Riverton Aquanauts put heart into Sprint Championships


Andrew Nguyen, Kaitlin Williams, coach Gemma Herrington.
Andrew Nguyen, Kaitlin Williams, coach Gemma Herrington.

A CONTINGENT of 30 Riverton Aquanauts swimmers picked up the pace to challenge the fastest 50m sprinters in the State as part of the Sprint Championships.

Finishing third overall behind powerhouse clubs UWA West Coast and Southside Penrhos Wesley, head coach Gemma Herrington said it was an excellent result, with 58 per cent of the swims being new personal best times.

“The swimmers really put their hearts into this event, trying their best against very tough competition,” she said.

“As well as personal best times, we managed to bring home nine gold, six silver and five bronze medals in a brilliant meet for our team.”

Thomas Kammerman (14) and Caitlin Golding (12) finished the day with massive improvements in all four of their strokes and were both recognised among the top five performers at the meet.

“I really gave it everything I had today, and I was extremely pleased with the times I achieved,” Thomas said.

Caitlin was equally happy.

“I enjoyed competing at the meet and am pleased with my performance,” she said.

In a first for the Aquanauts, Andrew Nguyen (14) and Kaitlin Williams (13) qualified for the skins event, which put the top eight swimmers for each stroke, regardless of their age in sudden death knockout rounds until only one swimmer remained.

Andrew finished fifth for breaststroke and Kaitlin eighth in backstroke.

Olympian Brianna Throssell won both the butterfly and freestyle honours in these skins events, to the delight of the Riverton team.

The next meet is the Club Pennants Championships on March 5.

People are invited to join at the next club night on February 10.

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