Swimming: South Lake Dolphins cap successful season with medal haul

Left to right-Annabel Frederic, Hannah Palelei, Kate Wallington, Aldrich Frederic (front), Owen Hewitt and Adrian Frederic.
Left to right-Annabel Frederic, Hannah Palelei, Kate Wallington, Aldrich Frederic (front), Owen Hewitt and Adrian Frederic.

THEY might be young, but members of the South Lake Dolphins Swimming Club are already making waves in the sport.

The Cockburn ARC based club has had one of its most successful seasons on record, capped off with strong showings at three recent Swimming WA short course competitions where they came away with six gold, six silver and five bronze medals, breaking 35 club records in the process.

At the State Short Course Championship, 20-year-old Kevin Kalember took out gold in the open men 50m and 100m backstroke, silver in the open 50m butterfly and bronze in the open 100m individual medley as well as breaking 10 club records.

Hannah Palelei (18) and Kate Wallington (12) had strong showings at the State Age Short Course Championship, Palelei taking out silver in the 17-18 years 200m individual medley while Kate won bronze in the 12-13 years 200m breaststroke.

At the State Junior Short Course Championship, Owen Hewitt (11) won bronze in the 11 years 800m freestyle, while Kate Wallington added to her medal tally with a gold in the 12 years 50m breaststroke and silver in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke.

In a family affair, 12-year-old Adrian Frederic won gold in the 12 years 50m and 100m breaststroke and silver in the 50m butterfly, Annabelle Frederic (10) won gold in the 10 years 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly, while Aldrich Frederic (8) won silver in the eight years 50m butterfly.