Successful School Sports Australia swimming championships for Tasmania

Grinners: The Tasmanian captains and medal winners from the SSA championships in Hobart. Picture: Facebook
Grinners: The Tasmanian captains and medal winners from the SSA championships in Hobart. Picture: Facebook

​Fresh from competing at the successful School Sports Australia swimming championships in Hobart, the state’s best are diving back into competition this weekend.

Some 290 athletes from Tasmania and interstate are taking part in the state short course championships at Hobart Aquatic Centre on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12.

They are in peak condition, following what has been hailed as Tasmania’s best ever performance at a SSA swimming event.

Tasmanians claimed 16 individual and two relay medals at the event as well as breaking a number of state benchmarks.

A Swimming Tasmania spokesman praised the 92-strong team, led by captains Myra Donnelly, of Riverside/Latrobe swimming clubs, and Clancy VanderKelen, of Hobart Aquatic, for its swimming, sportsmanship and success.

The next SSA swimming titles will be in Victoria at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre from July 27 to August 2, 2019.

Team time

Selection for the state teams’ meet in Canberra from October 3-5 follows the short course titles in Hobart.

Head coach is Wayne Lawes, of Melbourne, with support from Adam Briggs, of HC swim club.

Title tilt

Masters swimmers are preparing for the 34th winter short course championships in Launceston, on August 18 and 19. The event is open now for entries and organisers predict a large interstate contingent will take part.

Called off

This year’s 24-hour MS swimathon, scheduled for Launceston on August 4 and 5, was cancelled.

Diary dates

  • August 11 and 12: State short course championships, Hobart.
  • August 18 and 19: Masters’ winter short course championships, Launceston.
  • August 19: Time trial, Launceston.
  • August 25: Time trial, Hobart.
  • September 8: Short course regional titles, Hobart.
  • September 9: Short course regional titles, Launceston.
  • Sept 22: Long course time trial, Launceston.

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