Swimming; Riverton Aquanauts trio finishes year on a high

Head coach Gemma Herrington with Joseph Reagan (18), Andrew Nguyen (14) and Kaitlin Williams (13).
Head coach Gemma Herrington with Joseph Reagan (18), Andrew Nguyen (14) and Kaitlin Williams (13).

A TEAM of three Riverton Aquanauts swimmers competed against the best in the state at the December Open and Age Swimming Championships at HBF Stadium.

Joseph Reagan (18), Andrew Nguyen (14) and Kaitlin Williams (13) competed in nine different events.

Andrew, who moved to Australia in 2016 and quickly established himself as Australia’s fastest young breaststroker, secured a gold medal win in the boys’ 14-year-old 100m breaststroke to add to his silver medal in the boys’ 200m breaststroke.

“I would like to thank my coach and the great support from my fellow swimmers in the club and my parents,” he said.

“I will be training even harder to get ready for nationals this year.”

Kaitlin Williams competed in the finals of the girls’ 12-13 year old 100m backstroke, swimming a personal best time to finish fourth.

“I really like improving my times,” she said.

“It was great to cheer on my club mates and also catch up with some of my friends from other clubs.”

Joseph Reagan competed in his pet event, the 50m freestyle and achieved a time of 26.75 seconds.

Head coach Gemma Herrington said she was proud of all her swimmers.

“They have been putting in the effort over the year to be able to compete at this level, and it is pleasing to see them getting the results,” she said.

“With the many hours of swimming that these athletes do, it is great that they perform so well against the best swimmers in the state.”

The club is currently recruiting swimmers and those interested can join the next club night on January 20.

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