Swim Club Report December 2018

Posted on Wednesday, 19 December 2018

The latter half of the year is always an exceedingly busy time in swimming. Months of training during the winter, and short course season finally come to fruition as the Long Course season starts up for another season.

This year’s Brisbane Short Course Championships in August, were entered by 29 of our club’s best short course competitors.  Redlands swimmer 9-year old Zoard Farkas achieved three new Brisbane records, which is a phenomenal individual result, and worthy of recognition. Amongst competing swimmers there was an impressive 75% improvement rate, with an exciting 45 personal best times recorded.

Our swimmers further represented ‘Team Redlands’ at the following Queensland Short Course Championships, to which 13 of our swimmers competed, achieving additional 29 further personal best times. Two of our swimmers medalled in events, Dylan Pieterse with a 3rd in the boys 10yrs 200IM, and Kai Watson with a 3rd in the 15yrs men’s 800 Free.  A huge accomplishment by both, in what is an extremely competitive state event on the swimming calendar each year.

A highlight on the annual swimming calendar is the Queensland Open Water Championships held in October. Notable achievements were Riley Brennan placing 1st in the 12yrs 1.25km swim, and 3rd in the 2.5km swim. Ben Goedmans achieved an impressive 4th in the 14yrs 2.5km swim, and it was wonderful to see Redlands proudly represented by new swimmers keen to enter this event.

The Brisbane Relay Championships held at Chandler are a much anticipated meet each November. Due the high calibre of swimmers we have across all ages, a record 12 relay teams were selected to represent Redlands. Redlands Relay shirts were presented to the selected swimmers by Coaching Staff at the Team Presentations, and the day continues to be a real highlight for individual swimmers who have the opportunity to race in teams with their club mates, against the best swimming teams from all over Brisbane.

An incredibly exciting event every season is the beginning of our Club swimming season, which began on 1 September and will culminate at the Club Championships in April 2019. This season Redlands Swimming Club proudly has 120 registered competitive swimmers.  Our junior swimmers continue to achieve, and have represented the club very strongly at all suburban swim meets. There have been numerous age champions, an overwhelming number of swimmers who are beginning and continuing to place, and proudly, at every junior meet this season, our swimmers have achieved new personal best times. It is incredibly exciting to watch these swimmers develop, not only as competitors, but as genuine team mates, with an impressive number of supportive families and kids, who come along to each event and cheer every swimmer on.  It is a culture that we are delighted to foster within Redlands Swimming Club, and one that we are incredibly proud of.  

At our final Club night prior to the Christmas break on Friday, 7 December, there were a record 91 swimmers who enjoyed our dedicated sprint events. This was also an opportunity for the Club to recognise and celebrate the achievements of many of our swimmers.  We also presented our representative swimmers with their State Championship Shirts, to be proudly worn at the Queensland State Swimming Championships being held at Chandler from 15 December until 21 December.

Our state representative team is huge this year, and indicative of the calibre of both Junior and Senior swimmers that are training out of and developing through our swimming programs. This year we are fielding an astounding 10 State Relay Teams, with an equally impressive 18 further swimmers representing Redlands in individual events. These include:

  • Jasmine Blank (12y) 100 BR, 200 BR, 200 IM
  • Russell Booysen (23y) 100 FLY, 100 FR, 100 BK, 200 IM, 400 FR, 200 FR, 50 FR
  • Max Boultbee (12y) 200 FR
  • Riley Brennan (12y) 200 FR, 400 FR, 800 FR, 100 BK
  • Oliver Collins (15y) 200 FLY, 400 IM, 200 IM, 100 BR, 200 BR, 100 FLY
  • Jody Davie (19y) 100 FLY, 200 FLY
  • Dominic Dunstan (15y) 100 BR, 200 BR, 400 IM, 200 IM
  • Imogen Dunstan (12y) 200 FRE, 200 IM, 100 BR, 100 BK, 200 BR, 200 BK, 400 FEE
  • Ben Goedemans (14y) 1500 FRE, 800 FRE, 200 FRE, 100 FRE, 400 FRE
  • Will McGregor (17y) 400 IM, 200 IM, 100 FLY, 200 FLY
  • Jackson Murphy (14y) 100 FLY, 100 BK, 100 FRE
  • Clare Rabjohns (15y) 200 IM
  • Spencer Rabjohns (17y) 100 FRE, 50 FRE
  • Charlie Sewell (15y) 100 BR, 200 IM, 400 IM
  • Matthew Von Euw (13y) 200 IM, 200 FLY, 100 FLY, 400 FRE
  • Connor Wallace (14y) 100 FLY, 100 FR, 200 FR, 400 FRE, 800 FR, 1500 FR
  • Kyle Wallace (18y) 200 FRE, 100 FLY, 200 FRE, 100 FRE
  • Kai Watson (15y) 100 FRE, 800 FRE, 200 FRE, 100 BK, 400 FRE, 1500 FRE

Club season resumes racing on Friday, 1 February 2019, with our swimmers continuing to train over the break for the upcoming Age and Open Nationals events in April.   During this time we would like to extend a genuine thanks to all of our swimmers and their families for being a part of Redlands Swimming Club for season 2018/2019. We wish all of those nearest and dearest a Merry Christmas, and a Happy 2019. We’re excited to see where the New Year takes us, and if this season is any indication it just might be our best year yet.

Redlands Swimming Club