Wongan Hills hosts big swim meet

MORE than 800 swimmers from 36 country clubs converged on Wongan Hills at the weekend to compete in the 54th annual Swimming WA Country Pennants.

Perfect weather conditions saw swimmers from age eight to sixty five take to the pool in the two day competition.

Peel Aquatic, a Mandurah-based team, won the A-grade division, Busselton won B-grade, Wongan Hills won C-grade, Exmouth won D-grade and Boddington took out E-grade honours.

Luke Jackson, coach of the Moora Swim Club said Moora had finished third to Busselton and Golden West Dolphins, a Bunbury club in B-grade and demonstrated exceptional team spirit over the weekend.

"We have been training as a team and our results in the relays demonstrate that," Jackson said.

"We were second in the relays for B-grade and the 16 relay teams took out 15 medals.

Moora Swim Club brought home 12 gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze medals in the relays an exceptional result which Mr Jackson said was possible because the club were able to field four very fit and very even swimmers in each event.

The 14-year-old boys' freestyle event missed out on a record by less than one second; the record was set 18 years ago.

"Many of the children were swimming above their age group we had two boys who swam in the 12-year-old, the 14-year-old and 16-year-old relays," Jackson said.

"The results were a credit to club members' training over the past six months.

"Club captains Daniel Magry and Jade Kohlen were fantastic role models for the younger children and everyone rose to the occasion.

"We train four times a week, but we are up against clubs who are training 10 times a week and year round."

In the individual events, Moora collected 12 gold, five silver and 29 bronze medals.

Twelve year old Kyle Murray from Moora broke a record in the B-grade 12-year-old 50 metre breastroke event. The previous record was set in 1987.

Mr Jackson said Wongan Hills Swim Club deserved full credit for a thoroughly enjoyable and well organized weekend.

The Moora Swim Club will be competing in D-grade in the Club Premiership event in Perth this weekend.

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