Brown brothers swim at nationals
BROTHERS Dylan and Rory Brown have put Yamba’s swimmers on the map after causing a splash at the Australian Age Swimming Championships at SOPAC in Sydney.
This event brings together the best 13-18-year-olds from around the country, some of whom had recently competed at the Commonwealth Games trials and either made the team or qualified in finals.
Dylan, 16, swam in three events and claimed two bronze medals. His first bronze came in the 100m breaststroke where he qualified second into the final.
In front of him was Jayden Hadler, who had already made the Commonwealth Games swim team, with Buster Sykes further back.
His second bronze came in the 200m breaststroke where he swam a 2.49sec personal best of 2.28.47 to qualify third fastest.
Knowing this time was not going to be quick enough to win a medal, he went out hard in the final but got pipped for the silver by less than a second.
In his other event, the 50m freestyle, he swam a personal best of 24.80sec to finish 14th overall and agonisingly only .06sec from making the final.
Dylan’s times during this meet resulted in him breaking some Far North Coast records. His 30.93sec first 50 of his 100m breaststroke was a 16 years age record.
His 100m and 200m breaststroke times also broke records.
Younger brother Rory, 13, was competing at his first national titles in four events - the 100m and 200m breaststroke, and 50m and 100m freestyle.
In his least favoured event, the 200m breaststroke, he swam a 8.75sec personal best time to qualify fifth fastest for the final.
Unfortunately he couldn’t back that time up in the final and came seventh.
In his next event, the 100m freestyle, he took it out hard over the first 50 and was looking strong but faded in the second 50 to finish equal 16th overall.
Rory’s favourite event, the 50m freestyle, was next and he went into the competition ranked fourth overall.
He couldn’t quite produce his best and was forced to settle with 14th overall.
After his 200m breaststroke swim there was a good feeling he could produce something special in the 100m event, where he ultimately claimed 12th.
The boys, proud of their efforts, are now involved in training programs with the NSWIS and will be attending camps throughout the year.