

TWO Launceston brothers excelled at the recent School Sport Australia Swimming championships held at the Melbourne Aquatic Centre.

Eighteen-year-old Tom Curran, and younger brother James, 13, both put in some standout performances at the competition to be two of the state’s best performers.

Teams from all states took part in the national championships with about 2000 swimmers involved.

Tom swam in the boys’ 17-19 age group and claimed six top-10 performances in a heavy schedule.

He claimed a silver medal in the 1500 metres with a time of 16:30.85 which was a 20-second personal best time.

He also finished second in the boys’ 13-18, 800m freestyle with a time of 8:33.42, and was unlucky to miss out on medals in three of his other events where he finished a close fourth.

In the 100m freestyle final, he swam 53:15, and was eight hundreds of a second off third spot.

James took part in eight events in the 13-14 age group and recorded a top-10 placing in each with a best result of fourth in the 400m freestyle in a time of 4:24.56.

He recorded PB times in each event.

Both boys attend Launceston Church Grammar School.

James swims under coach Katrinna Clarke at the South Esk Swimming Club.

A Launceston Aquatic Club swimmer, Tom was coached by former head coach Derek Taylor, but is now under new coach Peter Gartrell.

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