Hauling in the medals
TWO Clarence Valley swimmers, Tayla Chapman and Dylan Brown, mixed it with the State's best at the All Schools Swimming Championships in Sydney on Friday, bringing home a swag of medals between them. Representing Maclean High School, Dylan continued his great form this season, swimming into 1st place in the 13-years 50m breaststroke, 3rd place in the 12-14yrs 200m breaststroke, and placing 7th in the 13-years 100m freestyle. This included a two-second personal best for the 50m breaststroke, and a three-second improvement on his 200m breaststroke time. Tayla, a Grafton High School student, added to her achievements for 2007, placing 3rd in the 12-years 50m and 100m freestyle, and 50m butterfly events. Both swimmers gained selection to represent the Combined High Schools at the All Schools meet on the back of impressive results in the NSW CHS Championships in early April, where Dylan brought home a gold, two silver and a bronze medal, while Tayla scored two silver and two bronze medals. Dylan has also recently returned from competing in the Australian Age Swimming Championships in Perth after winning gold and silver medals in breaststroke at the NSW State Age Championships in January. Coach and manager of the Yamba Community Pool Richard Beresford said the two swimmers were up against tough competition at the the All Schools Championships, as it combined the best swimmers from state, private, and independent schools. "In the earlier CHS carnivals they were competing against swimmers from public schools, so the All Schools was a bit tougher than what they came up against earlier this season," he said. "To have two kids representing Clarence Valley schools at the All Schools is a very good achievement, the state of swimming in the area is quite healthy." As Dylan's coach, Beresford said he was delighted with his results after being unsure what to expect from his 13 year-old charge. "Dylan didn't train to peak for the All Schools, so his results were a bit of a suprise. Because he was out competing most of the month his training has been disrupted so we had no idea what to expect from him on Friday," he said. "He has a very good head for racing and really handles himself well, so if all things stay on track it will be interesting to see what happens next year."