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F-Teamers dive in at NSW State Open Champs

17 March 2020

Travis Mahoney
Travis Mahoney placed in the top 5 for 2 of his races over the weekend

With a number of sporting competitions both large and small being cancelled all around the world, our F-Teamers stepped up and competed at the New South Wales State Open Championships over the weekend. As the Australian Government introduces new self-isolation bans, the swimming community will be holding their breath as to when major competitions will kick off again.

The NSW State Open Champs is just a small stepping stone for what will be a big Olympic year, although nationals in April have now too been cancelled, it is presumed that the Olympic Trials are still going ahead in June.

Olympic finalist Travis Mahoney placed in the top 5 for 2 of his swims just being touched out for 3rd by 0.03 in the 50m Backstroke and again coming in 4th in the 200m Backstroke. Travis also qualified 2nd into the 100m Backstroke final and tried his luck outside of his pet events in the 100m Freestyle touching 18th just swimming over his entry time. Travis is also training to make his second Olympic team later this year. James McKechnie also had a great weekend taking home silver in the 200m Breaststroke.

Across the pool, our Para swimmers have shown they are a force to be reckoned with, as Jacob Templeton finished in the top 10 of all of his multi-class events touching in 3rd for his 50m Freestyle, 4th in the 400m Freestyle, 6th in the 100m Backstroke and 7th in the 100m Freestyle. Jacob has his eyes set on his second Paralympic games later this year in Tokyo after being on the Australian Dolphins Swimming Team since 2014. Blake Cochrane also took home a silver medal in the 100m Breaststroke.

Jacob Templeton
Jacob Templeton wears Funky Trunks Shorty Shorts in Hawaiian Skies
Ryan Bicknell
Ryan racing in his APEX Predator Cyclone Performance Jammers

Brendon Smith and Ryan Bicknell had some fast heat swims on day 1 of the meet with Brendon qualifying in 5th for the 400m Freestyle final behind Olympian Cam McEvoy and Commonwealth Games swimmer Elijah Winnington. "Swimming at all of the State Open Championships helps me build confidence with NSW being one of the better ones because the depth of competition is closest to a national championships or trials". Ryan also had a killer 200m Butterfly swim qualifying 14th for the final dropping 0.84 seconds off his PB, behind some big names such as Olympic gold medallist Kyle Chalmers and Olympic swimmers Grant Irvine and David Morgan.

Although there were a few of our Funky Trunks athletes missing, that didn't stop our attending F-Teamers dominating their races across the pool.

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