TUART Hill Swimming Club �super fish� Andrea Fazari broke the state record in the nine-year-old girls short-course 200m freestyle at the WA Junior Short Course Championships last month.
The St Kieran Catholic Primary School student wiped 10 seconds off her personal best and a second off the state record with a time of 2.37.99, after taking up the sport less than two years ago.
Head coach Clark Carlson said it had been a concerted effort across the club to lift performances, which had paid off with some great achievements in the pool.
�Just under two years ago, Andrea joined the club and started swimming in the lowest level junior squad,� Carlson said.
�A few weeks ago, she broke the state record and claimed the gold medal.�
Andrea�s mum Marisa Fazari said she was proud of her daughter, and it was a testament to the coaches and the club who had helped her achieve great things.
�Andrea came from nowhere and is now swimming in the gold squad,� Fazari said.
�She used to go once a week and now she is going to five sessions a week.�
Carlson said the club was one of the oldest swimming clubs in WA, established more than 50 years ago by local parents.
He said the club had been fortunate to acquire the services of former Olympian and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Travis Nederpelt.
�Travis is in charge of the performance squads and his experience at the top level of swimming has injected a sharpness into the training program, including gym and land training sessions,� Carlson said.
The club is holding an open day on Saturday, October 17 with registrations from 1pm. Visit www.tuart hillswimmingclub.org or call 0478 931 963.