Big representation at Australian Championships

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Sydney University Swimming Club will by represented by 22 competitors at the 2011 Australian Championships beginning this Friday at the Sydney Olympic Pool and Aquatic Centre (SOPAC).

The Championships, which run from 1-8 April, are the selection trials for FINA World Championship teams, World University Games and the Para Pan Pacific Championships.

The 22-stong university squad includes 17 Sydney University Elite Athlete Program Scholarship holders – Matthew Abood, Emma Gray, Sam McConnell, Meagan Ramsay, Stephen Parkes, Alistair Pickles, Gordon Willis, David Wise, Tim Halliday, Dylan Curtis, Kate Johnson, Gemma Johnson, Tom Heal, Jessica Cerni, James Etter, Christine Kidd and Sarah Hilt.

The other five swimmers are Jono Newtown, Andrew Abood, Matt Jaukovic, Melanie Houghton and Paige Burland.

Burland, 13, is the youngest SUSC member to ever compete at the Championships.

Newcomer to the club, multi-class swimmer, Sarah Hilt, will compete in the S4 classification.

Coverage of the Commonwealth Games trials will be televised on One HD from 6.30pm each evening, showing highlights from the heats during the day and followed by live coverage of the finals/evening session from 7.30pm.

A cheer squad of 50 SUSC members and their families are attending the finals session on Friday. 

In further excellent news for SUSC, six Sydney University swimmers will compete at the 2011 National Age Championships, to be held in Adelaide from April 18-23. They include Paige Burland (13) in the 100m, 200m backstroke and 50m, 100m freestyle, Angelique Barrett (12) in the 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly, Inez Osland (14) in the 100m freestyle, Cecilia Mafi (12) in the 50m freestyle, Tom Stirk (14) in the 100m breaststroke and Huon Fairbairn (13) in the 200m butterfly.

Burland, Barrett, Osland and Mafi will also compete in the 14 years and under 200m medley relay and the 200m freestyle relay.

This is Sydney University’s first representation at the National Age Championships in five years.

“A result that can be attributed to our Swim School coach and program co-ordinator Vanessa Smith’s effort and dedication to the age group program,”  said Sydney Uni Head Swim Coach Bobby Folan.