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2021 Australian Age Wrap Up

15 April 2021

USC Swim Club had a great start to the Australian Swimming Championships with Blake Cochrane claiming bronze on night 1 in 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1:18.52, along with Jacob Templeton also claiming bronze in his 50m Freestyle in a personal best time of 24.69 proving they are both in fine form in the lead up to the trials!

A massive standout at the Age Championships from start to finish was 14-year-old Ike Martinez who claimed an incredible 5 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze from 8 events! The Far North Queensland young gun produced times that saw him winning races by several seconds over his competitors including his 400m Freestyle (4:04.51) where he won by nearly 4 seconds in a personal best, his 800m Freestyle in a time of 8:25.75 - a massive 23 seconds ahead of his next competitor, and his 200m Butterfly in a 2:03.76 - a time that places him 3rd in the Top 10 Australian All-Time for 14 years behind the likes of Ian Thorpe and Jayden Hadler, an incredible achievement!

Another outstanding performance came from Rackely Swim Team's Isaac Cooper who won gold in 3 out of 4 of his individual events and broke the 17 years Australian Age record in the 100m Backstroke in quick 54.56 seconds - a time that puts him only half a second outside of the Australian All-Time top 10 ranking. His gold medal winning 50m Freestyle of 22.86 also saw him reach the qualifying time for the 2021 Australian Junior Team selection. He also managed an awesome 3 second personal best in his 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:03.17.

The podium finishes kept coming for our F-Teamers. 17 year old Elliot Weber claimed a silver medal in his 200m IM in 2:05.44, a massive 5 second personal best and the PB's didn't stop there for the St Peters Western swimmer. Elliot finished 4th in his 100m Breaststroke from lane 0 (1:04.39) and 5th in his 200m Freestyle (1:51.78), just narrowly missing the podium in both events. He also produced the second quickest relay split of the meet in the Boys 14-17yrs 4x100m Freestyle relay in a split of 50.20 where his St Peters Western team claimed gold. With big personal best times and top ten finishes in every event, Elliot had a week to remember!

Hobart Aquatic Swim Club's Max Giuliani had a huge race in both the 17-year-old 100m and 200m Freestyle events to claim silver and bronze respectively with personal best times in both events (50.36) and (1:50.85) sharing the podium with Sam Short (1:47.69) and Kai Taylor (1.49.81) in his 200m Freestyle. His cracking times in each event broke the Tasmanian State record for 17 years and also places him under the qualification time for the 2021 Australian Junior Team for the 2 Freestyle swims!

Fellow Hobart F-Teamer Noah Kamprad, also had a week full of finals and top ten results and impressively finished off his week on the last night of the meet with a silver medal in the 1500m freestyle (15:52.14). He also claimed 4th place in his 400m Freestyle (4:02.06), 5th in the 800m Freestyle (8:30.41) and 7th in his 200m Butterfly in a time of 2:07.50, rounding out an incredible week at the Australian Age Championships.

Well done to our F-Teamers and massive congratulations to all who raced. Be sure to follow our social media pages to keep up to date with the results from Open Champs!

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