South Lake Dolphins Swimming Club members excel at WA State and Junior Short Course Open and Age Championships


Kate Wallington, Coach Dorian Gandin and Aakashi Ranaweera at the Junior Short Course Championships.
Kate Wallington, Coach Dorian Gandin and Aakashi Ranaweera at the Junior Short Course Championships.

HAVING its most successful season in recent years, The South Lake Dolphins Swimming Club achieved outstanding results in the WA State and Junior Short Course Open and Age Championships last month.

Eleven swimmers attended the juniors championships.

Aakashi Ranaweera won silver in the 12-year-old girls 50m breaststroke, breaking the club record set by Adelaide Hart in 2007.

Kate Wallington won three gold medals for the 11-year-old girls 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, breaking the club records set by Amanda Hutchens in 1999, Adelaide Hart in 2006 and Megan Vowles in 2001.

She also won Bronze in the 400m IM, breaking the club record set by Grace Jones in 2010.

“All our swimmers performed exceptionally well,” records officer Erika Wallington said.

“We are the only club with more than two swimmers to have a PB rate over 80 per cent.”

At the state championships, swimmers won six medals as well as breaking 13 of their own club records.

Club records were broken by Lachlan Belke, Marnie McKenna, Kevin Kalember and Hannah Palelei.

Ms Wallington said there were a lot of factors contributing to the season’s highs including the teams new training facilities at Cockburn ARC and it’s involvement with WAIS.

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