First ever gold medal for Riverton Aquanauts swimmer Molly Cronin at first major Swimming WA event of 2017

First ever gold medal for Riverton Aquanauts swimmer Molly Cronin at first major Swimming WA event of 2017

RIVERTON Aquanauts swimmer Molly Cronin (11) won her first ever gold medal in the 50m butterfly at the first major Swimming WA (SWA) event of 2017.

The rookie managed to take an amazing 7.62 seconds off her previous best time for this event, following it up with a 2.27 second improvement in her 50m Ffreestyle.

Molly said she put her all into the swims, finishing exhausted.

“I was very pleased and proud, but also very drained,” she said.

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The massive personal best times continued in the 50m butterfly, with 10-year-old Ayden Hipper taking 6.62 seconds off his previous best time, picking up the gold medal for this event.

The good news continued for Ayden in the 50m freestyle and he won silver in the 50m breaststroke.

Older brother Ethan Hipper (12) won bronze in the 50m breaststroke, while the Aquanauts’ newest member Tamika Bank (12) improved her 50m butterfly time by 1.42 seconds and 50m freestyle by 2.27 seconds.

Head Ccoach Gemma Herrington said the rookie meet was different to other meets throughout the year.

“The qualifying times are in reverse, which means that anyone who has a State or AA level qualifying time cannot swim at the event, encouraging more swimmers to come along and join in the fun,” she said.

The Aquanauts are now training for the SWA Club Sprints event on February 4 to see how well the Cclub is able to perform against other metropolitan Cclubs.

The Cclub is currently recruiting more swimmers and interested swimmers are encouraged to attend the next club night on January 20.

More details can be found at http://rivertonaquanauts.wixsite.com/swimming-club.